My husband and I stayed at the Carmel Cottage for 3 nights in November. It was an amazing "New Zealand" experience. The location was perfect for us because my husband surfed in Sandy Bay (just down the road) and I went Scuba Diving at the Poor Knights Islands (the boat left from the marina 5 minutes away from the property). The Tutukaka Coast was our favorite area on the North Island. We also did day trips to Whangarei (about 40 minutes away).
There are a few restaurants within 5 minutes (at the marina) but the view from the property was so impressive that we chose to make our own meals from there (kitchen is well equipped).
The management company was extremely responsive and made it super easy for check in and check out.
Mostly, we enjoyed the serenity of the Carmel Cottage. It is on a georgous paddock with very few neighbors anywhere. Having access to the beach by walking down the front lawn was great! If you are looking for a place to... Plus