The Greenwood Guide to New Zealand

Driving Creek Villas

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Please note that this guide was last updated a few years ago (2009), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

David Foreman
21a Colville Road, Coromandel Town, Coromandel

Tel: + 64 (0)7-866-7755
Cell: + 64 (0)21-116-6393
Fax: + 64 (0)7-866-7753

It was on these very banks of the Coromandel stream that gold was first discovered in New Zealand. Some 150 years later, I struck gold myself.....

...... in the form of the Driving Creek Villas, three comfortable retreats tucked away amongst trees and native bush. David has designed everything to lull you into a state so hypnotically tranquil that no matter how long you spend here it will never quite seem enough. Once you step inside, the villas are so fresh, airy and naturally uplifting that you’ll feel as if you're floating within their light wooden structures. With polished wooden floors, sprightly orange and purple furnishings, chrome-fitted kitchens and French windows that bi-fold onto the deck, they ooze from all the right places that understated style of laid-back modern living. And you’ll not want for comfort with the finest Egyptian cotton linen on beds and all the gadgets you could dream of elsewhere. But I’d forfeit them all simply to wallow in the Japanese hot tub and listen to tui birds sing over the sound of the stream. Kids and opportunists alike will love exploring the creek to feed the eels (!) and search for gold. There’s also the famous Driving Creek Railways, a gold stamper battery and two beautiful gardens right at your door and with stunning beaches and walks all around you can happily idle your way through a lazy weekend or more. Bicycles are complimentary. Renowned for its artsy community, the village and its lovely restaurants are minutes away.[i/]





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Symbols: No Smoking    Special Wheelchair Access    Off-street Parking    Children Welcome    TV in All Rooms    Good Hiking or Walking    Fishing    Wifi Available    Fully Child-friendly    Self-catering Option    Owners are Garden Enthusiasts    Boats or Charters    
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Rooms: 3 villas: all have 1 queen and 1 twin sharing a bathroom; two have Japanese hot tubs.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Fully self-catering. The Driving Creek Café is a short walk away.
Directions: Drive 2km north of Coromandel township, where the road forks take the left-hand Colville Road turning. Driving Creek Villas are 200m past here on your left over the one-lane bridge.


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