Bush Retreat is in Opua, in the Bay of Islands, just one minute's drive from the car ferry to Russell, and about 8 minutes' drive to Paihia. It is a spacious home with three spare bedrooms, two queen and a twin share, with one bathroom and separate toilet, so if we have other guests, the bathroom and toilet will be shared. The garden has a huge lawn with a beautiful bush backdrop. Guests are welcome to use the free wireless internet connection. It is a smoke free zone, but the garden is large enough to escape to for a puff without disturbing other guests. There is ample parking.
The nightly rate includes a continental breakfast, and our kitchen is available at all times for extra cooking if required.
Your hosts are Sue and Ladislav Graczer. Between us we speak a number of languages, including Czech, Hungarian, Slovak, Spanish and German. Ladis enjoys cooking and gardening, and taking his 16ft boat out on fishing trips. Sue is treasurer of the Bay of Islands Travel Club, is a regular at the Opua Cruising club quiz night, swims a lot, and teaches languages in evening classes. We have both travelled widely, and love meeting new people.
We look forward to meeting you.
We stayed with Susan and Lanislav for 4 nights over New Years. They were very welcoming, always lovely to chat with, and very knowledgeable about the area. The location in the bush was serene, with the added highlight of hearing kiwis & morepork in the evening. Breakfast each morning was fresh and generous - a great start to each morning in the beautiful Bay of Islands. We also enjoyed meeting the other travelling guests and have made connections sure to last longer than our short stay in Opua. Susan and Lanislav are extremely accommodating hosts and we would recommend their place to anyone heading to the area.
We could not have wished for better hosts - Susan and Ladis made us feel right at home and we enjoyed chatting with them over cups of tea or a glass of wine. They have a lovely home (and garden), and our room was clean, bright and airy. it is in a great location, a short drive away from Paihia and within walking distance of Opua harbour. Each morning a feast was laid out for our breakfast, which was delicious. We really enjoyed our few days here and definitely plan on returning next time we visit the Bay of Islands!
A totally satisfying experience. The property is conveniently situated for Opua, Russell and Pahia and has a lovely bush outlook. Room and bed extremely comfortable. The hosts were very engaging and hospitable. The breakfasts offered a wide choice and were an ideal start for the day. Highly recommended - we'd love to go back.
Lovely place with some of the nicest people i have ever met. Susan & Vladis are very welcoming and have quite a few interesting stories to share. Last but not least: No description will do the breakfast justice, it's truly amazing :-)
Very good experience, nothing to complain about. Hosts were super kind from the beginning to the end and very helpful in finding the right things to do in the next day on the the Bay Of Islands. The bush in front of their house is indeed very beautiful and calming, with quails and local birds flying and singing.
One curious thing is in the bathroom: a sink with two taps, one too hot and the other too cold... but guess this is NZ practice as I found it everywhere else. Am still waiting for someone to explain me why they do it that way.
Susan and Ladis were wonderful and informative hosts. Susan had a wonderful breakfast spread in the the morning with various New Zealand fruits. They knew the area around Opua well and helps us with our travel decisions. They were delightful to talk to and to get to know.
Karen and Don
Ladislav and Susan are the best of hosts. They made us feel at home and our little Noah adored playing with them. The house is nice and clean and well located. Breakfast was lavish and with everything one could want and the bay of islands is definitely a place to visit. All in all a very positive experience.
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We fell in love with the beautiful Bay of Islands while on holiday with our children. We love the sea and bush, and are enjoying life in the small, friendly community of Opua. We have travelled extensively, usually visiting friends and family in Europe and Australia, but other trips have included campervanning in Northern Territory and Western Australia. Ladis's passions are his garden, cooking, fishing and feeding the flock of quails which visit us from the bush. Sue cannot live without a good book, and good social life. She is treasurer of the Bay of Islands Travel Club, does aquarobics, belongs to a book club and is a regular at the local quiz night at the Cruising Club. She runs a Spanish evening class.
Running the house as a B&B is fun. We have made some good friends, and enjoyed learning from our guests, while making them as comfortable as possible. People sometimes come for a night, then ask if they can stay for week.
The Bay of Islands does not have a local bus service, so if you arrive without your own transport we can pick you up and drop you off at your arrival destination, and at your tour pickup points for a nominal fee, which will be calculated on the mileage incurred.