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Magic Cottages at Takou River

Magic Cottages at Takou River
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660 Takou Bay Road,,
Tel: 09 407 8065

Voted one of the Top Ten Luxury Loges in New Zealand, and set a short distance from Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands, Magic Cottages at Takou River are secluded, beautiful riverside retreats set on the banks of the picturesque Takou River. Within earshot of the sea at Takou Bay and surrounded by 150 acres of certified organic pasture, native bush and 5 acres of organic sub-tropical gardens, the 4 self catering cottages and larger Lodge provide boutique self-catering accommodation that is eco-friendly yet still indulgent.

Choose from Magic Cottage, a cosy solar powered studio perched on the river bank - the perfect romantic retreat for couples seeking an idyllic escape or honeymoon location, complete with luxurious alfresco claw foot bath overlooking the river; or Summer and River Cottages, 2-bedroom cottages built with environmental sensitivity and set in the beautiful gardens a minutes walk from the riverbank. Each cottages has its own cosy wood fire and private romantic alfresco claw foot bath either perched on the private north facing sun deck attached to the cottage (River Cottage) or hidden in the gardens at the beautiful Summer House (Summer Cottage). The Shearers' Cottage, perfect for families looking for space and privacy to relax and explore, the sunny north facing cottage also features its own cosy wood fire, and relaxing alfresco bath, set on a private deck attached to the cottage. Finally The Lodge, our most luxurious accommodation with it wonderful north facing views to the river, log fire, spa bath, beautifully appointed kitchen, spacious super-king and king bedrooms and soaring cathedral ceilings.



Environment Friendly Action

We conserve heat We conserve water We reduce/limit oil/gas carbon emissions We employ alternative energy resources: wind/solar/water We recycle where possible We compost food waste We use sustainable toilet/grey water waste disposal We use bio-degradable cleaning agents We use reclaimed or low embodied energy building materials We instruct staff in green practices We include green room info packs We mention green/eco issues on our website We conserve/care for wildlife in our area/ natural pest eradication We participate in community environmental initiatives We use principles of permaculture and/or biodynamic method of farming

Other Environment Friendly Initiatives

Our 5 properties are set in 5 acres of organic gardens surrounded by our 150 acre farm which is organically certified by Far North Organics and Growers, part of Organic Farms NZ (OFNZ). We are audited annually, and have been certified for 10 years. We actively manage the land to eradicate invasive plants species and non-native animals. We have developed and manage the land in accordance with our land management and biodiversity plan, which includes planing over 70,000 native trees, predator control, invasive plant eradication, fencing and planting riparian boundaries, keeping stock rates at an optimum level, sharing our practices with neighbouring land owners, growing our own organic fruit and vegetables, free range ducks and chickens, and much more! Our own home is 100% grid free, and we generate all our own power through solar (PV) panels and hydro. Our hot water comes from solar tubes and a wet back, and our house has been built to include a wide range of energy saving features and energy efficient devices. We offer guests the opportunity to view our home and explore the farm, and share our ideas and knowledge with all those who are interested.

Organic Meals

All meals are self catering. Local gourmet organic hampers available by prior request. These include our own organically reared beef, and organic fruit and vegetables from our garden. We can also offer gourmet meals prepared and brought to the cottages. The 3-course dinners feature organic and local produce and are prepared by award winning chef, Colin Ashton, from Food at Wharepuke.


Magic Cottage - romantic studio cottage perhced on the river bank; super king bed and en suite. Stunning al fresco claw foot bath on deck. River and Summer Cottages 2 bedroom cottages (1 king/twin ensuite + 1 queen ensuite bedroom per cottage); open plan living, dining and fully equipped kitchen and spacious hall. Cosy wood fire and private romantic al fresco claw foot bath at each cottage. The Lodge - 2 bedroom luxurious property, large open plan living area, beautifully appointed kitchen, expansive river views, cosy wood fire, luxurious spa bath, super king and king bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. All meals are self catering. Local gourmet organic hampers available by prior request. Free WiFi, Broadband Internet and local calls are available from the Office and there is no cell phone coverage. The cottages all have CD players and i-pod docs and are TV-free. A DVD player, books, CDs and magazines are available.

Total Capacity

20 guests


Hi-Fi with CD & DVD player Phone & Broadband


Guests have access to all the amenities at Takou River including free kayaks, canoes and fishing rods; our private Boathouse and Jetty; beautiful private river frontage, marked walks along the river bank, through organic pasture and native bush to secluded swimming and picnic spots, established sub-tropical gardens and 150 acre organic farm, and of course the beautiful deserted sandy beaches a short paddle downstream at Takou Bay. Enjoy the flourishing birdlife; wander the beautiful riverbank through native bush; escape the noise and stress of daily life in the enchanted gardens; borrow a rod and fish or find your own secluded swimming spot in the river; paddle a kayak from the Boathouse to deserted sandy beaches; relax, refresh and romance in your very own private al fresco claw foot bath or simply bask in the bliss of doing absolutely nothing. We also have a wonderful massage therapist available to offer relaxing massages and spa treatments in the comfort of your cottage, as well as our wonderfully relaxing 'Kiwi Tub' - a beautifully positioned free-standing hot tub, perched on the river bank under the pohutukawa trees and filled with fresh clean water just for you (no nasty chemicals), heated and steaming ready for you to enjoy accompanied by candles, bubbly and our beautiful glow worms!

Tariff Includes

Free use of all the amenities (kayaks, canoes, boathouse & jetty, fishing rods, access to Takou Bay Beach)


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User Reviews

There are: 2 reviews, with an average rating of 5.0 out of 5
Magic Cottage is most wonderful retreat for that romantic getaway.Sally wondered where and questioned where we were going.

When we arrived and were met ay Anna all her fears melted away . Most had disappeared when she saw the view as we drove in .
The cottage is designed for romance. The hamper that Anna provided was wickedly generous.

We cant wait to get back.
Posted by Gery Hill on 2013-08-06 14:41:18
Gorgeous, fabulous
Posted by Leonie on 2008-09-12 10:06:24