A Bountiful Harvest

I had a little nut tree. Nothing would it bear ..... but a silver nutmeg, and a golden pear.

Mar dhea!! (yeah right!!). Fat lot of good that would be for our home-baking and muesli!! We're happy to say that our very "normal" little walnut tree has yielded another bumper crop this year. The tree was lovingly planted by previous owner Sandra, and for the past 9 years we've maintained that love on a 100% organic basis. The nuts currently being harvested (and then dried) will be enjoyed throughout the new season by friends, family and lucky guests not only in our muesli and home-baked goodies, but, for the first time, perhaps in a liqueur as well. Sacre bleu!!!

Crankworx Comes To Rotorua

We seem to be having quite a few afternoons off lately! This one was spent at Skyline Rotorua's Gravity Park watching some of the world's best junior mountain bike riders take part in Crankworx. The 9 day event is the first of an international series that moves on to Les Gets, France, Innsbruck, Austria, and finally Whistler, Canada. Such events, of which there are many in Rotorua, are a real bonus for visitors, especially as they are invariably set in beautiful locations in the great outdoors.

Explore the central North Island from Mokoia Downs

Some pics from a walk up and down Mount Maunganui last weekend on an afternoon off. At less than an hours drive the Mount makes for a great day or half day trip from Mokoia Downs, and the walk itself combines some decent exercise with beautiful views. The beach is one of the best in New Zealand, which is saying something, and there are great cafes, bars and restaurants to enjoy while watching the world go by.

Other places within an hour or so of Mokoia Downs include Hamilton and Cambridge, Hobbiton, Tauranga, Taupo and Whakatane, making us a great base for exploring the rest of central North Island as well as the Rotorua area.

Fruit Wars At Mokoia Downs Lead To Howls Of Anguish And A Referral To Local Mediation Service

Despite the fact that the democratically expressed wish expressed by the majority of past guests favoured the micro-distillery as the destination for for our first blackberry crop, the heinous Teresa stole out in the middle of the night to nick the fruit for guest smoothies. Words fail me, so mediation is now ongoing so that the trouble and strife can be sorted! At least our father and daughter guests from Germany, Kai and Anneke, seem oblivious to the ongoing fruit wars at Mokoia Downs!

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B&B Conundrums

1] Free Range Eggs - rumours that at least one of our hens has been taking steroids to secure a competitive advantage are unfounded and strenuously denied. It is acknowledged, however, that the performance variation is outside of normal parameters and so we have referred the matter for independent arbitration. We pledge that all communication of the outcome of this process will be 100% open, honest and transparent!

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2] First ever crop of blackberries at Mokoia Downs. Negotiations are currently ensuing over whether they're destined for the kitchen or micro-distillery! Please feel free to express a preference.

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New photos of "indie" cinema improvements

Some more of the photos we had taken recently. These are of our upgraded "indie" cinema, now with fitted kitchen, bathroom, curtain to cover the dance mirror, and fab movie posters (necessarily hung by a professional due to my incompetence!). A great facility now much used by our guests, and also the scene of some fun nights off with friends. Also included is an earlier photo of the cinema taken before the kitchen / bathroom additions. Outside the cinema there is a lovely patio and guest BBQ overlooking a spring-fed stream and the countryside beyond - a great place to catch the glorious sunsets that we get here in Rotorua.

Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice 2018 Awards for Mokoia Downs

We've recently received the following E Mail from Tripadvisor:

Mokoia Downs Estate B&B is a 2018 Travelers’ Choice Award Winner
Congratulations! You're a winner in the following categories:
Top 25 B&Bs and Inns — South Pacific
Top 25 B&Bs and Inns — New Zealand
Travelers' Choice awards are the highest honor TripAdvisor can give – meaning your business is truly exceptional. Based on reviews and opinions from millions of travelers, you're in the top 1% of hotels.

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These are our 6th successive Travelers' Choice awards, and this year we have been ranked 4th in New Zealand and 5th in the South Pacific (also includes Australia and Fiji) in the B&Bs / Inns category. Continuing to scale back the business and take fewer guests has allowed us to enhance what we offer, whilst also giving us many more days off to enjoy the best of this fabulous part of New Zealand.

As always huge thanks to all our guests who have taken the time and trouble to share their experience of Mokoia Downs with others online. Your efforts on our behalf are greatly appreciated

Rotorua makes New York Times list of "must visit" places in 2018

In our 8+ years in Rotorua we've seen this small city get busier and busier as international visitors from all over the world have arrived to experience the unique environment, beautiful landscapes and vibrant Maori culture. Now the New York Times has included Rotorua in its list of 52 "must visit" places around the world in 2018, the only part of New Zealand to make the list. A frequent winner of New Zealand's Most Beautiful City award, Rotorua continues to improve its offering to visitors and locals alike with the fabulous Eat Street, a weekly night market, stunning eco-friendly attractions, and, last but not least, some pretty awesome B&Bs!

For more information go to: 

https://www.nytimes.com/inter…/…/travel/places-to-visit.html

Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice 2017 Awards for Mokoia Downs B&B

We have just received the following E Mail notification from Tripadvisor:

"Mokoia Downs Estate B&B is a 2017 Travelers' Choice Award Winner
Congratulations! You're a winner in the following categories:
Top 25 B&Bs and Inns — South Pacific
Top 25 B&Bs and Inns — New Zealand
Travelers' Choice awards are the highest honor TripAdvisor can give – meaning your business is truly exceptional. Based on reviews and opinions from millions of travelers, you're in the top 1% of hotels".

This is the fifth successive year we have won the award in these 2 categories and needless to say we're delighted. As we have scaled back the business a little in the last year in order to take more time off we weren't sure that we would get enough reviews to give us a chance this time, so a huge thanks from both of us to all our guests who have taken the time and trouble to share their experience of Mokoia Downs with others online. It's only 6 pm here, but time for a celebratory drink methinks!

Strawberry theft slows production of Mokoia Downs Moonshine!

The problem with running a micro-distillery at a B&B is that just when you need to ramp up production someone comes along and pilfers your raw materials. Hopefully this post will provoke howls of outrage around the world, thereby ensuring there will be no repetition of this heinous crime!!

Mokoia Downs micro-distillery launches new range of drinks

We marked the official start of summertime in NZ this month with the launch of our new fruit vodka drinks range. All are made with organically grown fruit either from our own orchard or from a neighbouring one. The initial range consists of gold kiwi fruit, feijoa, rhubarb, peach and mandarin vodka, with strawberry, lemon and blueberry soon to follow. Perfect as a shot on their own, or mixed with ice and tonic water, and all "on the house" for our guests. With 25 liqueur flavours from our micro-distillery as well, there's plenty of choice for everyone, and guests and friends alike can rest assured that the new range has undergone the same rigorous testing / sampling process as all our other drinks! With none of the congeners commonly found in commercially produced alcohol, Mokoia Downs Moonshine is almost medicinal in comparison!!