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Testimonials

  • My wife and I recently returned from our third stay at Bush, Sand and Sea. We really love the place – it’s such a tranquil spot to relax and unwind and we’re always made to feel very welcome. The accommodation is modern and immaculately presented and the surroundings are breath taking. The amount of passion that Lyn and Alan have for maintaining the native bush and it’s bird life is inspirational and it was fantastic to see the progress that they have made with the walking track on the property (which takes you through native bush down to a stream which is lined with glow worms at night). We can also recommend the many walks in the nearby area – we especially love the coastal walk from Bethells beach to Muriwai (part of the Hilary trail) – the views are spectacular. All in all, this place is a real gem!

    Chris and Emma, North Shore, Auckland 2.9-4.9.2013 -

    Lyn and Alan, you have created a little piece of paradise- you and nature make a great team. Thank you for the welcome, provisions, transport, advice and for the evenings filled with good food, wine, humour, informative conversation and laughter. Your hospitality and kindness have made our Hillary Trail experience so very special. Thank you, both!

    Mike and Caroline, Monmouth, South Wales. 23-25/10/2013 -

  • …. as we arrived, ‘very wet’ from Hillary Trail. Recovered quickly as we enjoyed Lyn’s “Mum’s Xmas cake”. A short walk on the banks of Lake Wainamu, followed by an excellent dinner and loads of good advice for the final day’s walking and transport to all locations. This insider advice made our walk so much easier. Thanks you to you both. (Lyn- this intrepid couple came from the UK to walk the Hillary Trail. They had 1 day fine, 2 wet and the last was fine again. They were unable to complete some sections due to flooded streams, so to partly recover this loss, I took them down to Lake Wainamu.)  Update, Dec 2014, they returned for 4 days thus year to complete the missed sections!

    Alison and Peter, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom 5-7 December 2013 -

    We knew we would need a couple of days to acclimate and rest after our marathon flight from the U.S. We don’t know how we were so lucky, however, to have found this perfect location to do just that. It was GREAT- thank you!

    Judy and Jack, Boise, Idaho, USA. 8-10.2.2014 -

  • Hope we will be able to return and stay longer,

    From the Airport, Marta added…”Lyn, Thanks so much for the lovely visit we had with Alan and you. Our stay with you was the highlight of our trip. We are at the airport and heading home. Cheers, Marta” (This was special, they had spent 7 weeks in NZ, and just one final night with us, so praise indeed! Lyn)

    Marta and Kicab, North Carolina, USA. 22-23.4.2014 -

    Fantastic place – a home away from home.

    The hosts were lovely – the right balance of assistance coupled with allowing a romantic, peaceful and exclusive break which is exactly what we were after. We loved the extra touches; breakfast goodies, fresh juice and bread along with the homely comforts of dressing gowns and encouraged use of slippers. The private track was beautiful. We definitely plan on coming back!

    It was absolutely perfect for us and your hospitality was spot on – we were really looking for solitude and peace and you allowed that for us, so a very sincere thank you.

    The extra touches were so lovely too and most unexpected. It made such a difference – supplying the breakfast goodies was wonderful and we really appreciated it. In fact, we spoke about it a lot over the weekend. It really felt like a home away from home. Your juice was amazing – I haven’t stopped talking about it to Steve and am inspired to get a juicer just to replicate your recipe

     

    Kelly and Steve, Auckland. 13-16.6.2014 -

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    We had a wonderful time. Although it was a wet and stormy weekend we loved watching the lightening out the beautiful big window in the lounge. Even the spa in the rain was extremely relaxing. The small touches like the towels, linen and cleaning included along with the homemade fruit cake and freshly squeezed orange juice made the whole thing that little but more memorable. We will definitely be back and highly recommend this wonderful place. Thank you so much :-)

    Bex and Milo, Auckland 20-22/9/2014 -

    What a great spot in the treetops! Thanks you for your hospitality. We really enjoyed all the little touches, such as the hot homemade bread and juice, a yummy breakast it was!! Thank you.

    Ben and Jeanette, Whangarei (Sep 14) -

  • A fabulous stay – wish it was longer. Great hospitality and loved the walk to Bethells Beach. Thank you! PS. Comfy bed!

    Andy and Fran, United Kingdom (Sep 14) -