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Guest Comments from the Visitors Book

JULY 2017 - APRIL 2018

Jolanda & Henk – Taupo

We are sitting here outside, in the most comfortable chairs! We are the first to see the sun rise again, ready to start a brand new day on Mother earth. What a magical moment. What a joy, what a privilege. At night we saw the sparkling stars, it was like a fairytale, a dream. Rejuvenate and peaceful we are leaving this magical place. Malcolm thank you very much for having us and taking care of us and the car! The dinner you made for us was delicious. We will see each other again. All the best, and good luck.

Simon, Kate & Charlotte - Hawkes Bay

After many stays, our first christmas at the Quarters! We'd talked about it for many years + it finally happened. Malcolm providing a xmas tree + decorations made it very special. Enjoyed our xmas cuppa + my birthday cake with Malcolm on xmas day and we'll be back for another christmas in two years.

T. Family –  Auckland/Tauranga

Planned to visit Mahia + Malcolm for about 20 years. Not disappointed! All we'd hoped for. Morere Nikau Pools a bonus on a grey morning!

Daniel & Capryce –  Waimarama

Soooo beautiful, we have had the most amazing relaxing time here. The VIEWS ♥♥♥ Spectacular, the food divine. Peaceful grounding Ataahua ♥♥♥ We'll definately be returning to jump off the ledge and check out the cave from inside. Thank you very much for prividing us with this wonderful place to stay Malcolm. Nga Mihi.


JUNE 2016 - JUNE 2017


Kate, Simon & Charlotte – Havelock North

This is seriously our favouritest part of the entire world. Gets harder to leave each time. This place is just good for the soul.

Jane & Leon – Hawkes Bay

One of the most beautiful places on earth. The vision required to establish this unique place & the commitment to making it a truly restorative & welcoming venue are quite amazing. You have created a space that has & will impact the lives of people around the world. Thank you.

Pierre & Anne-Laure – Switzerland/France

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to stay in a unique landscape with one of the best views of the Pacific Ocean we have experienced. Everything was perfect. The dinners were delicious. 

Misty & David – Canada & NZ

This place is heaven on earth. I loved this place so much the first time I decided to come back & get married here. It was the most perfect day & Malcolm prepared the best food! 

Veronica & Robin –  The Cotswalds & London

Dear Malcolm,
We have wonderful memories of our lovely stay with you at The Quarters. After browsing our photos of NZ we have decided The Quarters was really one of our very best experiences (and the rest were good!).  Your meals were excellent & we ate better with you then anywhere else on our trip. Everything was delicious.
Thank you for making our first few days & nights so very enjoyable. The trip around your farm was fascinating – what a landscape!

NOVEMBER 2015 - MAY 2016


Dave and Trudie - Auckland

Thank you Malcolm for a splendid 4 days of relaxation, great coastal views and some stunning farm walks. The outstanding highlight was your cooking (10/10  for all 3 meals) and your hospitality in looking after us from the moment we arrived.  


Brett, Naofe, Imogen and Lucy

Just one word for this place - MAGIC. 


Merv and Marion - New Plymouth

Great food, good wine, love, scenery - what more do you need? Fantastic spot.


Theo and Trudy - The Netherlands                          

We finally found it. The edge of the world. There is silence, space, beautiful sea view and delicious meals delivered to your door.


Maria and Bill - San Diego

We so enjoyed the fabulous Quarters and appreciated all the unending details to 'everything'. The location, location, location is truly a hidden gem that brings sparkle to all the experiences.



Richter clan - Wanaka & Wellington
Wow, wow! What a treasure of a place to find. Deeply relaxing wonderous place. Wonderful dinner.

Tim & Danielle - Netherlands
The best sunrises we have ever seen, fantastic location. Thanks for sharing this beautiful spot with us.

Ron & Joy - Auckland
The atmosphere is so beautiful and relaxing. We enjoyed everything about it - the walks, the beaches & the food.

Steven, Jane, Thomas & Ben - Auckland
Thank you for the most amazing week. We have fallen in love with the Quarters. We fly-fished at the river in pristine water, surfed, walked the stunning farm tracks & loved the Morere hot pools.

Eric & Wendy - USA
Awe inspiring!

Heidi - Berlin, Germany
This place is a dream - delicious dinner, fire place, sunset, sunrise, southern cross, birds in the morning. Just everything opened my heart.

JULY 2014 - NOVEMBER 2014

Kate, Charlotte & Simon Watt - Havelock North
"This is officially our favourite place in the world!! This is the second time we have stayed and we will definitely be back for more. A place that is very easy to come and hard to leave!! Malcolm your meals are delicious, thank you.

Peter & Karen - Auckland
"Arrived in the craziest, wildest weather & just had a fantastic time - beautiful, wild, great hospitality - awesome fresh bread, crayfish and dinner. Such a magic piece of N.Z."

Tania & Simon - Gisborne
"A perfect oasis of calm, peace and  tranquility. An incredible expanse of sky and ocean. Perfect ingredients fo unwinding, relaxing and leaving the 9-5 behind for a few days."

Steve & Jill - Hastings
"Stunning spot. Thanks for a relaxing weekend, the warm welcome, the history, the woodfire, the view, the view, the view."

Tin & Danielle - Netherlands
"The best sunrises we have ever seen. Fantastic location. Thanks for sharing this beautiful spot with us."

Liz & Dave - U.K.
"Exhilerating walks. Superb setting with awesome sunrises. Just sitting outside and looking at the fantastic view was a real tonic. Delicious dinners. Thanks."
NOVEMBER 2013 - JUNE 2014

Jessica & Thomas - San Francisco
" It's hard to put into words just how spectacular this place truly is. Thank you so much for your hospitality and wonderful dinners. If only we had more time here."

Ailne & Marcus - Napier
"Spectacular, simply stunning! We feel very blessed and priveleged to have shared two magical days in your haven. Peace and tranquility has been spellbinding."

Chris & Tim & Family - Napier
" OMG! This place is truly special. The view is spectacular. Amazing how different it is every day. We had a ball. Wh have fallen in love with the whole area. As the kids say 'BEST HOLIDAY EVER'"

Karen & Daniel - Wellington
"Thank you for the most magical weekend of our lives. It was the most perfect weekend for our wedding and honeymoon.

Nicky & Glenda - NSW
" This place is insane. Legendary views, fantastic light, and amazing landscape."

MAY  2013 - NOVEMBER 2013

Rhod & Steph & Family - Ruakaka
"Such a wild and beautiful place to get married, amazing weather. 20 degrees in July and chrystal clear. Heartfelt thanks. The food was amazing."

Ben & Kellie - Gisborne
"Perfect - just a wonderful peaceful place, stunning views, fabulous food."

Mark & Meg - Wadestown
"What a truly magician place, the rocks, the beaches, the glow worms, climbs up the hills and the farm ride. Not to mention the river. Thank you so much for a fantastic stay."

Kim & Rob - Gisborne
"Wow!! Thank you for your hospitality - truly an escape from reality. We will be back again ... & again!"

Janet & Jeff - Oregon, USA
"Your hospitality is much appreciated. We've looked forward to this for so long & are sad to leave. This is an experience we want to "bottle up" forever! Oh - the crayfish = heavenly! Thank you Malcolm."

DECEMBER 2012 - APRIL 2013

Del & Richard - Taihape
"The family had an incredible  adventure. The Xmas tree, hot bread & crayfish was the beginning of what was to come. The kids loved the rocks & swimming & the freedom. The views unbelieveble."

Des & Dale - Queensland
"We find the nicest places by accidents. This has been one of the nicest accidents we have had."

The Wrights - Tauranga
"Wow! What a fantastic 'away from it all experience' with all the luxury you could require."

Mark, Sally, Anne & George - U.K.
"Glorious location! A fantastic peaceful place to hideaway from the world. Beautiful sunrises, rich sunsets & incredible stargazing."

Katie & Pete - Washington
"The highlight of our trip. A one of a kind spot for some R&R. Dinner was the best we had in N.Z."

MAY 2012 - NOVEMBER 2012

Lynne & James – Hamilton
“Wonderful 4 days of relaxation, great food & glorious log fire. Beautiful views from the edge of heaven.”

Corinne & Judy – Auckland
“A rippling, silver pathway to infinity - The Quarters at night.”

Gena & Vica – St. Petersburg, Russia
“Thank you very much for the wonderful time in maybe the best place in New Zealand.”

Brett & Sheralyn – Hamilton
“A real retreat. Beautiful place & hosts. This is exactly what we were looking for. Malcolm you have got it right!! Evening meals were awesome. Thanks so much.”

DECEMBER 2011 - APRIL 2012

Gail and James – New York
“The most beautiful spot in NZ & the best part of our honeymoon. Thank you for sharing it.”

MaryAnne & Peter – Brisbane
“This has been an amazing experience, we will never forget how wonderful our visit to The Quarters and Te Au was.”

Peter & Iris – Auckland
“This place is hard to beat! The walks, the starry nights, the cosy fire, the amazing view and even seeing a pod of dolphins from the front deck.”

Tom & Cindy – Kansas
“Our 3rd visit & it only gets better. Thank you.”


"The Quarters provided us with a piece of NZ paradise. The stunning views from the property, exploration of the Rock and a visit to the glow worm valley were highlights. We all loved the local beach- Mahanga with its rolling surf and endless sands. Malcolm's delicious meals ensured the perfect end to each day. Thank you!"

"The deck, the sun, the water, the dinners & the wine, the dolphins… what a joy! We never had seen so many stars!!"

"Any place where you get greeted with a hot loaf of corn bread, crayfish in the fridge and a big smile is ok by me. This far into the visitor’s book, it is pretty hard to find something unique to write that hasn’t been said before. Except – if I were to be reincarnated as a (non-beef) cow, I would want to be a cow on Te Au Farm. The views, the comfort, the delicious food… what a blissful place, one of the nicest we have stayed in our 3 weeks in NZ. We are sad to go!"

"A real home away from home in the most perfect spot for a house in the world. Everything is just perfect. I wish this holiday could last 100 years!"

"A very brief but totally wonderful stay! So relaxing, stunning views and exceptional hospitality. Will certainly recommend."

"We’ve had a fantastic time, easily one of the best places we’ve ever stayed! Thank you Malcolm for your great hospitality. We hope to come back."

"Great to experience what all our Travel Essence clients experience! Nature, peace and space. A spiritual part of New Zealand! This little house brings joy and a basic feeling of just be. Thanks Malcolm!"


"Sitting on the deck looking at the most amazing double rainbow!! Heaven on earth...we have loved being in this very special place you have so lovingly created amidst such exquisite beauty. Delicious gourmet meals, thank you so much – so many special moments of pure bliss and relaxation. Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude."

"Obsessive searching hasn’t turned up anything better than here. Everything you need and a view to die for. Thanks so much."

"My new favourite place!"

"Wonderful place after 10 days touring New Zealand. Thank you for the superb meal."

"Two weeks into a three month N.Z trip. We believe this will be the most glorious place we will stay in the whole time – it just cannot get any better. Thanks for the lovely food."

"Happily we come back here again. We have visited many beautiful places but ‘The Quarters’ is No 1! Shinji, Yuka and Tana - Japan"


"We spent 7 days here – and every day was absolutely perfect!! A true piece of paradise.!"

"Beautiful spot. Priceless views. Just amazing! Walk to the river a must do! Thanks for a terrific holiday"

"WOW! What a fantastic place. We loved the sunrises and the fantastic views. We’ll be back soon to check our tree"

"A perfect getaway – just us and the ocean and the big starry sky"

"Just a slice of paradise. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and those lovely meals. We’ll be back to see our granddaughters trees"

"Back again a third time. There is a magic to this place. A place of complete peace surrounded by incredible views day and night – unbeatable!"

"The memories will last a lifetime. Engaged at sunrise!!"


"A magic, wonderful place! Unforgettable experience!"

"We should have taken your advice and spent another month at The Quarters! We loved the farm tour and then to be treated with a fabulous dinner."

"We spent our first half hour unable to stop staring at the view - jaws to the floor... wonderful fresh dinner and wine. Woke to a beautiful sunrise. What an amazing place."


"Fantastic location, brilliant set up, great people! The best R & R we have found. Thanks for a terrific stay we have 100's of pictures of cows, goats and beautiful scenery. Saw the sunrise over the Pacific Ocean this morning - a first!!"

"Everything I ever dreamed it would be. The view and the hospitality will be remembered vividly and treasured always. Thank you June and Malcolm"

"A dream of ours to stay at The Quarters for a long time. Beautiful quiet isolation. Sitting in bed watching the sunrise - WOW!"

NOVEMBER 2008 - APRIL 2009

"Absolutely fabulous. We have been traveling in New Zealand for 1 month and this is by far the most special place we have stayed. Many websites overstate the accommodation and view - The Quarters underestimated and underplayed. We would come here again in an instant."

"Top of the World location. Who could ask for more. Absolutely glorious setting. Best ocean views we have ever seen. Thank you for sharing."

"Sound of Pacific, Milky Way at night, farm animals around in the day and the experience throughout the farmland to the river. Our hearts and mind are taking these moments back to Germany knowing we must return in a few months."

"We have been traveling for 3 months and loved this place the best."

"Consider us 'Quarters Converts' - the vista, the weather, your beautiful farm, the crayfish and bread, the sumptuous duvet and crisp clean sheets. Absolutely gorgeous deck and can recommend the deck at night for viewing an amazing carpet of stars. Mahanga Beach so much fun. Thanks for creating this holiday idyll. Never been so relaxed in our lives. So beautiful - thank you."

"The 'Mykonos' of New Zealand. Not a more beautiful place could we dream of. Many thanks."


"Millionaire views....... so quiet, relaxing, serene!! Another magnificent memory to savor and cherish. Thanks for sharing your 'Heaven' with us."

"We feel very lucky to have spent time here and sad to be going. Thank you."

"What an amazing place! Loved the peacefulness, escapism Te Au provided. We will be back for sure!"

"Will look back to 3 days spent here and have warm feeling about life."

"A magical place of many dimensions, stunning views, isolation and solitude. Great walks and places of interest on a beautiful farm. Wonderful hospitality. Thank you for sharing it with us."

"The farm and coastal walks were the highlight for us. The views magnificent."


"Millionaire views... so quiet, relaxing, serene!! After a cold, wet, dark arrival - to see blue sea calm and cold. Magnificent memory to savour and cherish! Thanks for sharing your heaven with us."

"Splendid isolation with a view 'to die for'."

"Wonderful: just what we wanted! The cornbread and crayfish, the views and the meals - all terrific. Thank you for sharing this with so many lucky guests."

"Could this be heaven?"

"Blue, green, sky and grass. Rounded hills. Steep and high, up, up in the atmosphere. Panorama of ocean and sky. Top of the world! Beautiful! Top of the list. My favourite!"

"7 days was not enough - a wonderful place to relax and wind down and soak up the atmosphere."

"One of New Zealand's best spots."

"What an amazing place! Loved the peacefulness and escapism Te Au provided."

"It's comforting to know that places like this exist. I hope to come back to experience this Utopia again." - February 2004

"We had a fantastic start to our honeymoon here at The Quarters. Peace. Solitude. Privacy. Views. Tranquility. Serenity." - November 2003

"Being from Hawaii where do you go on holiday? Here! The seal was at The Rock and the diving was unreal. Will bring the kids next time." - October 2003

"Beauty, wilderness, serenity... this has to be the standard everything else is compared to." - July 2003

"We have returned yet again. We love this place! It's just as magical as the first time." - April 2003

"The 3 days spent here have been the highlight of our NZ holiday." - December 2002

"We have never been to such a beautiful and peaceful place." - December 2002

"Absolutely blew our socks off. We can't imagine it getting any better. Quite a welcome with corn bread and crayfish - many, many thanks." - December 2002

"The land that stress forgot. What a superb place with one of the best views in the world." - October 2001

We have never been to such a beautiful and peaceful place.

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