I don't write reviews but this is so exceptional I should broadcast it!
After completing months of hard work, my wife and I decided to take a vacation in New Zealand to get some fresh air and decompress; went online and found "Te Muri Ridge" vacation house.
“Te Muri” is situated in Mahurangi, a seaside suburb within one hour’s drive from Auckland Airport. In Maori, it means “breeze". Its main attractions include a secluded villa, sheltered bays, serene beaches, native shrubs, vast pastures, natural parks, etc., etc..
Visualizing in our mind the tranquility and beauty of the place, and without a wink, booked a week's stay online. Price is reasonable, inclusive of breakfast, free wifi and… a bottle of 2009 Mahurangi wine!
On arrival, we were totally stunned. It turned out to be a detached residence (“The Barn”) for two (up to a family of 3) of about 150 square meters, with living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, laundry room; toiletry, cooking, entertainment, games and other amenities were plentiful and complete; the king bed was big and comfortable. Adjacent to the property was a private tennis court. Interior layout was exquisite and elegant. The owner had lived many years in foreign countries and collected lots of authentic ornaments, tastefully displayed. The house has huge cathedral like glass windows to the floor, overlooking one side into rolling green hills into the distance, with sheep grazing freely and birds singing, then the other angle into ships sailing in peaceful water. Recalling these moments now is delightful.
The owner family of “Te Muri Ridge” owns 140 hectares of pasture land, but builds its home on the hilltop with 360-degree wide-angle views of the sea, rolling valleys and national parks. This “Barn”, the vacation rental, is 200 meters away and can be most aptly described as the Chinese poet says, "far from the hustle and bustle; forget all worries of the world."
Will staying here for one week be boring? No! 5:30am got up to watch the sunrise (sunrise in New Zealand is world-famous); after breakfast, drove 5 minutes down rolling hills to a nearby beach for a swim or canoeing, watched birds flying in flocks, soaked in beauty of the islands afar; after shower, lunch at the close-by mall with specialties like fresh homemade pies, cheese and organic ice cream; in the afternoon, one could watch a movie (we’re big fans) at a uniquely decorated theater, or visit the pottery factory, bee farm. sculpture museum, etc. Back at the “Barn”, after a nap, one could cook a delicious dinner, invite the owner for a game of tennis or just relax. Hiking in bird sanctuaries and national parks are educational and healthy options. Of course, not forgetting fishing on shore or rented boat!!
Seven days went by in an instant. Recollecting these carefree, private and relaxing moments, my wife and I still memorize the fun and enjoyment now. After returning, our whole bodies feel fully recharged, refreshed and serene.
Sincerely, next time when there is a need for a quiet and peaceful holiday, “Te Muri Ridge” will always be our first choice ! ! !