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  • One night not enough. Every window offered another great vista. Waking up to a spa. NZ breakfast was awesome. Thank you from both of us.

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    Dear Lyn and Alan, thanks for letting us stay at such an awesome place. Thoroughly relaxing time here with trips to the beach and spa.

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  • Another lovely stay. We leave feeling recharged and rested. Thank you so much. Arohanui. We will be back this year.

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    Have been in Auckland for 13 years. We didn’t realise we are so close to Paradise: song of the wood pigeons; breeze from dense bushes; fish scales like black shiny sand; foggy heartshaking sea; starry sky watching from the spa; cosy bed and homemade breakfast.   We are feeling that we are part of the nature and part of the history. Peter promised giving me a special 20th anniversary. Lyn and Alan, your beautiful flowers and lovely card and stories, this experience made an indelible impression on me. Thank you for sharing your world with us. We hope one day we will come back with Gloria sharing the story of Arahoe.

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  • I have read all the comments written before this. There is nothing more that I can say-the words say it all. It has been both a pleasure and a privilege to have spent a few days in such a place- hosted by two wonderful people. Thank you very much- we will meet again. Barbara. The bush walk is great well worth the walk back up. Native bird life around, fantastic. Max.

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    Our week long vacation in New Zealand included 2 days with Alan and Lyn at their marvelous property here in the waitakere Ranges. We can’t say enough about the hospitality and genuine warmth of our new friends. The advice and recommendations which they have provided here have us looking forward to the second half of our journey quite eagerly. The vacation Cottage is truly a work of passion that has been carefully constructed to 8 any weary Traveler: comfortable bedding; a well equipped kitchen and a marvelous aspect from the living room made us feel well rested and relaxed. We hope to see both of you in the future and anticipate returning here for future vacation experiences to NZ.

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  • After 2 weeks of travel with our twins, including Costa Rica and Peru, we were really, really looking forward to our first visit to New Zealand and Lyn and Alan’s bush sand and sea. our hopes were so nicely exceeded. We arrived with a wife/mom under the weather and everyone else exhausted and stressed from a nearly 30 hour travel day. Now preparing to leave on our 3rd day, we are restored, rested, thinking a couple more days here would’ve been dandy AND already cherishing our new and fond memories. Such thoughtful warm hospitality, Lyn’s knowledge of local flora and fauna and her sharing of it are priceless, as is Alan green/ sustainability perspective. The walk on Sheila’s track is not to be missed, beautiful and testament to their incredible and inspiring commitment to their land, friends,/Guests and hard work ethic. Many thanks and love from us all.

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    Thank you Lyn and Alan for such a wonderful stay in your slice of paradise. You truly have a beautiful home and we were so glad to finish our trip in NZ here. We had a great time relaxing and also canyoning down the Kitekite Falls but the highlight was the lovely nature walk this morning. Please look us up if you are ever in Ireland. Thanks (Lyn- explanation- This private track is our passion!  So we love walking down sharing the story with Guests of its construction and identifying the varied native bush).

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  • After Peggys’ long flight and my many nights of little sleep (a backpackers life) I was beyond thankful for our time here. I loved the relaxation and especially enjoyed the time we spent with Lyn talking about New Zealand, birds, the trees, the beautiful path (track) and listening to her great stories. If you get the chance, make sure you take the walk while you’re visiting. Thank you so much Lyn and Alan for your warm welcome and the comfort you provided us during our stay. I am in love with this place and would love to return someday. Chelsey. (Ed’s note.  These Guests flew into NZ at 5.30am, and, as pre-arranged, came straight here.  After breakfast with us, one slept in a spare room, the other read, while Lyn farewelled the incumbent Guests and prepared for the newcomers.  We can do this because we are small, we like to help, and treat Folk the way we would like to be treated on our own travels).

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    We’ve decided to get an early start on our journey. I guess we are still on US time. We can’t thank you enough for the hospitality and making us feel so welcome upon our arrival to your beautiful country, cheers.

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