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Guest Comments

Here are some guest comments from 2017 and earlier.

“We spent the last days of our NZ holiday in Te Huia. It was the perfect place to unwind. The cottage is very nice and the view is stunning. The service is also very good. The owners gave us great tips for sights and activities, brought toys for the kids, etc. Very relaxed!”

Thijs family, Netherlands. – April 2017


“Cliff House – I want to keep this as a secret for ourselves. What a fantastic place. A beautiful, modern holiday home on the edge of a cliff with views to die for. You feel as if you have been transported back to the jurassic period with rolling bright green hills ending in dramatic cliffs and inlets overlooking the sea. It was fantastic. We got there – armed with suppliers and were tempted to never leave. The accomodation has everything from fantastic views from every room, isolation, comfort, fantastic sound system, fully equipped kitchen. We could have just moved in and stayed there if we could! We will definitely be back!”

Bella, UK. – March 2017


Amazing House! Even in the rain we had a great time Thanks for the recommendation to go to the Poor Knights! And Caitlyn the Chef  was fantastic!

Glasshouse visitors – Feb 2017


“can one overdose on beauty, exquisite taste in all things, sunshine, sea, trees, delicious meals and vistas?? We have you all to thank for this dilemma!!!

Glasshouse visitors – Jan 2017


Comments from 2016 and earlier.

“Thank you for a wonderful stay! The house is wonderful with so many special features. The surrounds are breath-taking – we have had the most relaxing of times.

Auckland family at the Cliff House -Dec 2016


“Hi Susanne. We stayed in your lovely Te Huia up the hill last March and it was the high point of our visit to your beautiful country, if not our whole trip, as we continued on to south island then Sydney and Singapore. South island is stunning and mountainous but if we had to choose anywhere on the planet it would be where you are. We have so many nice memories. It was lovely meeting you and we hope to return. Kind regards”

John & Helen, UK.


“Superb location, Beautifully designed, Professionally maintained”


“Excellent! Next time we need longer”

Marie Cassidy – Australia


I cannot recommend Ara Roa highly enough within this price range, unlike many NZ properties this one delivers. ”

James Purves – UK/Singapore


“Some of the finest views I’ve seen. Tremendous place”

Capt Edmund Wilkinson – MY Tatoosh


” A haven of peace and tranquility ”


“…..a truly idyllic spot in the universe”


“…..relaxing, refreshing, rejuvenating”


“…..what a great place! This will be the best that “Friars” has to offer…we (and others) will definately be back…actually, can we buy it?”


“Wonderful spot, very well equipped – the perfect end to our holiday”


“I’m reluctantly back in the UK now, but wanted to send a quick message to say thanks again for the days in Ara Roa: definitely the best place of its kind I have ever stayed. A truly beautiful area and a perfect house. The Bay of Islands was good, but I would (hopefully, will) come back to your place given first choice. We were both really happy there. All the best”

Nick Drake