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Magic Cottages at Takou River

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Set a short distance from Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands and voted one of the Top Ten Luxury Lodges in New Zealand, Magic Cottages at Takou River are secluded and beautiful riverside retreats set on the banks of the picturesque Takou River. Within earshot of the sea at Takou Bay and surrounded by 150 acres of certified organic pasture, native bush and 5 acres of sub-tropical gardens, the 4 cottages and recently completed Lodge provide boutique self-catering accommodation that is eco-friendly yet still indulgent.Peace, seclusion and tranquility abound - a beautiful private river frontage; 150 acres of organic farmland with marked walks along the river bank, through native bush and pastures to secluded swimming and picnic spots; magical glow worms; 5 acres of beautiful sub-tropical gardens to wander and explore; our private jetty and boat house with free kayaks, canoes and fishing rods; and last but not least, access to the beautiful deserted sandy beaches at Takou Bay a short paddle or drive downstream. Once you've finished exploring, relax and unwind in the privacy of your cottage with a pampering massage or spa treatment. To complete your stay, gourmet meals are also available by prior arrangement. Magic Cottages are centrally located to explore the wider Bay of Islands and Far North, yet hidden away from the hustle and bustle amid 150 acres of organic pasture, native bush and river frontage. Enjoy the flourishing birdlife; wander enchanted gardens and riverside walks; paddle to Takou Bay; relax, refresh and romance in the claw foot bath – or bask in the bliss of doing absolutely nothing.
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Property amenities
Free Parking
Hot Tub
Free Internet
Self-Serve Laundry
Non-Smoking Hotel
Room features
Non-Smoking Rooms
Refrigerator in room
Family Rooms
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River View
Quirky Hotels
Full view
Getting there
Kerikeri Airport13 km
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Takou River is a little paradise where you can escape for a long week-end. A peaceful location where we love spending time just walking around, kayaking and have a glass of champagne in the garden. We booked a Hot Tub and we were completely surprised...More

Date of stay: December 2018
1  Thank LizzieGCorbasson
Response from takouriver, Owner at Magic Cottages at Takou RiverResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for staying with us at Takou River - we loved having you here and we're so glad you had a wonderful time!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came straight here after landing in NZ and as hoped arrived in heaven. Set in beautiful surroundings, summer house was spacious, clean and had everything you need. We made use of the kayaks provided and paddled out to the sea which was stunning, and...More

Date of stay: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I booked 2 nights in the Summer Cottage as a surprise for hubbys birthday. Everything was clean and tidy on our arrival. Directions were perfect. I had ordered a 3 course dinner to be left for us to reheat. Anna delivered the meal within about...More

Date of stay: November 2018
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Response from takouriver, Owner at Magic Cottages at Takou RiverResponded 3 weeks ago

We're so pleased you had a wonderful weekend! Looking forward to welcoming you both back again soon. Best wishes from us all, Anna

Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

We spent $350 per night for 3 nights and were extremely disappointed with the property and disgusted at the dirty kitchen. We had to wash everything before usingusing, chopping board, wine glasses, frypan, plates and emailed them to which they sent someone to clean the...More

Date of stay: November 2018
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Response from takouriver, Owner at Magic Cottages at Takou RiverResponded 8 November 2018

Dear Tanya, Many thanks for your review and, after a great deal of thought, we have to say that we are completely bemused by it. We're so sorry that you felt this way, and are struggling to understand why, especially given that 99.9% of our...More

Reviewed 22 October 2018

What a cool experience! Warm and cosy stay. Cute little setup with the kitchen and toilet amenity's. My wife and I absolutely loved the outdoor bath beside the river and the small little unique touches around the place. Thanks again Anna & Ian for an...More

Date of stay: October 2018
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13 August 2017|
Response from takouriver | Property representative |
Hi Kelly and Max, Thanks for your enquiry and we would love to help. Unfortunately we don't offer single night stays. Our normal minimum is 2 nights, and over Christmas and New Year, this extends to 7 nights (1 week... More
Room Tips
"Magic cottage is one of the best view you can have!"
2 weeks ago
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""Glamping" is really great if you are looking for privacy."
22 Oct. 2018
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"If you want total privacy, book the Magic Cottage in summer"
18 Feb. 2018
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"The house is amazing, I also can't wait to return on an anniversary to one of the other properties."
18 Jan. 2018
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