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Reviewed June 20, 2012

We loved our visit to Whatamonga Homestay! It was a short drive on a curvy road (what other kind of road is there in NZ?) to get there, which made it easy to head to town for dinner or to visit the Queen Charlotte Track. We were at the end of a fantastic but fatiguing 3 weeks in NZ, so we decided, why drive to the Track to find a view, when we had the same spectacular view of the Marlborough Sounds right from our deck? We stayed in one of the 2 cottages with our own deck and small kitchenette, all very clean and tastefully decorated. We had lots of privacy with the hillsides and landscaping all around and only the next cottage door for a neighbor. It was quiet! When we did want company or directions for things to do, Colette was a wonderful host. We really enjoyed our visits over breakfast, with the same fantastic views. She gave us great ideas for wineries to visit in Blenheim, which as only a half hour drive away over good roads. And what a place to come back to, and have a glass of wine on the deck looking over the water! Plus we made the short climb down to the water and used the kayaks for a paddle on the very calm waters.

Parking was fine and very convenient but I agree with other reviewers that it was a little tricky getting out but once you learned the trick it was not a problem. The cottage was roomy until we pulled the hide-a-bed out, and then it was cozy but not cramped.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Management response:Responded June 21, 2012

Thanks for taking the time to review Whatamonga Homestay. We are thrilled that you enjoyed our tranquil setting, our individual cottages with panorama views of the bay and took up the opportunity to explore the water from our kayaks. Your 2 night stay gave you a great opportunity to explore the local area, but we are sure there is more that the Marlborough Sounds can offer you. We would be delighted if you would visit again.

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Reviewed June 19, 2012

We stayed in one of the units for 2 nights and loved it! The location is excellent having stunning views and peaceful and private surroundings - simply wonderful!!! It is well worth the 10 minute drive from Picton to stay in such a beautiful place, a show case of New Zealand scenery at its best.

Colette is an excellent host and very knowledgeable about the area and what it has to offer.

The unit we stayed in was spacious, clean and well appointed with a view from the deck over the sounds. The walk down through the gardens to the water listening to the native birds made this extra special

If you are planning to visit the Marlborough Sounds we recommend the Whatamonga bed and breakfast homestay to all. We look forward to visiting again soon - actually we wish we could live there!

Room Tip: The unit we stayed in had a comfortable queen size bed and a sofa bed which was great for our daughter.
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Alistair W, Owner at Whatamonga Homestay, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2012

Thank you for your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back to Whatamonga Homestay. It was a pleasure to be your hosts.

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Reviewed June 18, 2012

The pictures you see on the website are an accurate representation of how lovely this place is. Truly beautiful views. We stayed in one of the individual units which were very comfortable with big windows and a deck overlooking the water. Parking was a bit tight, but the room was much more spacious than I expected and spotlessly clean. Breakfast was delicious and there were homebaked treats in the fridge to enjoy upon arrival. You feel very welcome at Whatamonga but still are able to enjoy your privacy. Colette is a friendly host. Excellent place for a homestay and a very nice area to explore. I quite enjoyed Picton and if you have a vehicle (this is a few kilometres outside of town) it's a good base for exploration.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Alistair W, Owner at Whatamonga Homestay, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2012

Thanks so much for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We are thrilled that you had such a enjoyable stay. Colette would really welcome the chance to host you again when you return to the Marlborough Sounds.

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Reviewed January 21, 2018 via mobile
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Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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Alistair W, Owner at Whatamonga Homestay, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2018

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Reviewed May 2, 2013
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Alistair W, Owner at Whatamonga Homestay, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2013

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