Guest Book

Queen's birthday We really appreciated being able to be at this cosy cottage. Having a fire was a treat - warm and cossie. Lovely setting. Hosts open to us at last minute. All we needed. Thank you.

Family Roberts Auckland 2019

This home is very comfortable & well equipped. The grounds are gorgeous & it was so homey and relaxing. We stayed for two nights & I can honestly say that I wish we were there much longer. I would highly recommend this home! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Gina and family Auckland April 2019

A beautiful cottage. Perfect for some R&R. Well taken care of and with many personal touches "It was a beautiful cottage, perfect for a weekend away. We really appreciated the fresh flowers and information on the good walks in the area."

Dorothy and partner Feb 2019 USA

Lovely home with beautiful garden!!

Kathryn and partner ( USA) Feb 2019 (Homestead)

Beautiful scenic & peaceful Beautiful scenic place

Cottage and Pod Julia and Family Hamilton

Lovely, quiet and private cottage with everything you need.

Cottage and Pod, Nicola and partner Dec 2018

A charming little place to stay in a great location. All very tidy and well appointed in beautiful, relaxing and private grounds.

Tim and partner Jan 2018 (auckland)

Dear Harmen and Barbara, We arrived safely to your beautiful home-it is really lovely here!Thank you so very much for the Christmas decorating and especially for the Christmas crackers! Those are part of our tradition at home so they will be lots of fun for our dinner this evening:) I'm hoping the weather holds and we can eat outside-definitely something we don't do at home in December! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

Margaret and Family (Canada)

Harmen and Barbara, Thank you for letting us stay at your beautiful house! A great house for our family, with lots of room for the kids to play outside! Nogmaals bedankt en we hopen zeker weer eens terug te komen!! 😃 Annette en familie

Annette and Family Auckland Jan 2018

Amazing beautiful retreat! Highly recommend. booking ex Tripadvisor

Woodberry Farm Cottages Homestead Family Auckland

We had a great stay, the property had so much to do and is an excellent place for kids.

Daniel and Family 2018

Barbara and Harmen, Our stay at Woodberry Farm was amazing, absolutely everyone loved and enjoyed the wonderful feeling and comfort that was readily available as soon as we opened the door. Cheers Loretta

Auckland large Group Oct 2018

My fiancé and I stayed in the cottage for two nights over a weekend. The cottage was lovely and clean and had a really nice smell. The kitchen was well equipped and included a coffee machine and a small fridge. The heater kept the cottage nice and cosy. The bed was really comfy and the pillows were awesome, we slept really well. We were woken up by Tuis singing in the trees outside the garden and it was very quiet and peaceful being there. We walked around the garden a little and looked at all the huge trees. I highly recommend the cottage for a relaxing and comfortable stay. A home away from home! We will be back.

Charlotte, Auckland April 2018

Great stay. Cute little cabin, and the little pod was even cuter. Wonderfully clean and hidden away.

Andrew and friends ( Wellington) Easter 2018

Amazing farm and the cottage is beautiful! Loved being away from city centre in this little haven.

Yasmin Jan 2018

This was our second stay at the Homestead and everything about it was perfect. We are always sad to leave this beautifully landscaped, tranquil retreat. If you looking for a quiet escape, but still be close enough to enjoy an abundance of activities this is the place for you. It has comfortable, clean furnishings and a full stocked kitchen with great appliance and supplies. In addition to that, a really nice grill to cook out on. The master bedroom has a super comfortable, large bed. There is also a citrus orchard, greenhouse and chickens which the kids (and adults) can enjoy. Harmen and Barbara are such kind and helpful hosts who are there to help if you need them, but you still have your privacy. I would highly recommend Woodberry Farms to everyone! Thank you Harmen and Barbara! Kindest Regards, The Carrington Family Previously from Maryland USA, Now excited to be new Kiwi's 😁

Homestead 2018 Carrington Family 30 day stay

Thank you very much for the rental of your vacation home - we had a wonderful time. The house is very pleasant, attractive, clean, up-to-date, and well-organized. We had everything we needed. We especially enjoyed the privacy and the lovely indoor-outdoor living spaces. We enjoyed eating on the patio and using the decks. We hope it will be available for our future visits to Rotorua.

Patricia and Michael USA 30 day stay Jan/Feb 2018

We had a great stay, the property had so much to offer and is an excellent place for kids.

Daniel and family January 2018

A great base from which to visit the area.

M Wan Jan 2018 " The Studio"

Thank you for allowing us to stay at your beautiful property and being able to bring our horse, you have an amazing property, the kids loved it.

Family Davies Auckland Jan2018

The stay was great. A big house with the all the equipment you need and a nice area around the house for staying outside for dinner or chilling. It is a really a good place to be and discover the region!!!

"The Hub" Bern Schwap and family Germany, January 2018

"A very warm family house surrounded by beautiful garden"

Jing Lee and Max Jan 2018

Really tidy place and well equipped. It was in great condition and is secluded while still being not too far from Rotorua town centre.

Family stayed in Homestead 2016

Very pleasant quiet surroundings. Perfectly situated for break away

Mayurika C 2016

Cute little spot. Nice attention to detail. We'd stay again (cottage)


The property was even better than the pictures. It was very quiet in a rural setting with beautiful gardens and a well equipped house. It was nicely furnished. We had a wonderful holiday there.

ronnie July 2017

Thankyou for the lovely welcoming presentation of your holiday house. The touch of Lavender in the ensuite so delightful ,the warmth we felt when we entered enveloped us , The rustic charm made us wish we were staying a little longer. Many Thanks Lyn griffiths , & Family.

Wellington Fam. Lyn Griffiths 17 June 2017

We loved our stay in the cottage . After getting over the initial shock of No TV found it really relaxing already have recommended it to others. Loved the deck by candlelight.

Juliane Kane Wellington april 2017

Hello, Thank you very much for our stay in your studio on Tuesday and Wednesday night. Your lovely accommodation was perfect to suit our needs whilst attending the Middle Earth orienteering event in Rotorua. If we're ever back for orienteering again, we'd love to return to your studio! Many thanks, Deborah

Ben and Deborah ( Auckland) April 2017

I just wanted to thank you for your hospitality. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to return to the Homestead when visiting Rotorua again. We were very comfortable and enjoyed the beautiful grounds/gardens very much! The kids loved it too!

Colleen and Alex USA Feb 2017

Beautiful place and very nicely presented would definitely recommend to others! We have left the $ in the lock box kind regards Dan

Dan and partner UK Jan. 2017

Lovely home set in a beautiful garden setting. Peaceful and yet close to Rotorua. Loved the window seat and verandahs. Highly recommended.

John and family Jan 2017

Beautiful home, spacious, clean and with a lovely garden. Well equipped kitchen, spare linen and outdoor play equipment were very useful. Very close to many attractions and very comfortable. Super great holiday home with a beautiful garden and excellent location.

Woraud family Jan 2017

Fantastic property with amazing gardens and surroundings. So quiet and private. Was perfect for our family Christmas break and so close to lots of great activities. We stayed in the Homestead which was beautiful and we loved the large living areas with 2 real wood fires! My little boys highlight was walking up through the gorgeous gardens to collect the oranges for the freshly squeezed juice for breakfast. perfect for Bucks Fizz on Christmas day! Great that there is an electric juicer provided!

Denise and family Auckland

Everything tidy and cosy. Great gardens Great fruits and water Great kitchen Handy location

Edwin and fam. Auckland Dec2016

We loved our stay at your property. It had a lovely feel to the place inside, was spacious and clean, and the gardens were beautiful. We enjoyed all the little details that had been thought of and all the amenities that had been provided, to make it a very comfortable and relaxing stay. If we ever have an opportunity to return to Rotorua, we would love to stay again, and its great that there is the option of booking the other two properties as well if we ever bring extended family with us too! Nicola and family

Nicola and family Australia Nov 2016

Very comfortable, spacious, well equipped home in a peaceful setting with beautiful gardens

Andrew and Family Auckland

We enjoyed our stay, loved the garden and layout of the homestead. We had a great time in Rotorua.

Michael, Heater and Caitlin, Melbourne Australia Dec 2016

It's was a wonderfull holiday thank u, lovely place

Scott and Bianca Australia

We enjoyed our stay very much thank you. The place was so warm with all the heating available. Beds were comfortable, all accessories were there even an hdmi cable! The property was beautiful and well thought out. We would happily stay here again perhaps in a couple years. Thank you once again Chris and Jen and kids

Auckland July 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! It was great. The photos on the website were reflective of the Studio. The children loved the Mezzanine bed!!! The Studio was compact, cosy and set in a beautiful setting. We loved being in the outdoors and loved the lake view when we ventured to the Falls and Rotorua Central. The instructions given with regards to finding the Studio and entering it were perfect. It was a great stay! It was fun! Thank-you for an enjoyable stay and the creation of great memories. When we're up for another Rotorua experience we'd definitely be keen to stay at the Studio again.

Steven and Susan Auckland June 2016

The Cottage was great - ideal location for me and well appointed, close enough to be handy but far away enough from Rotorua for some peace. Fabulous surroundings."

Kathryn Australia (mountain biking)

Hi Harmen and Barbara We had a great time staying at the Homestead, thanks very much. Made the most of our time in the Rotorua area, visiting a few places, but it was always nice to return each evening to your wonderful relaxing home. Very comfortable, spacious, well equipped home in a peaceful setting with beautiful gardens."

Andrew Australia

"The owner was super lovely and answered any questions immediately. Everything was dealt with promptly and there were no issues!": "Really tidy place and well equipped. It was in great condition and is secluded while still being not too far from Rotorua town centre."

Mazurka C ( Auckland)

Cottage: We had a great stay. The cottage is located in a charming garden, close to amnesties and tourist destinations. We spent a wonderful xmas there.

Clair Auckland

Very clean and well presented. Great location, close to city centre and a short drive from all the activities in town.

The Homestead is beautiful and the surroundings are so lush and green. It is well equipped and we had a very relaxing time. Although its location is not right in the city, it was easily accessible and a big plus is that it is in an area that we could not smell the sulphur in the air which is something we didn't think about when looking for accommodation in Rotorua. I highly recommend it as a great place to stay.

Vivi Wellington

Our stay at Woodberry Farm Homestead was very comfortable and relaxing. We enjoyed the design of the house and everyone had enough room to spread out and find their favourite place to be. It's far enough away from town to avoid the thermal aroma of Rotorua!

Adriane Auckland

Homestead: Great space, beautifully landscaped all around. Super close to everything we wanted in rotorua. Far enough to have loads of peace and quiet. Just a few minutes to the airport, seven minutes from Hells gate mud pools and sulphur spas. We cooked on the deck one night, should have done it earlier as this was the way to go. Big table great deck, new BBQ. We were only a group of three but easily could have been comfortable with four or five more.

Ricardo Auckland Dec 2015

The Homestead is a great place to stay. Beautiful, cozy house far enough out of town to have a perfect quiet getaway, yet only a short drive to all the local attractions. House was well prepared and comfortable. Kids enjoyed exploring and seeing the rabbits on the lawn in the evenings. Recommended place to stay.

NZ family of 5 Jan 2016

We had an excellent stay at Woodberry farm Homestead. All the details we needed to check in and find the property were very helpful.The property was beautiful and we had a very relaxing time there. It wasn't far too from Rotorua town. We definitely recommend and would happily revisit.

Auckland Jan 2016

Woodberry Cottage is a quaint, original small wooden, furnished, very clean and well maintained. It corresponds exactly to the pictures. The bed, is great, that is, the mattress neither too hard nor too soft - perfect for a restful sleep. The location is very quiet and secluded, about 8 Km from Rotorua - by car about 10 minutes We felt very comfortable..

Germany Jan 2016

"it was very nice and pleasant stay in the Homestead, very clean, spacious and tidy. Everything as described and better. No doubt, I will stay there again. Thank You. "

Auckland Dec 2015

Cottage: "We loved the simplicity and attention to detail in the cottage. The inside space had everything we needed (well, except sharp kitchen knives) and the outdoor space was nice too. The oranges made for great fresh squeezed juice in the morning and the hammock was fun. The bed was comfortable and although we didn't use the fire, it would be great in winter! "

Camille and Carl

A short email to thank you for the use of the Chalet over the last three nights, it was wonderful experience, and just what my wife and myself wanted. Again Thank You Jack

Jack New Zealand

Thanks so much for a fantastic stay, the weather wasn't to bad & made us relax which was just what the doctor ordered! We both had a great break & both loved your little cottage-fair to say we will be back!! Thanks so much

Saull and partner Auckland

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. You have a lovely little place there! I will think about any suggestions of improvements and let you know if I have any, at the moment though, I can't think of anything.

Cerys Auckland

Thank you so much for the lovely cottage in Rotorua. It was exactly what my soul needed after a busy start to the year, I kicked on to the south island after that to the Arthurs pass area and Queenstown. Thank you very much for the opportunity to stay there. Kind Regards, Ross

Ross Australia

Very good to deal with. Left us entirely alone which suited us perfectly Very pleasant quiet surroundings. Perfectly situated for break away from it all.

Richard Australia

What a beautiful place, we had a fantastic stay so hopefully will be back soon.

Ulrich and partner

We had a very nice stay thanks.


Cute little spot. Nice attention to detail. We'd stay again.

Mark and partner NZ

After a 5 week round trip in NZ it was a pleasure to stay in your cottage. It had a nice atmosphere, was clean and was fully equipped. Together with the nice location and your warm welcome, we had the ultimate holiday feeling. The location in the vicinity of the charming Rotorua was very convenient for us. In the near surroundings there are many activities to do. A convenient folder with different options is present in the cottage. The owner also gave us a good tip by recommending to book a direct flight from Rotorua to Sydney instead as from Auckland. We could also return our rental car in Rotorua, so this saved us valuable travelling time. The location of the cottage with respect to the airport is also very convenient. Harmen and Barbara thanks your warm hospitality!

Hendrik Jan and Sandra Netherlands

Gorgeous clean, tidy and very cute log cabin in fabulous private surroundings. A great getaway from our usual hectic , noisy auckland lives! Will be back! Thanks

Charlie, Auckland

The cabin is located in a very peaceful area and you look out onto a lovely lawn surrounded by well-established trees. Everything was clean and well presented. Location was very convenient - about 5 minutes from the airport and 15 into town. We had a great time visiting lakes, enjoying the lovely walks and mountain biking. Wouldn't hesitate to stay here again! Eric and Jess

Thank you for sharing with us this amazing place We thoroughly enjoyed , relaxed and appreciated it. The cottage is just perfect. We had a great, relaxing vacation Roy and Petrina


What a cracka wee place !! We needed a quick response as a wee family emergency required us to be in Rotorua at short notice - a bookabach search identified this wee gem ! After checking with via "contact the owner" we were totally satisfied with the outcome over a very busy time we were accommodated & our trip was made!! Regards John


Thank you for everything, we enjoyed our stray here, we where able to get some much needed rest! Beautiful place! Thanks, Moana


A peaceful and tranquil beautiful bach - we were able to get much needed rest. Carol


Great location and well maintained Highly recommend this place

Michael Yin Auckland

Lovely little place in a beautiful setting. You should definitely check out Lake Rotoiti and the Okere Falls Store. The cabin is relatively new and was very clean with wood paneling through out and well stocked with everything you'd need (including a coffee machine!). The bed was very comfortable. We enjoyed staying there a lot and were sorry we couldn't stay longer.

Matt McKenna Auckland

A beautiful cabin in a great location. Secluded, but with all the amenities you'd need close by. We'd love to come back soon!

Nick and Partner

We had a great stay. Thank you. Wish it could have been longer!!!

Matthew Freeman

What a wee gem ! Secluded but handy to Rotorua both the airport & the city ( add to this a boat ramp on the lake) We had a great stay at very short notice !! Thanks Harmen & Barbara - awesome place - awesome spot!!

We would like to send our many thanks for our one week stay in your lovely chalet in the unspoiled countryside outside Rotorua during our February 2009 trip to New Zealand. Your cottage is in a beautiful setting and we enjoyed the peace and tranquillity of the "all mod cons" rural stay. Fresh tomatoes from the greenhouse, and lemons and grapes from the orchard were much appreciated, as were the walks in the adjoining woods and to the top of the hill to see the views over the lake. Just a ten minute drive from Rotorua CBD and in a beautiful area of New Zealand.

We are a married couple who travelled to Rotorua from Canada. We thoroughly enjoyed the 3 weeks we spent at Woodberry cottage. The cottage was the perfect place to base ourselves while enjoying all the area has to offer. The beautiful location was private and quiet while still conveniently close to the city and all its attractions. The cottages amenities made our stay very comfortable while the rustic design and neighbouring orchard made for a unique experience. We would highly recommend Woodberry cottage to anyone seeking a relaxed, independent accommodation.

Curtis and Melissa, Alberta, Canada.

We would like to send our many thanks for our one week stay in your lovely chalet in the unspoiled countryside outside Rotorua during our February 2009 trip to New Zealand. Your cottage is in a beautiful setting and we enjoyed the peace and tranquillity of the 'all mod cons' rural stay. Fresh tomatoes from the greenhouse, and lemons and grapes from the orchard were much appreciated, as were the walks in the adjoining woods and to the top of the hill to see the views over the lake. Just a ten minute drive from Rotorua CBD and in a beautiful area of New Zealand.

Henry and Rose, UK

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