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John and Kay were very wonderful hosts. They live in a house just behind the cottage and were always available and happy to help. They provided us with some toys for our son to use at the beach, and quickly took care of the issues we had with the cottage. They even replaced a washing machine that was no longer working.
The location of the cottage is fantastic for a beach holiday. In 5 minutes you can walk to either the sheltered estuary, or to the ocean beach. The ocean beach stretches on for miles, and is beautiful. Bowentown is a very small village, and only has one small shop and one restaurant, so a car ride is required if you need groceries or other shopping. Waihi Beach Township is 10 minutes by car and has a FourSquare Market, several boutiques, and many restaurants. For a short holiday, you can probably get anything you need there. We stayed for a month, and preferred to drive a little farther (20 minutes) to Katikati to buy groceries at the much larger Countdown Supermarket which has a bigger selection and better prices.
The cottage itself is a little worn down, but met all our needs. There were lots of little things that could use updating, but everything was acceptable. While its not luxurious, the rent was much lower than other choices, and it's a great deal for the price.