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Luxury & Style on the Hokianga

Everyone deserves a little bit of luxury...

Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or traveling New Zealand on vacation, Marriner's understated style and serene environs are a welcome and well deserved change from the ordinary. With the Hokianga Harbour offering some of the best weather conditions in New Zealand you can enjoy the elegant appointments, spectacular sunsets over the water, fine wines and restaurant quality home cooked meals of Marriner's Boutique Guesthouses all year round.

Located  just 4 hours drive North of Auckland, or 60 minutes drive from the Bay of Islands Airport,

the town of RAWENE is the perfect jumping off point for destination day trips throughout the Northland region - including Cape Reinga, 90 Mile Beach and Doubtless Bay to the North; Waitangi and Russell to the East; and Omapare, Opononi and the Waipoua Forest to the West...

"Spend a night or two at Marriner's Boutique Guesthouses, where host Robyn serves high-quality, home-cooked dinners in your beautifully appointed guest suite with views out to the harbour. We were treated to Sri Lankan prawns with roti and fresh salad with limes from the garden, a Goan fish curry with fluffy rice and chutneys, followed by a decadent homemade vanilla almond and cinnamon ice cream with dark chocolate and espresso sauce. We loved the extra personal touches in the suite, including candles, fresh coffee beans and grinder, an espresso pot, Sky TV and Netflix, which made it feel like a home away from home."

- Stephanie Holmes, Travel Editor, New Zealand Herald.

"Robyn's offering optimised the concept of "manaakitanga" - taking care, showing generosity and giving hospitality to others. The guest house is delightful, the food was sublime and the hospitality superb.

We can thoroughly recommend this property."

- David  (NZ)

"A deep-hearted and very friendly hostess. The view from the beautiful terrace over the [water] was fantastic.

The furnishings are hand-picked and exceptionally high quality - the grounds very consistent and kept in a rather Mediterranean style. Everything was classy, perfect and like from "Beautiful Living" down to the last detail. 

Boutique style is definitely accurate. Perfect for couples.."  

-  Rudi (Germany)

"The hostess with the mostest, Robyn, is a beautiful, intelligent and compelling maître d'hotel. She has a great eye for design which means the rooms are tasteful, inviting and still cosy. I wish I had had more time to spend there.

The property is perfectly located to visit some beautiful, off the map places.

I'd go back and stay just for Robyn, her cooking and the sunset. Yes, I liked it."

- Jan (NZ)

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The LOTUS GUESTHOUSE is a gorgeous, fully appointed and self-contained accommodation for up to 2 guests - with stunning sunset views from a private deck; a 4 poster queen size bed; an additional daybed;

a television with SkyTV and Chromecast; Bose SoundTouch wireless music system; a large, en suite bathroom with a claw-foot bathtub and an overhead shower; a small kitchen with a fridge, kettle, toaster, stove-top range, and a microwave and a bench-top oven; and a full dinner setting for up to 4. 

There is no minimum booking for the Lotus Guesthouse and guests may order dinner most nights by prior arrangement.

The VIOLA STUDIO is a delightful, free-standing, companion accommodation to the Lotus Guesthouse.

It comes with a wrought iron queen size bed; an en-suite bathroom with a double shower;

a small TV with built-in DVD player and Chromecast; a Bose SoundTouch wireless music system; 

a small fridge, electric kettle, microwave and a toaster; and crockery/cutlery for 2.

Only available to book WITH the Lotus Guesthouse.


Ask us about our corporate rates!

"[The Viola Studio] was a welcome retreat during our visit to the Hokianga.

It is a very stylish, carefully curated and romantic place with a nod to the history of the village.

Everything was very clean and tidy. We especially loved the double shower! "

- Michele (NZ)


"The Lotus Guesthouse is just as stylish and well-appointed as it looks in the online photos, beautifully designed and with a great location just a few minutes' walk from Rawene's lovely Boatshed Cafe.

The [Lotus] is roomy and airy, with high ceilings and lots of storage space, yet warm and snug in winter."

- Helen (NZ)

"The [Viola] studio is a wonderfully romantic place to stay. Exquisitely styled with an awesome shower.

We loved staying in this small but perfectly formed studio space."

- Kirsty (NZ)

"The [Lotus] was perfect, with plenty of room, gorgeous furnishings, privacy and an amazing outlook.

I will definitely stay again.​"

- Lisa (AUS)

​"The [Lotus] feels like a castle with its extremely well curated interior that leaves no detail to arbitrary choices.

It offers lots of privacy while keeping the great fjord view open, and the artwork is befitting and follows a coherent scheme. 3 course dinner served in the in-room dining area rounded off this perfect getaway in a picturesque,

vintage harbour village."

- Max (NZ)



In-Room Dining Service in The Lotus Guesthouse

For an additional cost we also offer several healthy and exciting  dinner menu options for guests staying in the LOTUS GUESTHOUSE ONLY.


Cooking In The Lotus Guesthouse

The Lotus Guesthouse has a well equipped, apartment style kitchen with dinner service for up to 4.

Tea & Coffee

Both the Lotus Guesthouse and The Viola Studio come with a selection of complimentary herbal & loose leaf teas & freshly ground coffee.

Local Dining & Food

The Boatshed Café  

Enjoy breakfast or lunch literally on the water from 8:30am to 3:00pm - and it is licensed!

Hokianga Takeaways

Open seven days a week from 11:00 am to 8:45 pm - the best fish and chips on the harbour!

A New Era Cafe

Open 7 days for breakfast and lunch.

Call 09.404.7520 for reservations and hours.

Rawene Food Mart

Located next to the ferry ramp the market is open from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM every day and has fresh vegetables, groceries, snacks, beer & wine, and any other basic needs.

"Robyn was a fabulous host and made us the best fish curry for dinner.

Would definitely head back to Robyn's beautiful villa accommodation. 10/10!"

- Jenni (NZ)


"Our host Robyn spoiled us with her fabulous gourmet meals.

It was the best accommodation and experience we had during our trip..."

- Lisa (AUS)

"Every little detail was thought of and the absolutely delicious food that Robyn prepares is wonderful.

To be truly hosted is a rare thing these days - highly recommend"

- Fiona (NZ)

"We had a dinner cooked by Robyn and it was fantastic -

she is a dedicated chef and takes great pride in looking after her guests..." 

- Biffo (GB)


Both accommodations share a courtyard with magnificent harbour views.
Spoil Yourself

Candles, natural soaps & toiletries are complimentary


Both accommodations offer queen size beds with 100% cotton sheets

& a choice of pillows

Showers & Baths

The Lotus Guesthouse has a shower over a claw-foot bathtub.

The Viola Studio has side-by-side showers for 2.


Both guesthouses come with a small Bose stereo with Bluetooth to connect  to your phone or computer 

Free Wifi

Free, high-speed internet access is available in both guesthouses & the courtyard


There is free, off-street parking for up to 2 cars


Your guesthouse is cleaned daily or as requested



"A vehicle and passenger ferry sails between Kohukohu and the colourful town of Rawene, just across the harbour. Your first stop should be the Boatshed Cafe, perched on the water, with an excellent menu from morning to night. We enjoyed brunch and great coffee, then left laden with homemade chutney and sweet treats to go.

Wander around town and call into the eclectic mix of galleries and stores, like Oh Studio and Simply Fun, before visiting another Heritage New Zealand property, Clendon House. Here, you'll find out more about the house's formidable first lady, Jane Clendon. Of Hokianga Maori descent, Clendon raised eight children solo in this modest home after her husband, ship owner and trader Captain James Reddy Clendon died, leaving her with massive debts."


- Stephanie Holmes, Travel Editor, New Zealand Herald.

"At first glance, Rawene looks like a sleepy one street small town- it has three churches alone on the main  street(these must compete for congregations!) but it is surrounded by water everywhere and the interplay of light, sky, flora and fauna is very attractive. We enjoyed sitting at the Boatshed Cafe and looking at the water, but what also made Rawene special for us is our accommodation. Our room wasn't just clean and comfortable - it had style, a lovely view of the garden and the water and the residential cats came visiting (they were the cute but shy and quiet type ,so no worries there). We spent a lot of time just reading or walking..."

- Reinhold (DE)

Enjoy the Weather

Rawene & The Hokianga Harbour enjoy one of the best, if not the best, climates in the country.  


Marriner's Guesthouses are located about 10 minutes walk from the center of Rawene...

Take a Picture

Enjoy picturesque views of the Hokianga Harbour from the Rawene foreshore 

Take in the History

While small, the town is one of the oldest in New Zealand & has several interesting historical buildings

Arts & Crafts

Rawene has excellent selection of craft shops, galleries &  collectables stores

Take a Walk

The Mangrove Walk offers an insight into local history while you get up-close & personal with these remarkable trees 

Take the Ferry

The car ferry from Rawene to Kohukohu runs every hour on the half. The last boat to Rawene is  @ 8:00pm

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