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Bay of Islands has been ranked the Top Holiday Destination by "Lonely Planet" for South Asia, Pacific Region for 2019... Property location: Our Subtropical Paradise, is centrally located right on Main Tourist Route, "Twin Coast Discovery" Only Five minutes to the Beaches, Rivers, Waterfalls, town Centre. At the same time very private, with respectful neighborhood. Paihia is known as the Hub of Bay of Islands, Winterless North, with 144 Islands in the Bay. History: this is the Birthplace of NZL, Waitangi Treaty Grounds, with National History Museum. Russel, the First Capital of NZL, just across the Bay. Waitangi River and Pictures Haruru Falls. Healthy lifestyle, based on home grown products and many native plants. Amazing Bird Life, Kiwis, Tuis, Moreporks... Glow worms and much more. Kayaks, Mountain Bike for you to enjoy... Your accommodation is a private, modern Cabin, with Kitchen, Bathroom next to it. WI Fi, TV. Mountain Bike, Kayaks for you to enjoy.

You will be welcomed by us like a family, with respect and care... Sorry, no smokers please. We are easy going and friendly, often have the Grandchildren here. We want you to feel just like in your own home, free to enjoy your time, in respectful manners. We will try to be considerate and helpful, understanding that you are away from your home, family... Our priority is to get you involved into preservation of our precious environment and healthy lifestyle. Growing own products, including herbs, veggies... Also, use of Native Plants. Creating new tracks into the native Bush, share the Amazing Nature with others.


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I really enjoyed my time with Stefan and Jillian. The two are extremely lovely people and you feel like at home. They showed and did many things with me.
Working with Stefan was extremely fun and not too exhausting. I also had enough time for myself to do things and explore the area.
I can heartily recommend Stefan and Jillian and would go back anytime.
Thank you for a wonderful time.


2 months ago



Stefan and Jilliane treated me like their own family and made me feel like I was at home since the first day. The work is never too hard or long and you can also talk about what you would like to do and what not. The home and your sleeping cabin is simple and very cute and you really reconnect with nature while living with them. I loved everything about it. Stefan and Jilliane are just really kind, respectful and helpful people and they also take you to many places and show you things. I was sad when I had to leave and would go again any time!

3 months ago

Stefan replied

Alessia was a Very Special Guest. Very polite, tidy and helpful. Within few days Alesia became like family member, adapting in no time to our simple ways of living. Also very creative and hard working. Nature, Gardens became Alessias hiding place. She spent a lot of time to create unique garden "Master Pieces" Whenever I go through the Gardens, I see Alessias gentle touch. The Garden and us saying Thanks to Alessia. Hope to see you back soon...



It was an amazing experience!
Since I arrived i felt very comfortable and welcome. Stefan helps and showed me a lot.He is a very warm hearted man.
I enjoyed the time there very much and would like to come back there again everytime.

over 2 years ago



The stay was excellent, you feel like at home. I learned more English and I thank Steffan for being very patient with my communication. Since my English is not fluent. You learn from plants and nature, they make you want to stay longer.
Thank you Steffan for the warmth and friendliness.
You have a lot of fun too!

Regards :)

over 2 years ago

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