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Reviewed March 2, 2017

The site on the internet gives reasons to looking forward for our stay at "the Cove". When we arrived everything, except the sofa, was better than we hoped for. The whole place is awesome. We also got only sunshine, so that was an extra. But still, the place is silenced, the ocean comes and goes and everything fits. The house itself is good enough for four people and great for two. When you go to the Bay of Islands you must stay at the sanctuary. Otherwise you've missed a great experience.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Herman T
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Reviewed February 27, 2017

We spent a week at the Sanctuary and it was a wonderful location. Hardly saw a human being but much to see in the interesting bay . Only 2 cottages on site and ours was very well equipped. Will return another year without fail.

Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Jonathan B
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Reviewed January 27, 2017

We enjoyed a wonderful family holiday just a couple of weeks ago. Perfect location,cove cottage was excellent,facilities fab and just wonderful to also have the cottage cleaned during our stay. The access to the water was excellent for our daughter who uses a wheelchair. Only suggestion I would make is perhaps one of the double beds being able to split into 2 singles,if that was ever a possibility it would provide more choice for the cottage to host 4 people. The whole property is an absolute credit to the owner Bruce

  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled with family
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Thank centremanagerkwps
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Reviewed August 25, 2016

Bruce was a perfect host from the minute we booked into his beautiful Sanctuary until we checked out and beyond. He couldn't have been more accommodating. He is very proud of what he has built in the Far North, as well he should be. Having left the corporate world behind, the Sanctuary became just that for him- a therapeutic endeavour - building a phenomenal garden spot on no bank waterfront property. There are two very serviceable cabins, each with two bedrooms and a bath, tucked away in total privacy. The bed was very comfortable and the kitchen well equipped. A skiff and two kayaks greeted us on the front lawn on our arrival. From the car to the cabin we walked through an orchard of citrus trees with ripe fruit just asking to be picked and enjoyed (which Bruce later told us to feel free to do). Bruce left us in total privacy but was also available for anything we needed- even gathering kindling and firewood for our outdoor fireplace that we sat in front of each night of our stay while having sundowners. You won't go wrong booking here as it is also very convenient to all of the major activities in the far north.

Room Tip: There are two cabins= pretty much the same, but the one to the north seems a little more private, but farther from the car park
  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank yummyrib
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Reviewed April 28, 2016

We have booked the Pohutukawa cottage with friends over the Anzac weekend. It was pure bliss. The cottage has everything you need to relax and it's big enough for 2x couples. We were lucky with the weather so we could use the outdoor amenities. Due to the bay being sheltered kayaking was great, even for beginners. We spent one afternoon just relaxing on the porch (hammock) and the sun lounger, reading. Such a quiet place, only birds and the sound of the sea. Highly recommended little spot of paradise.

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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