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Magic Cottages at Takou River

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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.

Anna and Ian Sizer
660 Takou Bay Road, Kerikeri, Northland, Northland

Tel: + 64 (0)9-407-8065
Cell: + 64 (0)27-545-7633
No fax number available

When I visited, Takou was shrouded in mist, but the story-book scenery of the valley still revealed itself in tantalising glimpses, particularly along the river; silver fog sheeting over rolling hills, native birds swooping between branches of contorted river trees, a broad river sweeping along the property’s border and out to the pristine sands of Takou Bay Beach. Here nature is at its most seductive, even at night when you can hear the rare call of kiwis from your bedroom.....

.... There are kayaks and fishing-rods, so no excuses; paddle the river to the coast, stopping off at one of the swimming holes to catch kowhai, mullet or snapper for dinner (you’re in self-catered cottages after all). The environmentally-aware Sizers (the farm is certified organic) have planted 10,000 native trees and the subtropical gardens around the very private cottages provide seclusion as well as natural comfort with their salvaged native timber floors and, on the decks of River and Summer Cottages, alfresco claw-foot baths. The lodge is ideal for a group of four, especially during winter with its schist wood-burner and spa bath, while solar-powered Magic Cottage, idyllically placed beside the pohutukawa-lined river, with its romantic alfresco clawfoot bath on the deck will thrill honeymooners. There’s a pretty extensive wine trail up here in Northland and the famous Kauri Cliffs golf course is 25 minutes away, so day trips away from Takou are not much trouble; but then they’re not that necessary either. This place will remind you what life is all about.





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Symbols: No Smoking    Off-street Parking    Children Welcome    Working Farm    Swimming in Pool/Sea/River    Good Hiking or Walking    Fishing    Wifi Available    Self-catering Option    Owners are Garden Enthusiasts    Boats or Charters    Canoeing    Bird-watching Enthusiasts    
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Rooms: Magic Cottage 1 superking, en/s & alfresco bath; The Lodge 1 superking en/s spa bath; 1 king/twin bath & sh'r; River Cottage 1 king/tw en/s bath & 1 queen en/s sh'r & alfresco bath; Summer Cottage 1 king/tw en/s bath & 1 qu'n en/s bath & alfr' bath.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Fully self-catered, so bring own provisions.
Directions: Don't drive into Kerikeri, carry straight on up SH10 from Waipapa. Drive about 8km north then take a right on Takou Bay Road. Drive on, turn left as the road forks and Takou River is at the very end. Full directions provided when booking.


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