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
“Wonderful holidays...” The carriage house is a great place to stay, excellent location to discover the Bay of Islands and travel north. Adrian is an amazing host. The house, the horses and an amazing collection of cars and carriages, everything was perfect.Dream0597... 17 Jan 2021
Wonderful holidays... The carriage house is a great place to stay, excellent location to discover the Bay of Islands and travel north. Adrian is an amazing host. The house, the horses and an amazing collection of cars and carriages, everything was perfect.Dream05975349608 17 Jan 2021
Wonderful holidays... The carriage house is a great place to stay, excellent location to discover the Bay of Islands and travel north. Adrian is an amazing host. The house, the horses and an amazing collection of cars and carriages, everything was perfect.Sarai64x 17 Jan 2021
“Superb spacious getaway ” Located about 2km to from the center of KeriKeri, The Carriage House was a real find. Set in rural paddocks with horses, very peaceful.
Immaculately clean, with two bedrooms both with bathrooms a well appointed kitchen and lounge. Adrian is super welcoming!
Would highly recommend.
“Such a memorable stay!” I am thrilled to write a review for the Carriage House. My husband and I stayed for two nights for our anniversary and absolutely loved it.
Adrian was such a welcoming host. Knowing that I am very interested in horses and in particular driving horses, he went out of his... read more
“high standard” i have travelled with my friends many where in Newziland and have stay in many hotel but we haven't ever seen the standard like THE CARRIAGE HOUSE - BAY OF ISLANDSIAliya342 01 Nov 2020
5 Star Google Reviews
A fantastic stay! Two days of fascinating stories of horses, vintage cars, antique furniture, rides in wagons pulled by lovely Shires and also Gypsy cobs, looking at a vast array of old harness (some from World war One), dining at the Plough and Feather, visiting the Stone Store and Kemp... read morePenelope Foote 08 Dec 2020
A fantastic stay! Two days of fascinating stories of horses, vintage cars, antique furniture, rides in wagons pulled by lovely Shires and also Gypsy cobs, looking at a vast array of old harness (some from World war One), dining at the Plough and Feather, visiting the Stone Store and Kemp... read morePenelope & David Foote 08 Dec 2020
The Carriage Hose is special place just far enough out of Kerikeri to be in the countryside but close enough to town for easy access to restaurants or home delivery of takeout food. The apartment is peaceful, tastefully decorated, warm, spacious and spotlessly clean.
We enjoyed a special stay for... read more
Fantastic place to stay. The Carriage house is set in beautiful and tranquil surroundings and is very well appointed. Everything is clean, neat and very well maintained, containing everything you could want on your stay. Our delightful hosts were very attentive to our needs and have a... read moreKathryn Hunter 10 Apr 2019
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