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“Magical Find Outside Auckland”
Open plan lounge through to dining and decks
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Open plan lounge through to dining and decks
Deck wraps around ... Bedroom (queen bed) ...
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15 reviews
Open plan lounge through to dining and decks
Deck wraps around ...
Bedroom (queen bed) ...
Bathroom
Indoor/outdoor dining area looking onto decks
Dining area opening onto decks on two sides
Kitchen and dining area
Bedroom
Bathroom
Hand basin and shower
Lounge onto decks ...
Restful reading ...
Native wood pigeon just outside bedroom ...
Handcrafted New Zealand bowl
Authentic Pacific bowl
'Summer house', a studio nestled in the rain-forest across the stream from City-Bush Retreat ...
Waterfall (on site)
Pool and waterfall from the footbridge (on site)
700 year old Kauri (on site)
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3
Waitakere City, North Island

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Excellent - based on 15 reviews
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nanamelan...
Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Magical Find Outside Auckland”
Reviewed 6 November 2011 for a stay in November 2011
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Frances and Max were our extremely kind and helpful hosts. We stayed in their one bedroom apartment above their home. The location and views made this property very appealing. We used the private and huge wrap-around deck often as we were fortunate enough to have good weather. Sitting on the deck overlooking their gorgeous property with it's hidden paths and waterfall and stream was magical. The apartment is conveniently located to a gorgeous scenic drive, buses and a train that takes you into downtown Auckland. We used the train several times upon their suggestion to get to the city and ferries. A visitor center and hiking trails are nearby. The apartment itself is perfect. It has every convenience and feels very spacious with it's hardwood floors and high beamed ceilings. We stayed a week and plan to go back to this lovely retreat.

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Liked best: Beautiful grounds
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Reviewed 2 November 2011 for a stay in October 2011
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Travelling group: Family with young children
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BooFit
Hong Kong
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38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“Gem of a find: Everything and more.....”
Reviewed 26 March 2011 for a stay in March 2011
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This was such a wonderful find and was a good start to our recent holiday in the North Island. Less than half an hour’s drive from Auckland’s International Airport and we arrived at this lovely self contained classy apartment.

The apartment is nestled in forest like surroundings, with no noise from passing cars. The village centre (with interesting cafes, supermarket, shops etc) is just a few minutes’ drive away. Furniture and fittings in the apartment were of good quality. All rooms were of good size and well appointed. Big glass doors opened onto a wide patio surrounded by greenery. Comfortable outdoor furniture provided a good spot for relaxing, enjoying the sun and gazing at the grand tall kauri tree that is famous locally.

Bathroom: Spacious and clean with a good sized shower and a good sized washbasin. Generous supply of fluffy towels.

Bedroom: very comfortable queen bed, good quality linen, electrical heating pads if required, ample storage for clothes.

Lounge: Comfy sofas, TV, DVD. A lovely place to relax in after dinner.

Dining: Separate dining area with lovely dining furniture. Open kitchen was spacious and very well equipped with utensils etc and appliances, including a dishwasher, cooker, oven, microwave and good sized fridge..

Good breakfast provisions were provided and we were given a choice of different kinds of breads, cereal, milk, yogurt, coffee, tea etc. Nice little extras like a pitcher of water in fridge, ice cubes, couple of juicy tomatoes, nice ripe avocado and a wonderful bar of chocolate were thoughtfully supplied.

Our Hosts: Frances and Max are wonderful people – friendly and welcoming but never intrusive.

This is indeed a great find and we enjoyed our stay the first night so much we decided to stay here again the last night of this trip before we flew back home!

We will certainly be back!

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Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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