My Birthday at Magic Cottages, River Takou in New Zealand

I honestly don’t know where to even start on this one.

My 23rd birthday could not have been more perfect if it’d tried.

It began with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon at The Great Ponsonby Art Hotel and ended with Prosecco and peanut butter chocolate in a rose petal bath in the middle of paradise.

Get your Bucket List out and make notes…

Four days ago now, I landed in Auckland {New Zealand} to begin my 10 day itinerary with Tourism New Zealand, uncovering the beauty and adventure that the North Island has to offer.

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Just moments after landing, I had already dived head first into adventure with a 192m jump off the iconic Auckland Sky Tower. This was followed, the next day, by the departure for a 4-day road trip exploring the Northland {the bit above Auckland}.

Road trips, as you know, are my absolute favourite, so not only was I excited to get cracking… it had fallen on my birthday too!

A two and a half hour drive north from Auckland had us arrive in Paihia for midday. From here we had the most gorgeous combination of seafood and elderflower cocktails on the pier at Charlotte’s Kitchen, before hopping on the Hole in The Rock Dolphin Cruise around the Bay of Islands.

{More about both of those in another blog post}

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Now, onto the bucket lister + the absolute slice of heaven on earth.

Are you ready?

Located a 30 minute drive north of Paihia, we arrived to the absolute bliss of River Takou, where Ian and Ana have created the most beautiful collection of riverside retreats.

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Our lodge was secluded in the forest by the river, with no sound or distraction in sight but the odd splash of a fish and the birds in the trees. I cannot explain how calming, peaceful and restorative our stay was.

I fell asleep to one of the clearest, starriest skies I’ve ever seen in my life {so much so, the first glance made me tear up}, and I woke to the sound of the birds and the colours of a perfect sunrise peeping through our tent.

I was snap-happy and pumped with adrenaline from the moment I set foot in our dreamland, until the very moment I left, but I’ve got to let the visuals do the talking on this one…

My Magic Cottage Essentials…

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ARE YOU IN LOVE? I’M IN LOVE.

If you fell in love through the photos as much as I think you will have… then add it to your bucket list and get yourself booked into this paradise.

Magic Cottage Accommodation have a few lodges to choose from, along with the glamping we opted for.

You can see all the options and get in contact here.

Thank YOU guys for reading <3

Love as always + happy adventuring,

Mollie x

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  • Happy birthday! This looks like such a gorgeous way to celebrate and is 100% on my bucketlist now. That bath <3 having a bubble bath at home will never feel the same now! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

    • thank you lucy!!! ah it was so so perfect – 100% get it on your bucket list 🙂 xxx

  • Sophie Davis

    This looked bloody insane! Hope you had a good birthday! xx

    • AH it was just the best. Couldn’t have wished for a better birthday <3