AS CLOSE TO PERFECT AS IT GETS

Chris and Clare Winsor – Bristol, England

ATTENTION TO DETAIL IN EVERYTHING

Silvia, Andrew and Isabella, California

A MAGICAL PLACE – 100% NO STRESS ZONE.

Deon and Henriette, Cape Town, South Africa

EVERYTHING WAS CLEAN AND AS NEW

Alen and Zoe, Bristol, UK
Over the years Driving Creek Villas have been able to build up a very good reputation, simply by doing what we do best – making you feel at home while providing exceptional quality and service. This is reflected in the the feedback we receive both from our guests as well as the press.
COROMANDEL: ART OF THE GETAWAY

Ellie Hutchinson and her friend find wilderness and culture rubbing shoulders on a weekend in Coromandel.

Alessandra at Poley Bay, Coromandel. Photo / Ellie Hutchinson

Alessandra at Poley Bay, Coromandel. Photo / Ellie Hutchinson

I don’t ask for much in a short weekend getaway — sort me out with some bracing walks, a bit of art, stunning scenery, a few oysters, leaping dolphins and plenty of R and R and I’m happy. I found all of these in a 48-hour Coromandel break.

After an early Friday evening dinner and obligatory end-of-week espresso martinis, my friend Alessandra and I left Auckland on the 6.40pm ferry and headed out into the Hauraki Gulf, looking back on sunset over the city. The ferry delivered us two hours later at Te Kouma Harbour, Coromandel.

We spent our first night at Tokatea, one of three self-catered villas at Driving Creek Villas, a hidden gem set in native bush with immaculate private gardens, giving us an immediate feeling of solitude.

The beautifully designed villas all have generous sleeping areas, expansive decking and an outdoor Japanese hot tub. After a long week we agreed this peaceful oasis was everything we had hoped for, and it wasn’t long before we were lulled to sleep by the babble of the creek and the resident moreporks.

We woke bright and early to a perfect sunny autumn day and stunning views to the Coromandel Range. Ready for our Coastal Walkway hike, we filled ourselves up on complimentary croissants and coffee before being picked up by our guide, James, from Coromandel Adventures.

He drove us north to the start of the walk at Stony Bay, along the way providing information and useful facts and stories about the area, and stopping off to take in the views over the Hauraki Gulf and point out the islands. We broke up the two-hour journey with a stop at family run Hereford ‘n’ a Pickle in Colville village, where roast beef sandwiches were freshly prepared for us along with the best Anzac cookies I have ever tasted.

Vaughan Udall's home studio. Photo / Ellie Hutchinson

Vaughan Udall’s home studio. Photo / Ellie Hutchinson

At 11am we arrived at the track and began the self-guided 10km walk up Henry’s Hill, following clear signposts along the way. We meandered through the beautiful forest, chatting constantly, admiring the views and stopping at the lookout. On a clear day, as we were enjoying, you can see all the way out to Great Barrier Island.

After walking (and talking) for about two hours we stopped for lunch at Poley Bay — a gorgeous rugged beach where we sat on the rocks to eat our sandwiches. We completed the last section of the walk through rolling farmland to Fletchers Bay, stopping for plenty of photos on the way.

James then announced that we had had our starter and main course and it was now time for the dessert. As we headed to the Muriwai walk with our wobbly legs, he assured us it would be easy in comparison to what we’d just done, but would hopefully finish us off.

The ridgeline track to Wharekaiatua Pa was breathtaking and so were the stairs, but the most breathtaking of all was Muriwai estuary — we had no other option but to cross, so it was shoes off (and for some, pants off) so we could wade through the waist-deepwater.

Totally soaked, we giggled as, barefoot, we made our way along the beach and back to the van for a cuppa.

The drive back along Port Jackson Rd was lovely. Ancient pohutukawa line the foreshore and as the sun set we saw dolphins, at least 30 of them, playing in the shallow water close to shore.

We couldn’t resist nipping back for a soak in the hot tub before heading out to dinner and listening to the tuis and bellbirds as we soothed our aching limbs. We agreed this tranquil retreat is perfect for a girls’ weekend or a romantic getaway, but would also be good for families as clever landscaping means you are invisible to the other two villas.

Our restaurant that night, Pepper Tree — a landmark in Coromandel township at over 100 years old — comes complete with courtyard, verandas, kauri wood floors, cosy open fire and mouth-watering menu. We had worked up an appetite and begin salivating over the thought of a dozen freshly shucked Coromandel oysters and award-winning lamb rack, and decided we definitely deserved the lemon meringue and crumble for desert.

The following day, we were up early to explore the grounds before departing for a delicious brunch at Wharf Rd cafe, where friendly owners Ellie and Leigh have the vibe — and the coffee — just right.

We were lucky enough to get a look at the local art studios. There is an incredible arts community here and the big event, the Coromandel Arts Tour, takes place this year from October 7-15.

Builder Kevin Brett clearly has a talent for crafting unique and beautiful furniture from native kauri driftwood, and his work incorporates reclaimed steel. We thought a nice touch was that he includes an inscription on where the recycled materials were found.

Other artists we visited included new resident Julie Pijfers with her stunning bespoke shell jewellery, Petra Meyboden, whose prolific Puketai Pottery came complete with totems, Pete Sephton, who makes limited edition screen prints, Diann Cades’ fine art paintings of local people, Stuart Fyfe’s stoneware pottery and Portage Ceramic Award’s finalist Caitlin Moloney’s giant ceramic necklaces with incredibly intricate detail. Her latest piece will be shipped to Hawaii. It was amazing being able to meet and chat to the artists in their own homes and Alessandra couldn’t resist buying her first piece of art from Vaughan Udall’s fantastic home studio.

We both agreed we’d found a winning formula for the perfect weekend getaway.

Petra Meyboden's sculptures gallery. Photo / Ellie Hutchinson

Petra Meyboden’s sculptures gallery. Photo / Ellie Hutchinson

LIFE IN THE SLOW LANE
Where the air feels distilled by the bush and the soundtrack is courtesy of the tuis. Owner David Foreman has built two cottages on a sliver of family land beside the Driving Creek stream in Coromandel township – light airy structures, beautifully constructed, with a double bedroom downstairs and an attic bedroom upstairs.The front windows over look the stream and the regenerated bush. The cottages are furnished with a pair of very comfortable couches, a lovely old table with bentwood chairs and flax mats on the floor: the essence of Coromandel style. Distance from Auckland: Two and a half hours If you do one thing when you are at Driving Creek Villa: Take a trip on potter Barry Brickell’s eccentric narrow-gage Driving Creek Railway. brickell started the railway – which crosses two spirals and three tunnels, all painstakingly built by hand – in 1974 to carry wood and clay down from the hills to his studio on the flat. Now, it’s a one hour-long trip through regenerating native bush up to the “Eye-full Tower”, with its view over Coromandel and the islands of Te Kouma Harbour, floating in the sea.
Metro Magazine, August, 2005
SERENETY IS THE NEW GOLD IN THE COROMANDEL

There are times when parents of young children decide they’d like a bit of time to themselves. Preferably in a luxury, kid-free location with access to good scenery and even better restaurants.

So – purely in the interests of research – we drove south one Friday evening, left our three children with an obliging mother-in-law in Hamilton, and headed across the Waikato back roads to Coromandel.

We stayed just north of Coromandel township at Driving Creek Villas, near the spot where a prospector named Charles Ring made New Zealand’s first authenticated discovery of gold in 1852, kicking off the country’s first gold rush.

Today the main tourist attractions here are the goldfields and the narrow-gauge Driving Creek Railway, which runs through replanted kauri forest.

The two villas, which lie a short walk down the road, share a large back lawn alongside the once-famous creek. Both are surrounded by native bush and it’s so quiet you can hear tui singing above the sound of the stream.

Owner David Foreman, who designed and built the self-contained accommodation, has gone for luxury in an understated Kiwi-Pacific way – bright orange and dark purple furnishings against white walls and polished wooden floors, a huge kitchen with chrome everywhere and a loft-style bedroom with two single beds upstairs for those who do want to bring the family.

Bi-fold doors open on to a deck and a front garden with its own picnic table. For lazy weekend types like us, the big living area is well set up for a night in, with a TV, DVD player and stereo.

After sampling David’s excellent cooked and continental breakfasts on Saturday morning, we discovered the railway was closed for repairs. Unable to think of an excuse fast enough, I agreed it was time to hit the craft trail.

Coromandel has a reputation as a home for potters and artists of all kinds, so there are many styles on offer. The best advice is to shop around, using the craft trail pamphlet available from the tourism centre. If you want the genuine Coromandel article, it pays to be wary – one shop in the main street was full of Morris and James pottery from Matakana, in Northland.

Our favourite place was The Source, where we found a good selection of local artists. Across the street, Weta had an interesting range of local paintings and photography.

In the further interests of research, we tried out the local produce for lunch, starting at Tere’s delightfully laidback organic deli and general food store. The stereo was playing JJ Cale as we walked through the door and a sign on the fridge read: “Sorry, no milk until Tere returns from the farm at 11.30.”

We picked up Dutch goat cheese, tamarillo chutney from the local Castle Rock winery and some fat, juicy black olives. Down the road at The Coromandel Smoking Company (which also has a store in Manukau), we bought delicious smoked kahawai and garlic mussels, which went down well with a beer and fresh bread from the bakery.

You could eat well for several days in Coromandel without going near a dishwasher. At the Peppertree restaurant that night we enjoyed the superb fish of the day – orange roughy with prawns and scallops – in front of a roaring fire.

Sunday morning took us to Umu for hearty cafe breakfasts.

Even the laziest weekend needs a bit of exercise – especially after this much food – so we tried out some of the walks listed in the tourist centre guide.

The first, on Saturday, was a pleasant half-hour stroll, starting from Long Bay reserve and camping ground. The track leads up a hill, through a grove of young kauri trees and down to a secluded bay on the other side, with views across the water to baches clustered around bays on the Colville road. We headed back round the coastline, admiring views of the nearby islands and Waiheke in the distance.

On Sunday, we were determined to be more ambitious and headed towards the 309 road to Whitianga, where a 45-minute climb would take us to the top of Castle Rock and magnificent views of the peninsula. Or so they say – as we left town under a brilliant blue sky, a heavy rain cloud rolled in and began to pour down on to the ranges.

We took the hint and headed back to town, where we tackled the more modest but enjoyable Kauri Block Pa Track, which starts near the wharf.

A steep but well-formed track heads up to the pa site at the top of the hill, where you get an overview of the town and the harbour.

We stood in the sunshine and took in the landmarks – SH25 snaking up the steep hill to the east on its way to Whangapoua Harbour, the little nine-hole golf course nestled in the hills to the north, and the baches and bays on the far side of the harbour. It was beautifully quiet.

We walked down the other side, then back past the mussel farm and the almost deserted wharf, before heading back to Hamilton and the return of noise.

 

Eating out

Peppertree Restaurant: Upmarket restaurant with adjoining pub. 31 Kapanga Rd, ph: (07) 866 8211
Umu Restaurant & Cafe: Casual cafe food. 22 Wharf Rd, ph: (07) 866 8618

 

What to see

The Source: Selection of work by local artists, 31 Kapanga Rd, ph: (07) 866 7345.

Weta: Also showcases local artists, with emphasis on painting and photography. 46 Kapanga Rd, ph: (07) 866 8823

Coromandel Town Information Centre: Guides on accommodation, food, walks, town history and tourist attractions. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-2pm. 85 Kapanga Rd. (Samuel james Reserve)
Email: coroinfo@xtra.co.nz. Ph: (07) 866 8598

The New Zealand Herald, October 2005
We spent two wonderful and relaxing days at this beautiful Villa. the setting was spectacular and the weather cooperated. the accommodation was very comfortable, making us feel right at home.The attention to detail was evident in the design of the villa, the selection of films, the music, the barbecue and especially the kitchen. David was an excellent guide and host. Silvia, Andrew and Isabella. California

A peaceful oasis. The hot tub was the perfect antidote to a 24 hour flight. Perfect! Lia and Michael UK

We have thoroughly enjoyed our week here. Coromandel is beautiful, the town has everything you need with quality and taste. The villa is all you need beautifully appointed, and so private. The hot tub is wonderful! Excellent meals; found Admirals Hotel excellent (upstairs restaurant). Many thanks David for a memorable experience! Best wishes Ceryl and Clive. Cornwall, UK

Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Hot tub wonderful after a days walk. If we would fit everything in the car, we´d take it all home with us – guess the photos will have to do!! Loved the stewed apple with muesli and yoghurt Huia, Beryl, Glennis, Steve. Auckland

We had a wonderful stay at this place.Thank you very much. It was perfect for our last days in NZ after a three week trip. Many thanks! Dieter, Sabine, Matthias Kunze, Germany

It was the final of our holidays and it couldn’t be better than it was. Blue sky’s and Sandy Beaches around. A final BBQ, the driving creek railway experience…We felt very relaxed and remembered the last four weeks in NZ very well. After packing the luggage to go home we like to thank you, David, for these very peaceful and quiet days we had. Regards Heike und Jens, Marburg, Germany

Absolutely fantastic an amazing place to spend our first two nights as a married couple. Very peaceful, private extremely well appointed. Thanks you so much for a beautiful space. Dave and Sarah

David – It´s all been said before! If we had known just how good it would be – we would have stayed longer. Many thanks. John and Brenda, England

A beautiful setting and lovely villa. The ideal place to relax and enjoy the beauty. Roxane, Verbier, Switzerland

Had a fantastic time at Driving Creek Villas. Very comfortable, peaceful and beautiful surroundings. Visited some lovely beaches, especially New Chums Beach, And had an exciting encounter with a ? Wild boar on our cycle ride. Many thanks! Cecilie, Russel, Alexander Winter, Blackheath, London, UK

Thank you for this little piece of paradise. We will keep it in our memories! Tanja and Stefan, Verden, Germany

What a beautiful place! Weather wasn´t great but didn´t dampen our spirit´s. Lovely villa very tasteful, very quiet nestled in the bush, a perfect place for our Honeymoon and start to our lives together. Look forward to returning one day. Hard to leave a place like this, recommend to others to come and stay here to visit Coromandel to enjoy all that is has to offer. Thank again. Kayan and Rico Boylett, Edinburgh, Jokoroa

We have really enjoyed our short stay here at driving Creek Villas. It is a wonderful restful place and the villa is really beautiful and serene. Only wish we could stay longer, but will recommend to anyone coming to NZ and will hopefully be back again. Thank you. Best wishes and have a lovely Christmas and new Year. Lynne and Mark Turner, Stonnall, England

Magical place. We would not have been surprised to see fairies in the garden. Spend a wonderful weekend here a year ago and were determined to come back. Henriette and Deon, Tauranga, NZ

We came to Driving Creek for a long overdue Visit to the railway, just `happened upon´ this beautiful retreat. Really enjoyed our two night stay and will let our friends know what a treasure this place is. Clear starry sky Saturday night and saw not just 1 but 2 satellites crossing while we were soaking in the tub. Sunday night we were blessed with a few spits of rain – makes the trees sparkle in the morning sunshine. Thrush nesting outside the window. Delightful. Maryanne and Gary Walker, Auckland

David, we have had a lovely restful four days In your villa, thank you for creating them for others to be enjoyed. Maureen Plested granddaughters Hannah and Olivia Owens, Auckland

Your generosity is amazing! “Thank you” does not seem to be enough. We will be returning make no mistake. If you are ever in Tauranga please look us up. Barney Paul and Yal

This place is beautiful! 100% beautiful one day, perfect the next! Being a travel agency owner, will definitely be recommending to clients. Very enjoyable. Thank you Jenny and Sav, Shepparton, Vic, Australia

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in this peaceful spot. We love the design of the house and the landscaping. Spa great! Lovely memories for our family union. Many thanks for your attention to detail. The Higgins

Thank you for providing such a heaven for us. We only intended t o stay one night but because of the extreme weather, which hit the Peninsula, we could not get out. Despite having no power for 28 hours. We enjoyed our time here, cooking on the gas stove and reading by candlelight. Our only regret is that we have not been able to explore. We´d love to come back but it´s a long way. David, Linda, Isla, Joanna Burns, Edinburgh, Scotland

We have decided we would like to take up permanent residency at this beautiful little place! There was certainly everything we needed and more. Our stay here was the perfect getaway from city life and we look forward to returning for another holiday here in the near future. Thank you very much for our lovely stay. Robyn, Craig, Kate, Tom, Auckland

A lovely place to spend our honeymoon, hopefully we will be able to come back next year for our anniversary! Thanks for everything. Charlotte and Cameron

We had a really good time here, nice and relaxing villa….Loved the birds and the Japanese bath. Coromandel is such a nice place and the people are really welcoming. We will be back! Thanks for everything David! Francis and Kim, Tahiti & NZ

It´s a very warm, lovely, cute villa. We had a good time here, and Coromandel is a great place, Hope we can visit here again in the future. PS: We loved the Japanese hot tub. Thank you David Wendy, Chris, Shanshan, Issac, Auckland

Coromandel is a wonderful spot. Proud to be a Kiwi in such a lovely country. These Villas are perfect in such an idyllic place. Congratulations Lance and Lee, Tauranga, NZ

What a treat to stay in this lovely villa and such a friendly informative host. The taste and attention given to the villa makes it such an artistic place. We enjoyed ourselves immensely. Best wishes Donna and Allen Weiss, Malibu, California

We had a great three days stay! We had the hot tub experience three nights in a row. It was lovely in the rain last night. The weather hasn´t worried us. The bush looks more beautiful in the rain – And the rocky coastline around Tuateawa Bay – more dramatic. The villas have style. We love them. Marie and Brian, Red Beach

We have really enjoyed our stay in the Coromandel. It´s not been long enough! Fantastic adventure on the Driving Creek Railway. A visit to the Stamper Battery and panning for gold was really informative and fun. Both not to be missed. Friendly people, great beaches. We aim to return one day! The villa is great! Many thanks for a memorial stay. The Short family, Edinburgh, England

Thank you for this beautiful restful heaven. It has been the perfect environment for us as we enjoyed the preparations and the event of our daughters wedding! This is a beautifully planned, built and appointed oasis. With love and appreciation Sharon and Alan Draughton, Auckland

Driving Creek Villas was like home away from home. Your attention to detail, setting and décor made our stay a pleasure. We will highly recommend your little piece of paradise in the gorgeous Coromandel. Thank you. Dave and Di Ellis, Canada

Driving Creek Villa is our last destination on our travels around Australia and New Zealand. We have loved the comfort and privacy which it has provided. We are returning home refreshed. Thank you Andrew and Sheila, Sheffield, England

Dear David, Our stay here was absolutely perfect; the Villa layout was very comfortable, very well thought out! This was a great place to stay as we explored the entire Coromandel Peninsula. The surroundings are beautiful and so quiet… Very relaxing, just what we were looking for. Absolutely fabulous! Thank you for your hospitality. Bernard, Julie, William Leblank, Hong Kong/Quebec, Canada

David, lovely spot for a quiet relaxing stay. Scallops were wonderful too. We´ve had a superb time, what a shame we have to leave. Pam and Paul, England

This is about as close to perfect as it gets. The only problem ….we would like to stay for ever! Chris (the fisherman) and Clare Winsor Bristol, England

What a delightful place. We have thoroughly enjoyed our time at Driving Creek Villas and the beautiful surrounding area. Thank you so much. Vera and Steve Abell, Longhborough Leics, UK

Thanks David, we had a wonderful couple of nights here, helping to make our Honeymoon so wonderful. Loved the hot tub. We loved your slice of heaven in NZ Simon and Julie, Currently Pakistan, usually Manchester, UK

David, thank you for helping us have a wonderful and comfortable stay. You have paid a lot of attention to detail. We have enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. Happy new year! We hope we see you again. Andy, Raman, Rayay, Aiden, Rachna, Sanjay, London, UK

We have thoroughly enjoyed our short stay. The accommodation and setting has been first class. It is so relaxing and peaceful and everyone has been so friendly. If we return to NZ we will definitely come here but for longer. The Moore family, Jarrow, England

A wonderful stay! Perfect for our family. Everything was perfect! Thanks so much! Kristina, Vitus, Fabien and Linda, Switzerland

We have enjoyed our stay in this beautiful place. We will recommend it to our friends. A truly good discovery. Chupin family, Auckland

David, we have so enjoyed our few days here, it has been a welcome retreat, the villa is fantastic. The garden great, kingfishers too. The pepper tree in town not to be missed. Many thanks Eric and Jen, Stafforchshine, UK

Very inspirational! We had a lovely time and wished we could stayed longer …. but we only have two weeks in NZ. Thank you! Curt and Julie Ziegenfus

Thank you for creating such a great house in such a beautiful setting. The kids enjoyed the space to run around – we enjoyed the Japanese hot tub so much we´re thinking of buying one! Mel, Tony, Lachlan, Olivia, Melbourne, Australia

Had a wonderful stay! Great for the kids. The spa was so relaxing. Everything was perfect and a beautiful setting. Inspirational. Thanks so much we will be back. Wayne, Melissa, Dylan and Ryan, Tauranga, NZ

Thank you for sharing your little slice of heaven with us! We had a wonderful, relaxed stay; And definitely will return. Emily and Dave, Auckland

Happy Birthday to me! What a wonderful place to spend a birthday. Everything has been perfect! Makes it sad to leave. Hope to be back someday soon to soak up more of this great place. Tayla and Jason

We had a lovely time! Very peaceful. Thanks, had a great time. Shanz, Sam, Bron

What a magic place! An absolute treat, everything was perfect. Love the hot tub, comfy beds and couches, very peaceful surrounds. we had a ball. Thank you! Cath and Greg, NZ

A magical place – 100 % No stress zone. Everything was perfect.We will be back. Deon and Henriette, Cape Town, South Africa

David, we did so enjoy our stay, despite the weather. The setting is so tranquil, – just what two busy working ladies needed. Must compliment you on your décor and taste for fine things. We shall return! Raewyn and Adele, Tauranga, Mount Manganui

David, thank you so much for the lovely stay here. The villa was amazing and we just wanted to stay for longer. Thank you for your great hospitality and we hope to visit here again in a few years. Thanks again. A lovely place. The Brett family, Eastbourne, England

A fantastic weekend getaway. The Japanese spa was wonderful and villa and surroundings perfect. We will be back! Angela and Fraser, Auckland

Thank you very much for your hospitality. A wonderful time was had by the both of us. Shaun and Mitch

Beautiful place, very well designed, great experience! George, Auckland

David, you have created a little paradise. Once we arrived we didn’t want to leave. Your attention to detail and concern for catering for all our needs is apparent. Darren and Lynda, NZ

Final de semana perfecto! Carol, Brasil

David, Thank you for sharing this magical place with us. We so thoroughly enjoyed everything. Good luck with your future endeavours and come and visit us in Boulder. John and Peg, USA

Thank you so much for letting us stay in your beautiful accommodation! We all feel as if we had a real taste of luxury this weekend. We admire all of the craftsmanship and hard work that has gone into this place. One of the best places we have stayed in the world. Morgan USA, Grae USA, Jonny UK

Lovely accommodation and a considerate host made for a fabulous stay in the Coromandel. A great way to end our stay in NZ. Would also recommend the Driving Creek Railway – great fun for kids of all ages! The Maclean family, Scotland

We spent two wonderful and relaxing days at this beautiful Villa. the setting was spectacular and the weather cooperated. the accommodation was very comfortable, making us feel right at home.The attention to detail was evident in the design of the villa, the selection of films, the music, the barbecue and especially the kitchen. David was an excellent guide and host. Silvia, Andrew and Isabella, California

Mahalo for sharing your paradise with us – what an awesome retreat this is. David, Mahalo for our hospitality – you are one of the special people why we keep coming back to NZ. A Hui Ho (till we meet again). Corky and Syd, Hawaii, USA

We have thoroughly enjoyed our 4 nights stay here. You have created a wonderful haven, David, with stylish and comfortable accommodation – we are reluctant to leave!With very good wishes for the future and thanks for your hospitality. Jenny and David Wills, UK

Dear David, I cant speak highly enough about the truly splendid paradise we found here and feel as though we have been traveling 6 weeks in NZ just to find Driving Creek Villas and Coromandel. For us, overall, NZ has been far to touristy and we longed to discover the real NZ, I think it is here. No bungy, no buses, no $300 requests for a flight to “X” and at last fantastic food at the Pepper Tree ! We spend our last 2 days here, and what an unforgetful way to say goodbye. I would love to return, thank you for all your hard work.

P.S.: there are more birds here than Stewart and Ulva Island put together!

Candice and David Roberts, USA

A very special place – perfect for our family escape and of course we echo that familiar sentiment, we haven’t had long enough!! Warm regards and our thanks. Scott family, Auckland/Perth/Moscow

We had a lovely, peaceful stay at the Villa It is so comfortable and attractive, gracious I think is the word. We love the Coromandel. Thanks. An and Ken Gatford, London, UK

Lovely place warm and kind people = 100% pure New Zealand! Hope to come back. Veronique, Philippe et Alexandra, Paris

Thank you so much for a wonderful stay at the “driving Creek Villas”. We have loved the kindness of “aunt faye” and “mum”! Thanks again! De Mosch family from Thakau NZ and Margriet from Holland

We just loved it here! Beautifully decorated, great spot. We will recommend this place to all our friends and we would love to come back. Christianne Van Rooden, NetherlandsJan 2006 We have had a wonderful stay, very comfortable well designed villa. Will certainly recommend. David is an excellent host. Helen and Kathleen, UK

A welcome retreat, accommodation excellent, one to recommend. The Cook family, England

A lovely Villa in beautiful surroundings, we loved it! The Bryant family, England

Lovely peaceful place to stay – with my in laws next door too! Our children loved the creek and explored for gold. Villas very well equipped and comfortable. The Hadlley/Treves, UK/Brunei

Beautifully equipped and fitted to a high standard. Everything very clean and as new – a rare find. Had a wonderful 3 days in Coromandel before returning to the cold dark and damp UK winter. Alen and Zoe, Bristol, UK

Nirvana thank you! Tom and Susan Hanson, USA

We loved it here. Beautifully decorated. The Penuals, China (from USA)

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