Monthly Archives: April 2010

Cutterscove Resort Apartments – Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty

Where: Cutterscove Resort Apartments, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand

When: 23 – 25 April 2010

Who: My husband, our two-year-old daughter and me

Why: Babymoon – our last holiday as a family of three

Accommodation Details: We stayed in Apartment 209 on the second floor – a two-bedroom luxury apartment overlooking the pool complex.

The kitchen is modern and attractive, but perhaps not as functional as one might hope an apartment kitchen would be. This particular kitchen is equipped for two adults, in my opinion. For example, the casserole dish and the two small pots provided aren’t big enough to cook portions that will feed a family of four or two couples. I also found the bench configuration rather awkward. I only mention this because apartments are generally rented out for longer holidays and perhaps the lack of functionality in the kitchen would prove frustrating over time.

The lounge and dining areas are large, comfortable and modern. Both areas have large sliding doors that lead out to a private balcony that overlooks the tropical garden and pool complex. The lounge has a decent-sized LCD television and stereo system. The dining area has a gorgeous dining suite, which quite frankly made me nervous to eat at with our messy two-year-old: fabric-covered chairs and carpet under the table is a disaster waiting to happen 🙂

There are two bathrooms in the apartment: the ensuite bathroom has a shower over a spa bath, vanity and toilet; and the main bathroom has a shower, vanity and toilet. The underfloor heating was a real luxury on these chillier autumn mornings.

The bedrooms are located down hallways well away from the main living areas, so they are quiet and private. I absolutely loved the walk-through wardrobe between the master bedroom and the ensuite bathroom: it meant no clutter in the bedroom. There are TVs in both bedrooms – a LCD on the wall in the master bedroom, and a regular tube television mounted in the wardrobe in the spare bedroom.

Things To Do:

Gallery: Click on a thumbnail to enlarge picture and view description.

The Verdict: Apartment 209 is a decent-sized apartment that gets the sun all day. It is modern and comfortable, but perhaps more suited to a family with older children or two couples, as opposed to a young family. The resort seems to have a nicer outlook than most of the other apartment buildings along Marine Parade which appear to look onto other apartment buildings (unless you have a seaview apartment). Cutterscove apartments overlook an attractive tropical garden and pool complex or the Mount beach. It’s just the right distance away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD (2.5 km away) and you need only cross the road to get to the gorgeous white-sand beach.

Just a word of warning: if you value your privacy, then a pool-facing ground-floor apartment won’t suit you. Other guests in the pool complex can see right into the ground-floor courtyards, and – unless you draw your curtains all day – the master-bedroom and living areas as well. However, if you are a family that will be going in and out of the pool-complex all day, then perhaps it would be worthwhile to sacrifice a bit of privacy for convenience.

Helpful Links: Mount Mainstreet; NZ Tourism Guide – Mount Maunganui; Wikipedia – Mount Maunganui


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Just Paradise – Kuaotunu, Coromandel

Where: Just Paradise, Kuaotunu West, Coromandel, New Zealand

When: February 2006 and March 2007

Who: Extended family

Why: Check out the gallery and you’ll see why… this place really is “Just Paradise”. My husband proposed to me here!

Accommodation Details: Just Paradise is a beautiful two-story, 5 bedroom holiday home that sleeps 10. There are 4 bedrooms on the lower level and a large loft upstairs. The kitchen is large and functional, with all the conveniences of home. The adjoining open-plan dining and lounge area are comfortable and will easily accommodate larger groups. The view is magnificent: guests look out over the saltwater, solar-heated infinity pool to Rings Beach and beyond.

The owners live in separate quarters upstairs; however, the holiday accommodation is still completely private and you won’t even know your hosts are on the premises.

Things To Do:

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The Verdict:

Kuaotunu is a little off the beaten track, while still being handy enough to Whitianga and Coromandel Town. It is also an ideal starting point for exploring other parts of the Coromandel Peninsula such as Hot Water Beach, Hahei and Cathedral Cove. It’s safe, white sandy beaches are perfect for swimming, snorkelling and fishing. It truly is paradise here, which is why we’ve stayed twice and intend to stay again!

Helpful Links: Mercury Bay Online; Coromandel Regional Information; Tourism Coromandel;

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