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Loved it

Dec 02, 2018 by Franz & Ida

You are a perfect host. Wonderful stay and best mandarins ever. Thank you


Beyond expectation

Jan 03, 2018 by Serena & Al

My boyfriend and I are local. We stayed in a bedroom with access to a large living area (i.e. the main house). The individual cottages outside will be ideal for a large family, however, we highly recommend you to stay in the main house because it is EXTREMELY fun. You will definitely have an unforgettable experience.

- Claes(owner): very considerate, friendly and tidy. He has been running the business for years and knows lots of things about Bay of Islands. He makes really good recommendations to attractions. He provides free organic fruit (from his own orchard) to visitors. He even offered to pick up some people who arrived late at 1am (not many owners would do this - and guys, please, try to arrange your own transport. It is not very good to ask someone who is in his 70s to pick you up at 1am).

- Nika(dog): very well-behaved. My boyfriend knows how to train dogs and he said Nika is well-trained. When we left both doors open every morning, she wouldn't walk straight in. She always waited outside for at least a few minutes and only came in when we "invited" her to do so. She is smart and polite. She never bark at people or jump on people. She gets along with us very well. She wanted us to pet her and play fetch all the time. That's the only time she barks (because of joy and excitement). Please do not throw sticks for Nika to fetch. It is dangerous for her as it might cause cuts to her mouth and tongue. We used the tangelos laying on the ground as Nika seems to enjoy the juice. No sticks please.

- Other animals: free-range chickens provide fresh eggs daily. Kune kune pigs are always keen to eat.

- Twin room: very cosy. Even has a mirrored dressing table and huge wardrobe/storage area with shelves.

- Facilities in the main house: well equipped. The kitchen even has more facilities than our house.

- Facilities outside the main house: very impressed by the orchard. Even have a swimming pool and beach chairs. Claes also has bikes that people can use for free.


It is definitely beyond our expectation. It is the best lodge we have been to so far.

Thank you for everything, Claes.


Another great weekend at Relax-a-Lodge

Sep 12, 2016 by Roger & Jenny Harris

Another great weekend stay(4th time) at Relax A Lodge in the orchard, with great hosts. Thanks Claes & Inga for your assistance once again for our weekend. See you again soon.


Dolittle cottage

Jan 24, 2016 by Jenny and Roger Harris

We have stayed at Relax a Lodge twice.
We love staying here. Accomodation is excellent and cleaned to a high standard. Claus and works are so friendly. Sooo relaxing. Love the chickens, pigs and very friendly dogs. Our grandchildren love coming here. Would recommend staying here to all our family and friends.
Will defiantly be staying there many more times to come.


Dolittle Cottage

Jun 07, 2015 by Cara

Our stay was wonderful. The cottage was clean, private and beautiful. The location is perfect as it is just outside Kerikeri but close enough to jet into town for a meal. Would thoroughly recommend for a wonderful time away!


Thanks!!!

Apr 08, 2015 by Ana Carpallo

Hi,
Gracias por la amabilidad de la persona que me atendió.
Todo muy muy limpio y muy ordenado. El lugar es precioso.
Gracias también por hablar español conmigo.
Totalmente recomendable!!!


Mrs

Jan 14, 2015 by Helen Barrett

Claes and Inga were very helpful, they provided any thing we needed. The cottage was self contained and I will recommend it to friends. We had a great holiday from 21st dec 2014 to 29th Dec 2014 The name certainly suits the property.it is like being in another world. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!


“ little paradise“

Dec 16, 2014 by Dajana

a lovely cosy place to stay and enjoy beautiful keri and the area... but even a day in the orange garden is already perfect.... lets call it “ a home away from home“


Best place to relax

Aug 14, 2014 by Jean Ravau

Back when I was there it was "Kerikeri farm hostel", the name has changed to "Relax a Lodge" but nothing of the atmosphere has change. Claes is a great man, funny and full of knowledges. The place he built is beautiful, peaceful and well organized. With my girlfriend we meet most of our friends there, we had great sharing and meal all together. As a backpacker you canno't imagine best place to meet nice people and relax. Later we went back to them and stay in one of the wonderful cottage. A big thank you for all the people who manage and make this place alive !


Relax a Lodge , USA 4.8 5.0 9 9 You are a perfect host. Wonderful stay and best mandarins ever. Thank you