We had three nights here and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Tessa left out a welcome board for our arrival and the walk down the garden path to our bungalow was idyllic. The monarch butterflies were amazing.
The bungalow was spotlessly clean, homely and a lot of thought had gone into it such as flower arrangements, reading material, music cds, etc.
The bed was so comfortable and the spacious shower had lashings of hot water.
This is a working ranch and farm so don't be surprised to find a very rustic bungalow with a few strange noises at night you can expect in the middle of the countryside.
Tessa kindly provided us with mozzy spray and plug so we weren't bothered by them. The occasional bug did find its way in but they are harmless enough.
The setting is beautiful and the walk around the garden was lovely. We enjoyed the occasional visit from Tessa's big friendly dogs - Digger and Otis - too.
All in all, a memorable stay in a lovely rural setting.
I'll be the first to say that when we saw the batch from the outside I had second thoughts. It was our first farm stay after all. But inside....WOW! Great furnishings, full kitchen, big bathroom, SUPER comfortable all around. The property too is very cool. The veg garden is extremely diverse: corn, basil, rosemary, beans, peas, squash, onions, tomatoes, capsicums, and a few things I'm sure I forgot. We didn't have to make a shop-run except for bread and meat. (nice grill too!)
Oh yeah - and a wash machine as well. =D
We have recently arrived home from a delightful trip throughout the North Island of New Zealand and our stay at Rangihau Ranch was the best and most comfortable place to stay during our two week trip. More...it was peaceful, quiet, beautiful, and the owners, and Tess and Nick, were welcoming and made us feel 'at home' during our 4 day stay. Tess provided us with butter, milk, fresh eggs, the famous Manuka Honey, preserves were in the fridge, oranges in a bowl on the table, tea, coffee, sugar on the shelf. The cottage itself was perfect, spacious, comfortable....we truly felt at home. A grassy path led us to the cottage with gardens of veggies and flowers on either side. There is a patio area outside and we sat under the tree for our morning coffee and afternoon tea, enjoying the atmosphere of sight, sound and smell. We bought bread and cereal for breakfast with Tess' eggs, lunch was taken out, and we grilled lamb chops with potatoes and fresh salad from the garden in the evening. So totally refreshing to live simply and peacefully for our stay. During our stay I bottle-fed an orphaned calf and a lamb, and we saw sheep being shorn and the wool packed into large bales; I loved the feeling of living on a farm, seeing the sheep, bulls, cows and horses every day, and the dogs and hens too that ran to you, looking for a hand-out! Thank you Tess and Nick!
One of our favourite stays in NZ last year so much so that we hope to stay longer there next year 2017. Nicest hosts. Great garden to pick from. Close to so much to venture out to. Loved it all!!!
Great place to get away to and great for kids. Close to main attractions in the area – Cathedral Cove, Hahei Hot Beach etc. Very peaceful and picturesque farm with beautiful gardens, fields and animals galore. If the kids love horse riding then this is the place to stay, as others have stated, Tessa is a great hostess and horse riding her specialty. Cottage is well setup and has all you need including good supply of condiments, veges from the garden, laundry, electric and log fire heating. Bring in supplies if you plan to eat in. Coroglen Hotel the closest for eating out, though the range of food a bit limited and kitchen closed early in evening. Our recommendation for food and drink out is Purangi Estate – you won’t be disappointed. WiFi was not working, but you come here to leave all that behind – within mobile reception though.
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