Magic Cottage

Magic Cottage
self contained romantic accommodation - Kerikeri - New Zealand

Magic Cottage
Magic Cottage is the ultimate romantic retreat.
Voted one of the Top Ten Luxury Lodges in New Zealand by XtraMSN.

Hidden from view, the beautiful and secluded riverside cottage
provides boutique self-catering accommodation, that is eco-friendly, yet still indulgent.

Perched on the banks of the Takou River,
just upstream from the beautiful and deserted sandy beach at Takou Bay,
Magic Cottage provides total privacy and seclusion - the ultimate romantic retreat.

The cosy studio is surrounded by 5 acres of sub-tropical gardens and
spills onto a private sun-deck suspended over the river.
Stunning estuary views and a luxurious antique claw foot bath on the deck
overlooking the river make it the perfect spot to lie back, relax and
bask in the bliss of doing absolutely nothing.

"...a place of absolute, blessed escape..."  NZ Herald on Sunday


Guests enjoy a Super King bed, feather duvets and pillows, cotton linen, blankets and throws, bath and beach towels and cotton waffle bath robes, complimentary toiletries, candles, fresh flowers, magazines and books.

 The cottage is thoughtfully furnished and fully equipped for self-catering.
It is completely self-contained.

Magic Cottage Beach
Peace, seclusion and tranquility surround Magic Cottage
 - a beautiful river frontage
and al fresco claw foot bath, 150 acres of organic farmland,
secluded swimming, 5 acres of sub-tropical gardens, summer house, private jetty and boat ramp,
fishing, kayaks, canoes and access to the beautiful and
deserted sandy beaches at Takou Bay.

Magic Cottage is centrally located to explore the wider Bay of Islands and
Far North's attractions, yet hidden away from the hustle and bustle
of major tourist towns. Kerikeri is an easy 20 minute drive.

Magic Cottage Hot Tub

“We now have a wonderful Hot Tub,
romantically perched on the river bank under the Pohutukawa Trees.
Perfect for the committed romantic or those looking for the ultimate romantic
and relaxing treat. 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.”

Magic Cottage is ideal for honeymooning couples, anniversary or birthday celebrations, romantics of any age, or those simply wishing to escape the stress, noise and pollution of everyday life


  • Cosy studio cottage
  • En suite shower room
  • Super king bed
  • 100% cotton linen, blankets and cosy throws
  • Feather pillows & duvet
  • Cotton waffle bathrobes
  • Bath and beach towels
  • Magazines & books
  • Fresh flowers & candles
  • Tea & coffee
  • Solar lighting
  • CD player & i-pod dock – battery powered
  • Cutlery, crockery & glassware
  • Fridge
  • Gas oven & hob
  • Gas heater
  • Gas BBQ
  • Alfresco claw foot bath plumbed into the hot water
  • Garden tables & chairs
  • Free kayaks and Canoes
  • Floating jetty
  • Boathouse
  • Secluded swimming hole
  • Private river frontage
  • 5 acres of sub-tropical gardens
  • 150 acres of organic pasture, riverfront and native bush surround the property
  • Takou Bay – a short paddle downstream

Available on request:

  • Broadband, Internet and WiFi
  • Laundry
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Fishing rods


  • Free Kayaks and canoes, paddles and lifejackets
  • 150 acre certified organic farm with Hereford Cattle, pigs and hens
  • Marked walkways along the river bank, across pastures, swimming spots, through native bush and past streams and a water fall
  • Fishing rods for use in the river - Kahawai, Mullet, Black Snapper, Flounder, Snapper and Trevally all in the river
  • Bird watching both along the river and at the beach
  • Swimming from the sandy beach at Takou Bay or in secluded spots along the river
  • Walking and tramping both on the property and nearby
  • Northland Food & Wine Trail including wineries, Mahoe Cheese Factory, Olive Oil, and many other local products at Kerikeri Farmers Market every Sunday
  • 5 Wineries all within 20 minutes
  • Arts and crafts trail in and around Kerikeri
  • Coastal Walks
  • Thermal pools
  • 6 golf courses within 35 minutes drive
  • Paihia, Russell, Waitangi and the Bay of Islands – sailing and motor boat trips, sport fishing, dolphin and Whale watching excursions
  • Historic sites at Waimate North, Kerikeri Basin, Waitangi
  • Whangaroa Harbour, kayaking, sport fishing and walking
  • Manganoui, historic town, Butler Point Whaling Museum
  • Day trips to Cape Reinga, 90-mile Beach and the West Coast.
  • Puketi Forest & giant Kauri trees – tramping and short board walks

Guest Comments:

  • Thank you for letting us share Paradise with you. We wish we had booked more time. Accommodation fantastic, scenery out of this world, along with beautiful wildlife - UK
  • This has been a most wonderful week; bathing in the starlight; paddling to the sea; relaxing in such rich and beautiful    surroundings – we shall never forget it - Germany
  • A magical corner of the world that we will remember for many years, made all the more special by the warmth and     hospitality of our hosts, Thank you - Australia
  • A wonderful world hidden from the rest - Australia
  • How lucky to stumble across this most magical of places - jumping fish, eels, kingfishers, etc etc. The most peaceful and relaxing place we have been to. Magic memories will stay with us for ever. Thank you so much for allowing us to share them with you - UK
  • Magic!! The best couple of days of Romance and Relaxation, love the place - New Zealand


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 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, 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.

Your Hosts: Ian & Anna Sizer


660 Takou Bay Road, Kerikeri, Northland, New Zealand

Postal address:

PO Box 55, Waipapa, 0246, Northland


+64 9 407 8065






$300 - $350/night (2 night minimum stay)

From Kerikeri head north on SH10. 8km north of Waiapapa turn right onto Takou Bay Road. After 1 km road forks – turn left and follow metalled road for 5.5 km right to end.

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