Bush Retreat in the Bay of Islands

House - Private room · State Highway, Opua, Northland 0200, New Zealand

The Space

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.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Cancellation: Flexible

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • We arrived at Bush Retreat about 9.00 pm on a very wet evening. Our hosts welcomed us most warmly and provided an evening meal which was as a result of a special request we made to avoid making our arrival even later. Susan and Ladislav obviously love having visitors into their home, they happily share vast travel experiences of their own and offer very helpful local advice and suggestions.
    The breakfasts provided were lavish indeed.We had a lovely time with them and in the area and became good friends in the 3 days spent at Bush Retreat..
    Highly recommended and a most comfortable and peaceful home. Stuart & Zofia

    April 2014
  • Susan and Ladislav were very generous as well as interesting. They were quite ready for a chat, and even offered us a wine to chat over, although we settled for afternoon tea with home made biscuits.
    Lasilav enjoys feeding the wild quails and pigeons, and their garden is fantastic.
    Our room was very comfortable and we had our own bathroom.
    Breakfast was truly amazing, but you will need to visit to understand.
    Susan's directions for finding the house were clear & easy to follow - and accurate!!
    We would be very happy to stay here again.

    March 2014
  • Very nice host,very helpful, we had a very good time!

    February 2014
  • Lovely place and well situated. This couple is very welcoming and made our first airbnb experience awesome! Breakfasts made by Susan are just HUGE and DELICIOUS.

    February 2014
  • Well what can you say about Susan and Ladslav they were great people to spend are last days in New zealand with.This was a great place to stay and the accomadation was 1st class you would not get this type of service in a top (website hidden) for the breakfast it was amazing.this location is a little way from the shops but rember this Susan is more than happy to give you a lift for a small fee to cover her fuel.
    On top off a wonderful garden Ladislav makes a grreat whisky the only trouble is it tends to make you talk a lot but it is very nice so Susan and Ladislv thank you for a great stay.

    February 2014
  • Ladislav and Susan are so very generous as well as interesting. Their home is a warm, loving home and their hospitality is unbeatable. We loved the outlook, the garden is fantastic and the room is very comfortable. They both went out of their way to make our travels in the Bay of Islands easier. We learnt some of the rules of pronouncing Maori words and enjoyed a good chat over a glass of wine. I feel that our trip to NZ was enriched because of our stay with Susan and Ladislav.

    February 2014
  • Es war ein ausgesprochen freundliches, warmes zu Hause für die drei Nächte, die wir dort verbracht haben. Die Gastgeber sind sehr zuvorkommend, herzlich und hilfsbereit, das Frühstück von Susan ist überwältigend, mehr geht nicht. Vielen Dank für alles.

    February 2014
  • Susan and Stanislaus were a very nice and interesting couple, very hospitable and I really enjoyed chatting with them. The house is in a very tranquil spot, great for getting away from the stress of urban life. The coast here is utterly beautiful, especially if you like sailing boats and tidal landscapes/ecosystems.

    February 2014
  • When the Gods of Hospitality gave out the gold dust ,Susan and Ladislav were given a great fortune,for each day they sprinkled a little on me and others , making our stay amongst them truly enjoyable.
    The settting is tranquil and spacious,so near to all the amenities that the Bay of Islands has to offer.
    High standard of hygiene,with a really comfortable bed.
    A loving couple to be emulated and respected within the Airbnb community

    January 2014
  • Susan was a great hostess and we enjoyed our stay in Opua. It was the ideal location for us.

    January 2014
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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.
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