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Wonderful Place ... Wonderful Hosts

We booked with Shona and Brian for only one night and wish we could have stayed longer to get to know them better. So friendly and accommodating that we longed to spend more time at their beautiful home. The house is spectacular with beautiful views across the Southland countryside.                              

Our room was spacious, well furnished and very comfortable. Shona's breakfast was a masterpiece and more than fortified us to continue our travel. Again, had we known of the beauty of the area, the interesting aspects of nearby Gore and the welcome that awaited us, we would have spent more time at this lovely place!  

B & T Sodergren - Illinois USA

We only wish we could have stayed longer

My husband and I had a wonderful stay with Brian and Shona. Their home is beautiful and we really got a feel for life in New Zealand. They were so very helpful with all our inquiries about the area and the country. Shona is a great cook! You must ask her to cook you dinner if you stay there. We felt like family in their home. We only wish we could have stayed longer. I hope we can visit again soon.    

D & A Zoch - Houston Texas USA

The beauty of the home and the care extended to us surpasses anything

Brian & Shona McLennan have built a home that could be featured by any top magazine in the world. It is spectacular! It is spacious with several separate apartments within the home for guests. It is 5 STAR in every way! 

We included dinner with our stay and Shona served us a magnificient evening meal. The home cooked breakfast featured many choices.Gore seems to be a "secret" as we discovered the town, its amenities, and Hokonui Bed & Breakfast to be beyond our expectations. We highly recommend this B&B to everyone!

B & J Walsh  - Sebago USA

A Fabulous home with magnificent views

Lovely Hosts who made us feel at home and welcome.Amazing views out over farm land.Yes, this is a great choice and one night was not long enough! 

N & P Jones - NZ

Excellent! ... we will be back

The Hokonui Bed & Breakfast is a large modern home with privacy and very warm and friendly hosts Shona and Brian. The location is amazing, set on the edge of town with views across the valley. Our hosts went out of their way of help us enjoy every minute we spent in Gore. Brian spent hours taking us fly fishing as well as showing us his sheep dogs working. They also have horses so it was fun feeding them too.

Shona made sure that by the time we ate breakfast, we would not be hungry for lunch! with lots of options to suit our dietary needs. They served us wine from their well stocked cellar and seem to really enjoy spending time with guests. We felt like family

L & A Reoch - San Diego USA

Many thanks for a wonderful stay

The amazing view and great hospitality are something we will not forget. 

Fred & Tina - Holland

It was their hospitality that really clinched it for us

We stayed in B&B's for a month in Australia and New Zealand. Our stay in the home of Brian and Shona was far and away our best experience. Not only was their establishment immaculate and their meals a gastronomic delight, but it was their hospitality that really clinched it for us. Thank you for our wonderful visit, we hope to come back and stay a little longer!

Gregory and Deborah Barkhuizen - USA

A postcard view of Southland

Both Brian and Shona catered to us as if we were family with wonderful meals, immaculate rooms, computer usage, and companionship. We were part of a fly-fishing group and they both helped us with everything. Their farm is beautifully manicured with champion sheep dogs, horses, and of course sheep. Their home is away from the city where every gaze is a postcard view of Southland. Yet, we were very close to Gore for shopping and the rivers we fly-fished. 

Chris and Diane Travis – San Clemente USA

Great company and idyllic setting

We hate to leave after one night (only) of total comfort great company and idyllic setting. Special thanks for the sheep and dog show Brian.

Marty & Stephanie - Santa Fe USA

Their beautiful house and grounds are just wonderful

This is one of the best B & B’s we have ever experienced. My husband is a rail consultant and we travel all over NZ. Shona and Brian make you feel so welcome. Their beautiful house and grounds are just wonderful. We had the king suite and it was fantastic, so lovely and peaceful. If the cooked breakfast is anything to go by, we would definitely have the evening meal next time but unfortunately we arrived very late. Will be back and hopefully can stay longer.

Adrienne and Harvey Armstrong - NZ

We received the greatest hospitality

We received the greatest hospitality, slept in the most wonderful bed and enjoyed the best breakfast. We will return.   

Yomoto Family - Japan

Thank you so much

Thank you so much for the best time we had in New Zealand. We hope to come again.

Rony & Yael - Israel

Wonderful welcome

Wonderful welcome, lovely house and great quiet location.

Alessia & Alexandre - Belgium

We had a wonderful stay in a beautiful place

We had a wonderful stay in a beautiful place. THANK YOU.

Britt & Gianni - Italy

Felt like we were family

Best B & B ever – wonderful hospitality – felt like we were family. Lots of fishing advice from Brian and shopping advice from Shona. Lots of fish in the Mataura River – some more available to be caught than others. Very relaxing stay.  

Gould & Pauli Families - Whangarei NZ

Warm and intelligent hosts

Classy house and appointments. Warm and intelligent hosts. Thank you for a wonderful 2 nights stay in your gorgeous home.

Bill  & Cheryl - Auckland NZ