Read reviews left by recent guests to The Carriage House – Bay of Islands including our 5 star TripAdvisor reviews
“We ended our busy New Zealand vacation with a week at this beautiful horse farm. It was so peaceful and relaxing, we stayed an extra 2 days, and really hated to leave.
The Carriage House is a spacious, comfortable and nicely furnished accommodation. The open windows let in nice breezes all day long, and we enjoyed listening to the song birds. The kitchen has everything you need, and the large refrigerator was really nice to have. We also enjoyed having our own washer and dryer. We really enjoyed the hospitality of our hosts, they were most helpul in suggesting things to see and do, and places to eat…all great suggestions. Be sure to ask to see the restored vintage carriages and cars, Adrian has great stories to tell about them all! We loved spending time with their Shire and Gypsy Vanner horses, and they will love you if you take them a few carrots in the evenings! They even invited us for a carriage ride into Kerikeri, great fun! It was such a priviledge to be around these amazing animals and people who are still training them to do something that is becoming so rare these days.
Kerikeri is a nice little town with good grocery stores and restaurants. Lots to see close by and convenient for other sightseeing trips. We highly recommend this place”.
Shadow Cruisers – Rio Rancho, New Mexico
“We stayed for two weeks in The Carriage House and it couldn’t have been nicer – good breezes through the windows, sheep on the adjoining property, large carriage horses (Shire- and they are friendly liking carrots and apples) and rabbits everywhere. Layout and facilities were excellent in the apartment – we prepared at least half of our meals, some of which we took in the shelter of the large evergreen on the deck. Lots of birds. Although we explored paths in the neighbourhood (to a small bridge over a small river rapids), town centre was just minutes away.
Town, although small, had everything that one could want – grocery stores, medical facilities, restaurants, theaters (live and film), pharmacies, bars, clothes/jewelers, specialised products – honey, Kauri products,wineries, etc. Sites were numerous, from local – stone store and mission house, Kauri forest (so peaceful and dignified), Opito Bay and lookout to half-day visits to Paihia, Russell, sailing on the brigantine Tucker Thompson, boating out to the Hole in the Rock, to the old whaling port of Manganui and to the treaty grounds and museum at Waiting. Full day trips to see the oldest Kauri and to the Kauri Museum and to the museum at Waipu showing history of Scottish settlement. As in all of New Zealand, there are hiking trails everywhere, requiring different levels of stamina and different environs.
Adrian and Sylvia could not have been nicer – interesting stories of their lives, family and sailing adventures. And very accommodating. I would highly recommend The Carriage House to travellers to the Northland of New Zealand.”
David Zoeilner – Suva, Fiji
“Relaxed Farm Stay - Great Hosts” Very special place and very special hosts.Nice surprises - Shire horses, rabbits, birds, trees, water jetty, carriages and drays and beautiful vintage autos.Wonderful stay for our family. Adrian and Sylvia were great hosts and provided really helpful advice on local activities. The property was peaceful with nice relaxed opportunities for... read moreLouiseTal... 25 Jan 2019
“Great location” We had a great stay at the Carriage House. Adrian was very helpful with local information. It’s an excellent location for exploring the north. We did the Cape Reinga coach trip from Kerikeri and got the ferry across to the beautiful Russell from Pahia.Steph_Par... 10 Dec 2018
“Must do in the Bay of Islands ” The Carriage house in kerikeri was am amazing experience. It's an easy drive to so many things that although we stayed for 3 nights we just couldn't do everything. We ate in Kerikeri, played in Pahia, drive to Russell and still had plenty left to see. Staying above Adrian's wonderful... read moreDebS968 15 Nov 2018
“Beautiful holiday location, well worth travelling half way round the world” The four of us spent four nights at The Carriage House in early February 2018. It was the perfect place to stay – spacious, clean and well equipped. The owners, Adrian and Sylvia could not have been more helpful and their knowledge of the local area was extremely useful. We... read moreBrianRosi... 26 Feb 2018
“A great place to stay with lots to do in the surrounding area.” Kerikeri is a lovely area and the accommodation provided at the Carriage House is of a very high standard. We enjoyed our stay and would certainly visit again.donburrow... 08 Dec 2017
“AWESOME!!! Definitely a must location to stay at!!” A delightfully large self-contained two superking bedroom apartment overlooking the river and horse pastures, 5 minutes drive from the centre of Kerikeri. Adrian and Sylvia are superb hosts - it's like going to stay with family not strangers. If you are interested in history at all, then you will love... read moreKaren M 27 Nov 2017
5 Star Google Reviews
Wonderful stay for our family. Adrian and Sylvia were great hosts and provided really helpful advice on local activities. The property was peaceful and relaxing with nice opportunities for interacting with the horses. Would love to go back.Louise Kearney 25 Jan 2019
Adrian and Sylvia were wonderful hosts and The Carriage House was a perfect selection for all the sites that the Bay of Islands has to offer. I fully recommend The Carriage House to all travelling to the Northland of New Zealand. You won't regret it.David Zoellner 24 Feb 2018
AWESOME!! Definitely a must stay! A delightfully large self-contained two superking bedroom apartment overlooking the river and horse pastures, 5 minutes drive from the centre of Kerikeri. Adrian and Sylvia are superb hosts - it's like going to stay with family not strangers. If you are interested in history at... read moreKaz McIntyre 28 Nov 2017
We stayed here for a week during our tour of New Zealand, and had a wonderful time.The cottage has all the amenities we could want- is very spacious, comfortable and well equipped. Everything worked, which is not always a given in rental properties. It is near the town... read moreAnnabel Loring 14 Oct 2017
We stayed over the Easter weekend and had an amazing time. Great place for kids. My kids enjoyed exploring the farm and Adrian was an amazing host. Ask to see his unique carriage collection. You will not be disappointed. Thanks Adrian and Sylvia!Vanitha S 16 Apr 2017