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Reviewed 2 April 2018

stayed the ast night on QC track got a seaview room there were 3 of us women, lovely room except all open plan so although there were 3 beds we were all in one room, it has been decorated with love, and good facitlities, and the grounds were so immaculate, only hiccup we had was there was no meals there, it said in the info book that there were gourmet frozen meals, however upon enquiring there weren't any, there was pies frlom the small cafe/shop part but as it was our last night, we splashed out and we ended up cathcing water taxi to Raetihi Lodge for dinner

Stayed: March 2018
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Trevorhook, Owner at Te Mahia Bay Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely comments about your stay, we do take great pride in our accommodation facilities and grounds. Because all of our units are self catering we do only offer a few options here at the little coffee shop, plus our stone grilled pizas are now a great alternative to the frozen meals. A number of our guests do enjoy the experience of a water taxi trip to Raetihi for lunch or dinner and you get to see another part of our beautiful Kenepuru Sound.
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Jann

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Although along a rather windy tar sealed road, this added to the interest and expectation
of this very beautiful resort. We stayed in B suite up a few stairs overlooking the bay. In the evening we could stand on the balcony and look down on the stingrays swimming in the water beneath us. Three out of the five rooms had doors onto the balcony where one could sit and eat and drink taking in the wonderful views at sunset over the sounds. The rooms we were in were in the old part of the resort which had been refurbished with very comfortable beds, a sitting room with TV and a separate kitchen. There is a new wing with direct access to the carpark making it easier for those who are not so agile! There is also a small shop where you can purchase gifts and some food and wine and beer. You can get a water taxi to one of the other resorts which has a restaurant and the Pelorus Mail Boat calls in at the jetty if you wish to investigate the waterways. Jim Baillie, the owner of the mail boat is a great tour guide and even found us a pod of orca to marvel at. All in all a superb place to rest and enjoy the beautiful scenery with super hosts and staff - and a weka or two!

Room Tip: Wonderful views from the suites in the older part of the resort, but easier access to the new rooms.
  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled with friends
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Trevorhook, Owner at Te Mahia Bay Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

So wonderful that you had such a lovely stay with us and managed to see some amazing flora and fauna here in the magical Kenepuru Sound. Getting onto the water for a sight seeing trip is definitely a must do activity if you get the chance, but then so is sitting relaxing on the balcony with the waves lapping gently at your feet taking in the ambiance that only Te Mahia has to offer...
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Jann

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Reviewed 30 March 2018

We stayed for 2 nights here, and would have loved to spend longer. The drive was interesting, and I wouldn’t have liked to attempt it in icy conditions, but the spectacular views, peaceful resort, and superb accommodation make it a must-stay booking. We would definitely come back again. Jann and her team are fantastic hosts. Be sure to take the water taxi for a short trip to Raetihi Lodge for dinner.

Room Tip: The most expensive suites are well worth it for views & ‘home from home’ luxury
Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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Trevorhook, Owner at Te Mahia Bay Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2018

Those wonderful words "We would have loved to stay longer" we hear on numerous occasions and we are so pleased that you had such a lovely peaceful stay. We do look forward to hosting you again some time in the future and hopefully your itinerary will allow you just a few extra nights with us next time.
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Jann Hook

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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

Loved it here, very quiet, scenery fabulous. Make sure you go kayaking, but stay off to the side as boat wakes can move you about a bit.

The weka's (native bird) were frequent visitors with their offspring and were great guests, as they ventured into our accommodation more than once.

We did a bit of the Charlotte track, was quite tough in places getting to Mistletoe Bay, but worth the effort.

Our accommodation was well set up for self catering, and comfortable. WiFi was very unreliable, but it didn't really matter too much as the point of our trip was to wind down.

Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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Trevorhook, Owner at Te Mahia Bay Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2018

So pleased you had such a wonderful relaxing stay at Te Mahia and it is so lovely to see that our native fauna and flora has captured your hearts. We look forward to your return one day into the tranquil Kenepuru Sounds.
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Jann & Trevor Hook

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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

My wife and I spent one night here while hiking the Queen Charlotte Track with some friends.
We had room 'E' located with a view over the beach and bay.
Fantastic view that would have made the place on its own.

Friendly helpful hosts and staff, big comfy bed, big clean accomodation that had two bedrooms, lounge area and big kitchen. Clean good sized bathroom as well. Really well done accommodation that is a credit to the owners.

The view from lying on the bed was as good as it gets anywhere.

No restaurant on site but the shop/cafe on site provided supplies for self catering or they will make you tasty woodfired pizzas. We had the pizzas, very nice. Local beer and wine on sale, as well as other basic supermarket type goods. Good coffee and selection of cakes or hot pastry goods (pies, sausage rolls etc. if you don't know what a sausage roll is look it up in relation to Australia or New Zealand, they are the best snack)
The accomodation is a 15 minute downhill walk from the track and subsequent return to get back to it, but not a real challenge or problem given that the next stage of the track is the last and relatively short.
Got chatty with others on site, friendly place encourages such meetings of strangers.
I had a swim in the bay in front of our room. Everyone else thought I was crazy but the cold water was refreshing and helps the recovery of aching legs I think. Certainly cleared the mind anyway.

I would highly recommend this place and I could easily return for a longer stay next time.

Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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Trevorhook, Owner at Te Mahia Bay Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2018

Thank you for your lovely comments and we look forward to hosting you again if you are here in the Marlborough Sounds. Good on you for taking the plunge!
Regards Jann

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