'round & about the Bay of Islands

KOAST Accommodation Special

koast-posterWe are offering a special weekend package for visitors to Kerikeri for the KOAST (Kerikeri Open Art Studios Trail) on the holiday weekend of October 25-27. Stay in one of our in-house villa rooms for 2 or more nights and receive 10% discount AND a free bottle of wine and antipasto platter! How good is that?

The Kerikeri Open Art Studios Trail offers three days of discovery, with over 50 artists exhibiting their work for sale at 30 studios and galleries around Kerikeri. This will be KOAST’s first annual trail, and it will be a great one. Bring your friends and enjoy driving around beautiful Kerikeri in the Bay of islands; exploring the studios where our artists create their unique works. You’ll find plenty of original art for sale. And Moon Gate Villa is in the heart of Kerikeri and the Bay of Islands.

To book, simply go to our secure booking page, and make sure you mention KOAST in the booking comment.

Certificate of Excellence 2014

certificates2014We are delighted to announce that during autumn we were quality certified as ‘Boutique and Lodge’ by New’s Zealand tourism’s quality arm, ‘Qualmark’. We also achieved TripAdvisor’s “Certificate of Excellent 214″ – in the top 10% of reviews – for the third year running.

It is still 21 degrees in our sheltered garden in mid-June, as we write this, . Although it’s a quiet time of year to visit, there are some wonderful days of blue skies and warm sunshine.

If you’re idea of heaven is strolling along deserted, white sandy beaches then this is a fine time. Why not consider our romantic getaway package?  

Terrace PondWe never rest on our laurels, so over winter we are continuing to improve the lodge and its ground with a new log fireplace in our guest lounge, and a ‘makeover’ for some of our favourite garden spots; including a more tropical focus of heliconias, gingers and bananas in our pool area, a new entrance way to the terrace for our Cottage guests and rejuvenated floral garden beds along our driveway entrance and opposite the moon gate pond.

Stay tuned to our web site, and our Facebook page.  We’ll post photos to update friends as the works progress.

Guests know best

Panasonic Sound BarWe are always looking for ways to improve our rooms and make your stay just a little more special. During spring, we had a delightful, recently married young couple stay with us, and like many always travelled with their smart phone crammed with their favourite music.  On their departure, they remarked how wonderful everything had been, but suggested that a way to play their music in their suite would have made it even more perfect.

Well, we listened.  We are pleased to announce that all three suites have had their entertainment systems upgraded to include Bluetooth capable sound bars to compliment the TV and movie services.  You can now listen to high quality sound whilst watching our movie selection, and techno travellers can pair their iPhone or Android device wirelessly to the speaker system, and listen to their own music in high quality stereo or surround.

Keep those suggestions coming!