Reviews

We loved our stay here! Nestled between the trees in Tairua, Sunlover's cosy lounge room and elegant bedrooms open out to a huuuuuge and beautiful deck. We spent most of the afternoon reading in the sun, listening to the birds and enjoying the peace and quiet.

Angie, New Zealand

"If anyone is looking for a romantic getaway or an amazing Celebrant, I would 100% recommend staying with Donna and Chris at the Sunlover Retreat & Celebrant by the Sea in Tairua. Their Bed and breakfast are absolutely stunning and you're treated as part of the family. Donna Brooke was our celebrant for our special day and words cannot explain how amazing she was, both her and her Husband Chris went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we wanted for our special day and not only did they help make our dreams come true they made our family feel so comfortable and relaxed... specially our boys. Sunlover Retreat is one of our favorite places in New Zealand. Thanks Donna and Chris from the bottom of our hearts."

Amanda and Lemuel, New Zealand

Heaven on Earth This is a fantastic place to unwind and has the ultimate elevated views of the coastline. Donna and Chris are perfect guests and make your stay so individualised by responding to your needs- for example Donna put on the outside lights when she noticed we were coming back after dark, Donna brought in a kids table and chair set for our 13 month old boy. We've been back to stay 4 times and we wouldn't stay anywhere else in the Coromandel now.

YoungDoctor, New Zealand

Girls weekend in paradise ;) From the minute we opened the door to this beautiful home our shoulders relaxed, faces lit up and we new we were in for a relaxing, indulgent two nights in paradise. This place is exceptional! The view, the daybed, the cheese platter, the hot tub, the amazingly comfortable beds, the list goes on. Thank you Chris and Donna we loved it all ;)

Sophie345, New Zealand

Stunning Sunlover retreat is absolutely amazing, from the views, accomodation, home made bread to the awesome hosts Donna and Chris, they are so welcoming and make things as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Loved the new add on options of the plater and wine, such a nice touch. It’s the 2nd time staying there and I’m sure we will be coming back for many years.

Goodinlife, New Zealand

Sunlover retreat is AMAZING! We escaped from Whitianga (staycation in Tauira) for the weekend to have some much needed RnR. The property is absolutely beautiful - with floor to ceiling windows and stunning views of Tairua. We enjoyed a bottle of bubbles on arrival and listened to the Beetles on the record player ( lots of amazing records to choose from!) We enjoyed a hot spa and watched the stars! Donna is the most lovely and thoughtful host. She really thought of everything.. she supplied lots of fresh fruits and homemade sourdough ( which was to die for!)

Maree, New Zealand

"We stayed for 3 fabulous nights and loved every minute. Chris and Donna are warm and welcoming hosts who made us feel at home in their fantastic house. The breathtaking views across the estuary from the balconies are incredible, watching the birds in the sunshine is a delight and there is a huge sitting room to relax in. From here you can explore hot water beach, sailors grave beach and all of the Coromandel peninsular. It's perfect!"

Brighton & Hove, United Kingdom

Spent two nights at Sunlover as part of our 3 week trip to NZ and wish we had stayed longer. Chris & Donna made us very welcome, the accommodation was 1st class and the views stunning. Would definitely stay there again if we come back to NZ - 5 out of 5.

Ruth and Mervyn

This is one of the nicest places I have ever stayed. Wonderful views very comfortable accommodation run by delightful people. Chris and Donna made us so welcome in their lovely home, every comfort had been thought of, a beautiful residents lounge with fridge AND ice machine for the G&Ts, home made biscuits lovely bath soaps and gels swimming towels and even strong 50 factor sun screen so that our fair English skin did not burn.

Philippa, United Kingdom

"We had a superb view from our bedroom and sitting room. The bedroom was very comfortable and bathroom facilities excellent. Donna and Chris made us so welcome and we enjoyed our chats over breakfast. Donna cooked a very tasty breakfast for us with eggs from their chickens, cured bacon from the local butcher and fresh homemade bread. Recipes for the bread, muesli, yoghurt and Anzac biscuits were available for us to take home."

Angela, United Kingdom

We spent 3 nights at this absolutely wonderful B and B. Everything was superb - stunning views, beautiful room with en-suite, delicious breakfasts, excellent advice on where to go and see. One of the best places that we stayed in New Zealand. We loved Rover the dog too and enjoyed taking such a well-behaved pet for a walk. Thank you Donna and Chris

JerseyPearl2015, United Kingdom

We had two wonderful days at Sunlover Retreat at Tairua. Donna and Chris are two extremely lovable people, who have supported us in every way. The accommodation, breakfast and the view from the terrace are fantastic. We would love to come back anytime! Thanks Donna, thanks Chris Marion and Rolf from Bünde,

Marion and Rolf, Germany

We have just spent a wonderful 3 nights at the Sunlover Retreat. This has to be the best accommodation we have stayed in during our 7 weeks of travelling through Australia and New Zealand. Staying with Donna, Chris and Rover (plus the chickens and Mint & Sauce - the sheep

Karen, United Kingdom

One word - Stunning! Well some other words as well; welcoming, friendly, informative, delicious. No-one, but no-one, would not love this beautiful place with its lovely hosts. It’s also a great base from which to see the gorgeous Coromandel region

Simon

We stayed here for 2 nights towards the end of our 4 week holiday in New Zealand. This is a very special B & B, which we will hold in our hearts. Donna & Chris are fantastic hosts & make you feel more than welcome, not too mention Rover, their ever so friendly dog. It was an awesome experience to wake up in the morning to the amazing view overlooking Tairau & the bay.

Ann

The best B&B we have ever stayed in. Gorgeous location, superb accommodation, with delicious breakfasts. What more could one ask for. Every detail first class. A visit- if you can book one- is a must! Thank you Donna Read less

Bishop

We stayed here for 2 nights during our tour of NZ. What a find. Donna & Chris made us feel like members of the family in their beautiful home. The room, the breakfast & the views were all perfect. You can even have a bath gazing at the stars!!

Judith

When we walked in through the front door we were greeted by a fantastic view of the estuary and Tairua town and we felt that ‘wow’ factor. This continued through the rest of our stay. The rooms were beautifully presented

Jane

Together with another couple we spent 2 wonderful days at the Sunlover Retreat where owners Donna and Chris made everything possible to make our stay memorable

Vita

Sunlover Retreat was our first stop on our New Zealand holiday and it is hard to imagine we will stay anywhere better during our travels. Having a whole level just for guests works really well. The views are amazing as are the bedrooms and lounge

BJ

We stayed at several hotels and b&b’s during our tour of New Zealand. They were all good but this was the pick of the bunch. The rooms are excellent with a big balcony and exceptional views. Also very welcome was the comfortable lounge area, tea & coffee making facilities and use of a fridge & freezer.

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