Set a short distance from Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands, Magic Cottages at Takou River are peaceful and beautiful riverside retreats set on the banks of the picturesque Takou River. The cottages include the secluded Magic Cottage, which has been voted one of the Top Ten Luxury Lodges in New Zealand.


Just a short paddle from the beautiful sandy beaches at Takou Bay and surrounded by 150 acres of certified organic pasture, native bush and 5 acres of sub-tropical gardens, the 4 Cottages, and Lodge provide boutique self-catering accommodation that is eco-friendly yet still indulgent.

Luxury & Romantic Packages and Autumn/Winter Specials

For the ultimate indulgence, we now have an enticing selection of luxury and romantic autumn and winter specials, designed to banish the winter blues, and relax, rejuvenate, romance and pamper the senses. Featuring cosy wood fires, relaxing spa baths, star lit romantic alfresco claw foot baths, pampering spa treatments, rejuvenating massages, and gourmet food, these packages are perfect treats for honeymoons, anniversaries, birthdays or romantic escapes. For the ultimate magical experience, we now have a wonderful Hot Tub, romantically perched in a secluded spot on the river bank under the Pohutukawa Trees. Perfect for the committed romantic or those looking for the ultimate romantic treat. Lie back and soak in the steaming tub with flickering candles, bubbles on ice and gazing at the beautiful night sky or our magical glow worms.

Gift Vouchers

The perfect solution for Birthday, Anniversary and Wedding Presents. We can tailor-make individual gift vouchers and packages to suit any occasion, from simple accommodation only vouchers, to more indulgent gift vouchers including gourmet meals, relaxing massages and romantic Hot Tubs. The vouchers are beautifully presented including images and personal greetings and can be emailed to you the same day - Ideal for those last minute gift dilemmas!

Eco-Friendly Accommodation

Choose from Magic Cottage, a cosy solar powered studio perched on the river bank – the perfect romantic retreat complete with intimate alfresco claw foot bath overlooking the river; or Summer and River Cottages– more spacious 2-bedroom cottages built with environmental sensitivity and set in the beautiful gardens a minutes walk from the riverbank. Each cottage has its own private romantic alfresco claw foot bath either perched on the cottage deck (River Cottage) or hidden away in the gardens at The beautiful Balinese Summer House (Summer Cottage). The Lodge offers spacious and indulgent accommodation for a couple or those wishing to relax with family and friends. It has a lovely warm timber interior, log fire and spa bath; beautifully appointed kitchen and luxurious super-king and king beds; cathedral ceilings and uninterrupted views across the lawns and lily ponds to the river. Our most recently completely accommodation, The Shearers’ Cottage is a sunny and spacious three bedroom self-catering cottage, perfect for families or couples wishing to relax and explore the Bay of Islands.

A stay at Takou River is about so much more than just indulgent accommodation. Guests have access to a wonderful range of amenities including individual alfresco baths or an indoor spa bath; free kayaks, canoes and fishing rods; a private boathouse, jetty and Summer House; tranquil and private river frontage, secluded swimming spots, 5 acres of lush sub-tropical gardens and 150 acres of organic farm with tranquil walkways along the river bank, through native bush and pasture, and of course the beautiful deserted sandy beaches a short paddle downstream at Takou Bay. Relaxing and rejuvenating massage and beauty therapy treatments are also available in the comfort and privacy of your own accommodation. …And finally, to truly relax, luxuriate in our brand new free-standing Hot Tub filled just for you and perched magically on the banks of the river. Lie back and soak in the steaming tub with flickering candles, sipping bubbles while gazing at the beautiful night sky and our magical glow worms. This is the ultimate in candle-let riverside romance.


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 alfresco claw foot bath – or simply bask in the bliss of doing absolutely nothing.

WiFi, Broadband Internet and local calls are available from the Office. The cottages have CD players and i-pod docks and are TV and cell phone-free. DVD players, DVDs, books, games, CDs and magazines are available.




Enjoy a stay that is eco-friendly yet still indulgent, knowing that you will be leaving behind the lightest environmental footprint. Our 150 acre certified organic property (Word Doc, 700KB) surrounds the cottages and the wealth of native birdlife and abundance and diversity of native plants are a testament to the biodiversity plans and land management techniques implemented at Takou River. These include fencing all the riparian boundaries, planting over 20,000 native trees since 2004 and eliminating the use of all chemical sprays, pesticides or fertilisers. Managing the Cottages and Lodge in line with our environmental action plan (Word Doc, 800KB), we make every effort to ensure your stay has the minimal environmental impact, from solar lighting at Magic Cottage; rainwater harvesting; chemical free water treatment; grey water recycling for irrigation; energy efficient appliances and lighting; recycling and composting facilities; low toxicity, biodegradable eco-friendly cleaning products and toiletries; recycled products; organic vegetable gardens, instantaneous gas hot water; Carbon offset programme and more.


Takou River • New Zealand • +64 (0) 9 407 8065 • stay@takouriver.com


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