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The beach at the end of Takou River

The climb round to the pink beach

Anna, Ian, Harry & Lucy

The girls work station for the 5 days...

Makes a change from a 3 man tent...


Waitangi & the signing of the treaty

Takou Farm & River Cottage

Ian & Anna`s River Lodge

Kayaking the Takou River

The Rainbow Warrior Memorial

Our work for the morning...

Magic Cottage

Family friends of my parent`s have a daugther who has moved out to New Zealand with her husband Ian & children Harry (2) and Lucy (1). They live a short distance from Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands (North Island).

We were kindly put up for 4 nights in the Takou River Cottage. The cottage has been recently converted & designed to provide spacious self-catering accommodation for families or couples. The cottage is set in 5 acres of sub-tropical gardens, & surrounded by 150 acres of organic pasture & bush.

We had expected to camp in one of the fields on the farm & couldn`t believe it when we were shown into the cottage. The cottage contains two double bedrooms at ground level with floor length windows opening directly onto a small private landscaped garden. The master bedroom has a King size bed & the second bedroom has a Queen size bed, both with spacious en suite bathrooms.

Upstairs the cottage contains an open plan living, dining and kitchen area, leading onto upper decks with views over the river. After camping for over a month with only a gas stove & 2 pans to cook a meal for 3 people with it was spot on (I tasked the girls off imediately to cook a curry whilst I watched from the comfort of a sofa - not the drivers seat of our hire car as usual....).

We helped the gardner one morning to clear a section of the wooded area of weeds & dead fern, but apart from this the rest of the time was ours & we spent it kayaking, walking the beaches, also visiting Matauri Bay (The Rainbow Warrior memorial) and Waitangi (the site where the treaty was signed in 1840 by the British Crown and Maori chiefs to form New Zealand).

If you have time check out this web site ( it will give you a better idea of what a great place it was.



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