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Stargazers Bed & Breakfast
Reviewed 13 August 2014

We stayed at this B&B for two night whilst touring New Zealand. What a find! You can either stay in the main house or in an old miners cottage in the grounds (which we did). It was clean, well furnished and used the natural materials found in the grounds, including rain water to wash in. The doors and wood used inside the cottage were all from the trees around the grounds! It is a little difficult to find but well worth the effort. The hosts, Alastair and Harriette are the most charming of hosts that I have ever come across. Friendly, informative and incredibly helpful. We enjoyed Alastair's guided tour of the night sky, first he explained the key stars and planets with the naked eye and the we were treated to a view of these using his own telescope. Not only did he entertain us with his knowledge of the stars but he also explained and showed us some interesting geological artifacts. This place is excellently located, just right for visiting the local area which the hosts will tell you all about and make recommendations to help you decide where to visit. They even lent us maps and a spade for using down at the Hot Water Beach, go on try it! I can not recommend this place enough, we shall certainly be visiting again! Thank you to such excellent hosts!

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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

The accommodation was unbelievably good and the star gazing evening was brilliant. Being amateur astronomy geeks from the UK we wanted to see the southern night skies; Alastair showed us what we hoped for and more. The cottage was peaceful, secluded, clean and luxurious and Harriet and Alastair made us feel really welcome. Our only regret was that we couldn't stay longer and we definitely hope to go back again. Watching the sun rise whilst sat on the verandah the morning after the star gazing was amazing.
Advice as to local eateries was spot on.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

When Paul Carberry of New Zealand in Depth suggested that he knew of a great B&B that had its own observatory how did we fancy a bit of stargazing we said why not. We were met by Alistair given a tour of our huge ensuite bedroom, private lounge, private deck surrounded by bush/macadamia trees etc. and our own kitchenette, I knew Paul had looked after us again. Alistair arrived with Tea & cake suggested Luke’s Kitchen a local eatery for dinner (see separate report) and that he would see us at 8.00pm for our Stargazers Tour (see second separate report) Great night’s sleep very comfy bed, good shower and breakfast the following morning was all laid out in our private lounge as the deck was damp from overnight rain. We could pick our time so a great lie-in and what a continental, selection of homemade muesli & cereals, fruit juice, homemade fresh fruit salad, oven baked croissants, bread and a toaster to have really hot toast when we were ready, homemade jams, marmalade, homemade macadamia butter and homemade macadamia honey I’ll be the size of a continent if I keep on eating all that is on offer!
Second morning the offer of omelette or scrambled egg as well from our hostess Harriette, what a pair these hosts are, so helpful and enlightening whilst trying not to get in your way. Brilliant stay wish it could have been longer, then there was the star gazing!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Alastair B, Owner at Stargazers Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2014

Many thanks for your kind review Dennis...we did enjoy meeting both you and Sue when you were here. Also great to hear about your amazing career! I hope spring has sprung back in Scotland for you and you get some clear nights to do some stargazing.

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Reviewed 18 February 2014

My husband surprised me for our wedding anniversary in the weekend and we stayed in the Miners Cottage, it was amazing! So charming and relaxing, Harriet and Alistair really have made a beautiful B&B. It was perfect! They are both such great hosts and we cant wait to go back! The miners cottage would be perfect for families as well as couples with its 3 rooms and is so homely and done up so well.

Alistair took us star watching and it was amazing, his passion and knowledge is something spectacular and he really explains everything making sure you understand.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Alastair B, Owner at Stargazers Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2014

Hi T & E,

Many thanks for taking the time to do reviews for us...glad you enjoyed the Miners Cottage and astronomy tour. The Cottage is a great little oasis and you certainly had a good night for stargazing...hope to see you here again some day.

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Reviewed 29 January 2014

We stayed with Harriet and Alistair for 3 lovely calm nights, the breakfast are wholesome and they are wonderful hosts. Alistair's astronomy was a highlight. The accommodation is perfect, the area beautiful. All in all quite holistic, would thoroughly recommend

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: 392 State Hwy 25 | R.D.2 Kuaotunu, Whitianga 3592, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Whitianga
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Ranked #11 of 25 Speciality Lodging in Whitianga
Number of rooms: 3

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