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Boise, Idaho
Reviewed 29 March 2016

It was our last week in New Zealand, and we felt like splurging on a room with a view. Was it worth it? Not in the least. Screens on the windows would have made for more relaxing evenings, as we encountered numerous mozzies and a variety of unusual looking and large insects and spiders as soon as the sun set....

Thank Stuart H
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 March 2016

Just outside Paihia on a hill. Reached through a narrow entrance up a steep slope. Opens up into a huge garden with BBQ and patio chairs. We were in the double cabin with fantastic views of the bay from the large balcony. The double bedroom also overlooks the bay . The other bedroom is at the back by the front...

Thank chrisatholly55
Cumbria, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 March 2016

Stayed in The Retreat 10 years ago, and then again recently. On both occasions the owners were fantastic. Very friendly, very helpful. The units have superb sea views, and decking to sit out and enjoy it from. Units are well equipped and clean. The motel is about 2km south of Paihia, high up on a ridge, and therefore very quiet....

1Thank John M
Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed 15 March 2016

We loved this place. We had a family two-bed apartment with a sea view...and what a stunning view, through the surrounding natural bush to the bay below. The apartment was spacious and clean and the owners,Jan and Kevin welcoming and very helpful with local information. We would come back here again and highly recommend it.

2Thank Tiernan M
Regensburg, Germany
Reviewed 10 March 2016

We have been to Paihia a couple of times. This time we had the perfect accommodation. Very quiet, great view over the bay, absolutely charming. Room was very clean and comfy. View from the private deck perfect. Very good value for the pric ewe paid.

1Thank WolfJosef
Reviewed 7 March 2016

I believe we had the studio. We loved this place the view was stunning, the staff were very helpful and our room clean quiet and comfortable. Kitchen and bathroom are retro and may not suit everyone but we found all we needed. Outside we had a patio area. Wish we could have stayed longer and done some of the walks....

1Thank screennamechalky
Warrnambool, Australia
Reviewed 9 February 2016

Great 2 bedroom apartment with fantastic views across the bay from the balcony and living room. Hosts were fantastic and gave us great tips and information on what to do and see in this region. Thanks Kev for the tip to see the big Kauri tree which we all hugged. A bit of a walk into town so may need...

Thank IanM310
Lausanne, Switzerland
Reviewed 24 January 2016

We spend 2 great nights at the Retreat, with a stunning view on the bay. Here calm place, which we enjoyed a lot. The room we had was very confortable and quite big, and quite complete kitchen equipments. The hosts are very nice and can glandly help you. We had a very nice stay here. Great place near Paihia !

1Thank Oriana P
Suzhou, China
Reviewed 26 December 2015 via mobile

Not far from Paihia, but still calm. Excellent location with view over the bay. Spacious apartment although the furniture is a bit outdated. Good equipment in the kitchen. Grill and kids trampoline available. Good starting point for day trips in the bay

2Thank Taste C
Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed 10 December 2015 via mobile

We stayed 10 days and had a marvellous time. Very quiet, very relaxing, spectacular views and friendly service. As it wasn't busy, just in early December, Jo upgraded us from a Studio to a nice, quiet and spacious unit as we extended our stay from 3 to 10 nights. We enjoyed our stay very much


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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A quiet,secluded natural bush setting set on a 10 acre Penninsula with panoramic uninterrupted seaviews,Northfacing,but only 3 minutes drive to Paihia Central.Bush walks,great Fishing,native bird life and access to the Coastal Walkway A perfect home away from Home ,Friendly Hospitality ,Relaxed Genuine Kiwi Owners ,on site. Prepare to be spoilt.A great place to base your Complete Northland Holiday ... more   less 

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Address: 22 Paihia Road | Paihia, Paihia 0247, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Price Range: $124 - $215 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
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“Room 8 is excellent.”
paulsuzanne101, 1 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Unit 8 was situated up higher still than some of the others and surrounded in bush. We would choose this one again.”
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Josie006, 6 Jul 2016 | Read review
“I don't think any of their rooms would be unacceptable... as they all have beach views.”
TeresaS812, 16 Apr 2016 | Read review
“All rooms offer fabulous ocean views.”
ianr150, 31 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Our 2 bedroom unit had amazing views, but all others were similar”
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506sheilaa, 7 Nov 2015 | Read review
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