Press

Many guests and media have stayed and made recommendations. Here are a selection.

Life (UK) - Mar 1998, “A place you can call home without all your mess in it”

Vogue (Australia) - May 1998, “Every which way - the finest places to stay from the Gold Coast to New Zealand”

She - Feb 1999, “10 Best Romantic Escapes”

North & South - Jan 1999, “Simply the best – the best of everything [NZ] has to offer - Bed & Breakfasts”

Southern Skies - Oct 2000, “Beyond the burbs”

Business to Business - Jan 2001, “Precious inheritance - Bethell converts family treasure into paradise”

Pacific Wave - Feb 2000, “Wild Wild West”

Grace - Feb 2000, “Go West”

The Sun Herald (Sydney, Australia) - Apr 2001, “Auckland’s warm welcome lasts all year round”

NZ Bride & Groom - May - July 2001, photograph (page 190)

Neuseeland News (Germany) - Aug 2001, “Gluckliche Paare am Bethells Beach”

Orange County Newspaper
Tourism New Zealand - February 2002 Two America’s Cup events: America’s Cup welcoming into New Zeland for the Oracle racing team (USA) and the international Media group. Lunch was provided with Dave Dobbyn live with favourite music and wine/beer tasting. The Minister of Tourism welcoming. Volleyball on the front lawn and many more activities for each of the afternoons.

New York Times - April 2002

Dave Dobbyn - Mid 2002 Interviewed at Te Koinga Cottage for his album

Fodors Travel Guide (USA) - October 2002 Included Bethells Beach Cottages as one of the best experiences in New Zealand

Metro - November 2002

NZ Bride and Groom Magazine - 2002

Destination NZ - November 2002, Tourism NZ selected us into the Destination New Zealand tourism guide as one of the top ten tourism operators in Auckland!

Shania Twain - March 2003 Stayed with her team and made a music/album video on Bethells Beach

Bruce Springsteen - March 2003 The following weekend we had Bruce Springsteen’s drummer with family and friends stay in both cottages - Bruce came for lunch.

Karen Walker - March 2003 Karen Walker (one of NZ’s top fashion designers) stayed for the weekend and brought her people from Elle Magazine (UK). They produced an article on “Karen Walker’s Favorite Weekend in NZ” to be published in October 2003 Also Karen Walker in PsychoPEDIA 2007

Elle (UK) - October 2003, Karen Walker’s article (as mentioned above)

Destination NZ - November 2002, Tourism NZ selected us into the Destination New Zealand tourism guide as one of the top ten tourism operators in Auckland!

USA Fodors Travel Guide - 2003 - described as one of the best experiences in New Zealand!

Cuisine NZ Magazine - August/September 2003 100th Birthday Issue - West Auckland article

Concierge Magazine (Aus) - Aug/Sep 2003
Interview with Derek Fenn (Chief Concierge, Sky City) interview on his favourite weekend retreat – Bethells Beach Cottages. Publication date to be notified

Next Magazine - September 2003 - Fashion shoot and article (Publication date 2003).

NZ Wine & Cuisine Magazine - September/October 2003

Turquoise Holidays (Travel Agency (UK) - October 2003 Profiled Bethells Beach Cottages for their client’s review, website and latest book as an exclusive hideaway Accommodation destination in NZ.

An Italian Interior design Magazine - October 2003 Telephoned for a profile/photographs and review. Published article to be notified.

Tourism AK - November 2003 Summer Exploring article in monthly brochure.

Granada Television (UK) - December 2003 Interviewed Trude and John from Travel television show (follow up interview to come).

Magic Show - January 2004 Tara (World’s 5th Greatest Magician) presented a show at Bethells Beach Cottages.

Harper Bazaar Magazine (Aus) - February 2004 Fashion shoot article. Publication date to be notified. (booking from Tourism New Zealand).

NZ Fitness Magazine - February/March 2004 2 page article titled “Bethells Beach Escape” by Jenny McElroy, with photos. Rejuvenate and Recharge.

Autocar Magazine - June 2005 Article on West of Auckland - one feature being Bethells Beach Cottages by Donna Blaber.

Also featured on:

  • Lonely Planet
  • BBC Travel Show
  • Fodors Travel Guide (USA)
  • Turquoise Holidays Ltd (UK)

Next Magazine - January 2012 Profiles Trude for 'Successful Entrepreneurs' editorial page. Read the article.

Business awards judges comments on Bethells Beach Cottages

  • Fantastic operation with Great natural advantage
  • Quality website that reflects well the business operation
  • A real Kiwi operation with lots of initiative and creativity
  • Unusual / diverse / unique
  • Passionate owners with vision
  • Wonderful
  • Truly aligned with Eco-City brand

Bethells Beach Cottages is a popular destination for many local and international high profile and/or celebrity guests - both for day and overnight stays.

The Man Who Lost His Head film was filmed at Bethells Beach and Xena Warrior Princess show was filmed here at Bethells Beach.

International singing star Shania Twain‘s 2003 music video for “Forever and for Always” was filmed at Bethells Beach. Shania stayed at Bethells Beach Cottages whilst filming that music video on location in March 2003.

We’ve also hosted “The Boss” - Bruce Springsteen and his team.

Top NZ fashion designer, Karen Walker, who even selected us for an ELLE (UK) magazine article she was doing on her favourite New Zealand Weekend getaway (for publication in October 2003).

Top NZ musician, Dave Dobbyn, also chose Te Koinga Cottage as the ideal location for an album release interview he did in 2002.