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“Relaxing, lush vegetation, couple friendly”
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Powai cottage
Powai Cottage views
Self contained Studio Cottage
Grapes from the vine and water views
Super King size bed
twin beds convert to king size as required
self contained kitchen area
Double decker bath
bathroom
boat on the water
contiental breakfast basket
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Cottage -
Studio, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Kaiwaka, Northland Region, North Island

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Roaming_N...
Canberra, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Relaxing, lush vegetation, couple friendly”
Reviewed 27 April 2017 for a stay in April 2017
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We stayed for 2 nights in Autumn. It was the perfect spot for quiet relaxation. Breakfast basket was delicious. All the amenities provided added some luxury to the cottage. Although located near the owners property, there was privacy but also room to wander and explore. We borrowed the owner's kayak and ventured out for some marine exploring, and Cathy and John made this easy by lending boat shoes etc. This far up the harbour, it's very still and a great area to bird watch and explore the inlets. The only downside was being limited to either side of high-tide due to water access, but that stopped us lazing in bed too late so no big deal
Location is great, a short drive from Kaiwaka township with shops, cafes etc. Good base for exploring local areas like Waipu etc. a

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Lynette R
Auckland Central, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Stunning experience, exceptional service, gorgeous cottage set in a beautiful natural setting”
Reviewed 21 January 2016 for a stay in January 2016
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person found this review helpful

Second time for us at Powai Cottage/ Lodge and couldn't wait to get back to a place where we feel enveloped by care in a tropical paradise. The views over the Kaipara harbour are stunning - changing with the light every hour of the day.
Attention to detail is Cathy and Johns strength as well as being so welcoming and friendly. Luxurious beds with quality linen, FULLY equiped cottage for self catering. And the breakfast...yum....most of which comes straight from their garden like the tasty berries to name one.
We took our extended family this time who loved their experience - two days felt like a week of relaxation and the outdoor candle lit bath was a highlight.
We all left feeling like we were leaving behind our friends.
No request was a problem. Many thanks Cathy and John.
We will be back. I promise.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
23 Jan 2016
Thank you so much for a wonderful review. Lovely to have you back to stay and we really enjoyed meeting and chatting with your family, here's to beautiful people...Cheers! Cathy & John
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mslouiseb...
Auckland, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“You had me at the homemade muffins (and cookies) ...”
Reviewed 3 January 2016 for a stay in January 2016

Powai Studio Cottage is perfect for those wishing for beauty, seclusion, comfort and a garden with a view. Cath and John were there to greet us and show us to the cottage where there was an extraordinary, more than generous, completely unexpected complimentary breakfast (muesli, fresh fruit, homemade marmalade, fresh bread, greek yoghurt) plus TWO tins of homemade baked goods (anzac biscuits and savoury muffins). The cottage is modern, spotless, and well decked out with new utensils, pots and pans and an ample selection of plates and cutlery. The Marimekko linen was a lovely surprise, the toileties better than most hotels, and the bed very comfortable. There are stunning views out to the lush garden and beyond that the majestic Kaipara harbour (the largest enclosed harbour in New Zealand). The garden is buzzing with bumblebees, monarch butterflies, wood pigeons and even a Tui or two. We highly recommend Powai for a classic Northland experience.

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Liked best: Attention to detail in the cottage and the beautiful garden
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
8 Jan 2016
Perfect guests, so glad you chose to stay at Powai.
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flossclar...
Auckland
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Paradise personified”
Reviewed 10 November 2015 for a stay in November 2015

If you're looking for Food for the Soul - Peace, Tranquility, Bush walks, Views with only the sound of the birds and bees, then this accommodation is for you. A wonderful, self contained cottage nestled privately on the edge of native bush. Stunning views from the deck and even from sitting up in bed! A very well appointed cottage with kitchenette, bathroom and comfortable beds. Everything you need to make this slice of Heaven so enjoyable. Owners, Cathy and John are friendly and approachable. Wander through their large country garden of vegetables and fruit - a Gardener's Paradise. We will definitely be staying here again.

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Liked best: The peace and the stunning views.
Travelling group: Friends
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Management Response
11 Nov 2015
Hope you can return soon, C
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emily h
1 review
“it really is the perfect escape!”
Reviewed 19 June 2015 for a stay in April 2015

After a long flight from the UK and the hustle and bustle of Auckland, Powai is the perfect place to slow down and appreciate New Zealand's simple life.
Powai is an easy drive from Auckland, and once you start following the dirt track you begin to get an idea of what is in store for you. The distance from the main road means there is no traffic noise to wake you up, only bird song and the smell of coffee. If you are up in time then watching the sunrise from the deck (or your bed) is pretty special.
If you are a nature lover then there are plenty of birds, plants and fruit trees to spot in the garden. You'll find plenty of books around the accommodation to look up the local wildlife, or ask the hosts Cath and John who will help you with anything from bird watching, fishing spots or tide times if you want to get out on the kayaks.
The facilities are more than ample if you want to cook for yourself but the evening meal and breakfast that the hosts prepared were delicious.
I found Powai very well positioned for exploring the North Island, staying there on two separate occasions during my visit. As mentioned it is just 90 minutes from Auckland, Waipo Cove is a stunning surf beach about 40 minutes East, and the Bay of Islands to the North is both a beautiful and a historic part of New Zealand.
Whether you are a Kiwi wanting a break for a few days or travelling from overseas you will have a very comfortable and relaxing stay at Powai Lodge.

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Liked best: location
Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
26 Jun 2015
Greetings from Powai, NZ
Are you a travel writer! Thanks for your great review, C & J
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