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
Immaculately clean, with two bedrooms both with bathrooms a well appointed kitchen and lounge. Adrian is super welcoming!
Would highly recommend.
Adrian was such a welcoming host. Knowing that I am very interested in horses and in particular driving horses, he went out of his way to take us on two wonderful rides. First with two lovely gypsy cobs and the next day, through Kerikeri township with two of his beautiful Shires. It was amazing!
Both David and I found it fascinating seeing Adrian's vintage cars, the large array of harness for the horses, his beautiful furniture and clocks, and so on!!
The Carriage House is everything I hoped for and more...spacious, spotlessly clean, and welcoming. I would have loved to stay longer.
The Stone Store is fascinating, Kemp House beautiful, the gardens around them inspiring. We had lunch at the Plough and Feather-fantastic! There were lots of choices for dinner...all in all, a wonderful time (and that's without going further afield and exploring the beautiful Bay of Islands!
5 Star Google Reviews
We enjoyed a special stay for our Opal wedding anniversary and loved the horses and seeing the carriages working. Our dog enjoyed romping about the fully fenced paddock beside the property.
Adrian and Sylvia are very welcoming and hospitable. A+ accommodation.