"What a magical place! In a country of beautiful vistas, this is the one that will stand out in our memories. Hope to be back again for a longer stay!"
- Tammy & Steve Cooper - Texas, USA
"Fantastic! Awesome! Neat! The fans of Michael Hurst salute the Bethells family of Kiwi-land for allowing us to share this lovely country, one of the most beautiful on earth. In our wildest dreams, we could not have imagined that we would all have come together in NZ and at Bethells Beach where so many scenes from our favourite show were filmed. We will be back!! Thank you for your hospitality. The view was magnificent, the spaghetti sauce was superb and the cottage completely charming. The view was completely breathtaking. In Godzone, this is the Garden of Eden."
- Marilyn Taylor - Michigan, USA
"Arrived here to the sound of the waves and truly believed we had found the perfect location for our wedding. The flowers in the cottage were spectacular, everything we could have wished for, woke up to a fantastic breakfast prepared with care by Trude on our wedding day. The weather was awful all day, until ½ hour before the wedding when the sun came out, the sky turned blue and stayed absolutely perfect for the rest of our special day. Trude and John made our wedding the best day we have ever had with the largest lobster and champagne dinner – we look forward to spending many more happy times here in the place where our most special memories will be until we open the door once more. Thank you for all the care and attention that made everything perfect. What else can I add? Just the most amazing place. Thanks to John & Anthony for an impromptu stag party to remember!"
- Jennifer Naskret & Jeremy Pigden
"A wonderful memory created."
- Bob Fooks - Tasmania, Australia
"A wonderful beautiful place. We have enjoyed the remoteness and quiet. The hosts were great and food exceptional. Truly a place to remember!"
- McAllister Family - Montana, USA
"A truly magical place – unforgettable. Thanks to two special hosts for their hospitality."
- Frazer Gillespie - Wallasey, England
"A rejuvenation place – good for the soul! We’ll be back soon!"
- Margarete & Mark Jennings
“Paradise” is alive and well and it is here! I wish we could take this place back with us … so we could show people what they are missing. We loved the cottage and all the hospitality. Thanks John & Trude for the “best” few days we’ve ever spent. Next time we will plan to stay longer."
- Don & Pam Brannan - Kansas, USA
"A wonderful stay in the fairy house! Thank you Trude and John for your special little touches everywhere. We’ll be back. We so needed to touch the ground and we ended up kissing the sky!"
- Anneliesje & Dave Dobbyn
"Dear Trude and John, It’s a bit difficult to find proper words to express our pleasure and amazement for your wonderful facilities, your graciousness, and your conscious attention to details in making our space warm, inviting and oh-so comfortable. Nancy and I have travel as a habit and you get the award for kindest intentionality. Thank you for making our first visit to Auckland such a happy one. We are truly glad for our decision to forsake five-star hotels and the typical Bed and Breakfasts."
"Feeling at home as soon as we opened the door. Thank you both for giving us the chance to breath the atmosphere of your special cottage – feeling the warmth and love of two people who take care of other people. We have had excellent surroundings to taste a lot of New Zealand wines. Great! Birgit & Thomas"
- Birgit & Thomas
"If paradise is half as nice …. Where can I hide – please don’t make me go!"
- Rikki Morris & Debbie Harwood
"Te Henga, the perfect place, perfect weather, friends, family together made this the most perfect romantic wedding we could have imagined. A fairytale come true – an idyllic beginning to the happy ever afters . . . A big thank you to Trude & John, the special touches were wonderful."
- Kitty & Stephen Coates
"Trude our host left a wonderful feeling of New Zealand hospitality that I will always remember. Great place!"
- Peter, Tippy & Nicole - Guernsey
"Truly left without words to express your kindness, super suppers & beautiful sunsets. Can one believe such a place exists!"
- William Clayton, USA
"We came, we saw and did nothing – and loved every minute of it. Wild, Windy & Wonderful!"
- Garry & Julie
"We love it here! A beautiful house with spectacular scenery. Delicious breakfasts and outstanding dinners and two very interesting and amusing hosts. What more could you ask for. Thanks for a great ending to our New Zealand experience."
- Diane & Donald Lippincott - Connecticut, USA
"What a truly lovely, especially enjoyed place to stay. Enjoyed your flowers and herbs, the food, scenery and thanks so much for accommodations. Unique everything."