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A New Zealand couple in our late 30‘s with our two year old daughter and quiet British Blue Cat. As professional artists we try to make the most of our peaceful surroundings.
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When we arrived we were met by Hayley who made us exceptionally welcome. She had laid in some food for us so that we could have breakfast the next day. The accommodation was as it was described and we had a lovely walk throughout the rain forest to the next bay. We had intended to stay an extra day but unfortunately I had developed a chest infection so decided to drive to Wellington to stay with our son. Hayley was fantastic in helping me find a doctor so I could get some antibiotics She could not have made us more welcome or more helpful and we will certainly visit again if we are back up in Auckland. What a great place to chill out, just a shame we did not get to try the hot tub. Next Time. Thanks Hayley.
This was our last stop on our NZ vacation and it was just fantastic. We enjoyed the quiet and pieceful environment. Hayley took the photos on the day we arrived, so it looked exactly like this :)
We had a super stay at Waterfront Retreat and would recommend this accommodation very highly. Hayley was thoughtful and kind and the added 'extras' that were included within the apartment made our stay even more pleasant. It has been a delight to meet Hayley and her family and Titirangi is most certainly a convenient base for exploring some of the wonders of North Island.
I am happy to join the Hayley appreciation following! A great apartment with all the facilities we needed, stunning location with beachfront and excellent value fish and chips a few minutes away!
Bettie Blue and the ducks kept an eye on us as we relaxed in the hammocks watching the tide go out.
Hayley and Paul are truly great hosts, very friendly and helpful.
I'm sure we will be staying here again!
We ended our three-week holiday with Hayley and it was such a great choice. The space was beautiful and serene. Hayley and her family were great hosts and had everything we needed available. We loved that we could walk 5 minutes for fish and chips and enjoy being right on the water as we ate. I would highly recommend starting or finishing any trip to Auckland with a stay here.
Back at home and willing to review my experience, decided to go through past guests' opinions for "inspiration". All of them are great and couldn't agree more, specially with Mirena. I share every word regarding the house, the location and the hosts. Undoubtedly recommended :)
Besides being a little tricky to find, Hayley's place was delightful and well worth the excursion out of the city. The apartment is beautifully appointed and the location is stunning. Hayley and her husband Paul were gracious hosts and provided excellent information about the region. Even after I left, they sent me follow-up suggestions on other locations I was planning to visit. I am grateful they were able to accommodate me on short notice and thank them for the warm welcome.
Great place and hosts. Place is exactly as described. This was our first Airbnb experience and it was perfect. Right by the water, out of the city but close enough to easily get place. Weather didn't allow us to use everything (kayaks, swimming, etc.) but we really liked this location. I recommend this location to anyone with their own transportation and/or ability to venture out on their own. You can hang here too (as we did most evenings) but you'll want a car to get out to see the sites.
I know many past guests have raved about Hayley and her guest apartment and I am glad to join their ranks. Hayley's house was my first stop in NZ -- and as a solo traveler I was very nervous about what I would find. But my worries were completely unfounded as Hayley took great care of me every step of the way!
The apartment is a dream - great views, surrounded by lush foliage, clean, modern, comfortable... I loved walking down to the private beach and watching the tide roll in or out. The ducks kept me company, as did Hayley's pet cat Bettie Blue, who followed me around the grounds!
Hayley helped me navigate Auckland and encouraged me when I felt overwhelmed. You could not ask for a nicer, more knowledgeable host when visiting a foreign country. Really I owe her so much.
You will find the apartment spacious enough for a couple or small family but it was also cozy enough for me alone. The kitchen is amazingly stocked with hot plates and appliances and a vast array of spices to cook with.
Lastly, Laingholm is a wonderful community. It's so easy from there to get to the mountains and beaches (I did it by car), which are spectacular even late in the season. It's a unique refuge from busy Auckland and feels a getaway every time you drive past the quaint village center. Please go, you'll love it!!
Last minute booking and Hayley was great to deal with. Property was as good as it sounds and we had a lovely time just chilling for the weekend.
Property had everything you would need for a break, either long or short, it was very clean and modern, and we would have no hesitation in recommending it to others.