The Greenwood Guide to New Zealand

The Mussel Bed B&B and Cottage

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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.

Chris and Paul Hopkins
892 Purangi Road, Cooks Beach, Whitianga, Coromandel

Tel: + 64 (0)7-866-5786
No cell number available
Fax: + 64 (0)7-866-5706

The newly-built Mussel Bed is just a short walk from the white sands of Cooks Beach and its 3km crescent of safe swimming. And there can be no better place to wash off the salt than at Chris and Paul’s B&B.....

.... The three guest rooms, in a separate wing of the main house, have been decorated in distinctive themes and blessed with many little extra touches, such as fresh brownies, jars of sweets, coloured scarves in the wardrobes and bonsai plants. The Victorian room with its fine floral china tea set was influenced by a stint in the UK, while the Pacifica is awash with regional paintings and wall hangings and a Koru symbol in the bathroom. The Beach Hut is ideal for four friends travelling together, with a queen downstairs and a loft room with twins. Each room has a large window-seat and a deck overlooking the rock garden; and this is where Chris will bring your breakfast (assuming you don’t want it in bed), complete with fresh coffee, home-baked bread and her sumptuous home-made, honey-drizzled muesli. Paul is equally ‘hands-on’. A tiler by trade, he’s responsible for the glories of the bathrooms, while much of the furniture was made by a neighbour using recycled kauri from an old homestead. Coromandel adventuring starts here. Diving, fishing and shellfish all five minutes’ walk away. Or take the kayaks down the stream to the beach. Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach 10 mins by car.





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Symbols: No Smoking    Off-street Parking    Children Welcome    Swimming in Pool/Sea/River    TV in All Rooms    Good Hiking or Walking    Fishing    Wifi Available    Fully Child-friendly    Self-catering Option    Owners are Garden Enthusiasts    Boats or Charters    Canoeing    Bird-watching Enthusiasts    
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Rooms: 3 rooms in B&B guest wing: 2 queens with en/s showers, and 1 queen & 2 singles sharing shower; self-contained cottage: 1 queen and 2 singles sharing shower.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Continental breakfast included. Breakfast provisions are provided in the Cottage for the first night only. Meals can be provided with prior arrangement.
Directions: 20 mins north of Tairua on SH25 turn right into Hot Water Beach Rd. Follow for 2km then bear left into Purangi Rd signposted Cooks Beach/Ferry Landing. Follow for 9km and The Mussel Bed is 200m on the right past the Cooks Beach Hall & tennis courts.


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