|Questions and Answers
M14615 is an remarkable place to visit, beautifully appointed rooms overlooking the bay plus amazing hospitality and food.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
We have been in business for over 8 years with Kawau Lodge. We had been in the hospitality industry for a number of years combining the operation of a yacht chartering business and boutique B&B in Auckland while still managing a tyre retailing business.
One day, on an impulse, Dave, tired of spending hours in the car commuting through Auckland traffic, decided there had to be a “better way to live – away from the rat race”. We spotted an ad for the North Cove property in the real estate pages of the local newspaper, fell in love with the view – and the rest is history.
We thought wouldn’t it be wonderful to wake up everyday to that view, so we came over to the island to have a look, bought the property, sold our house and business in town – job done. We’ve been here for eight years now, and haven’t regretted the change for a moment.
2. What is your company's mission?
To provide our guests with an experience they will never forget.
3. What does your company specialize in?
Qualmark four star bed and breakfast accommodation plus all meals are provided using local and home grown products, we practice eco friendly practises. We personally collect our guests and bring them across to the island onboard our 28’ boat, showing them the highlights of the island on the journey across. Once at the lodge they can go kayaking, boating, paddleboarding, walking or just sit back and relax
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
Owner operators, Dave & Helen Jeffery. We have both worked in corporate lives previously and also Dave owned his own tyre retailing business for 17 years.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
Our weekend get-a-way package. Kawau Island is only an hours drive north of the city of Auckland and a 30 minute boat ride out to Kawau Island. Close to a major city but in only an hour and a half, guests can be in paradise. Great place to start or end a holiday.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
Had an enjoyable time with get hosts and the beautiful surroundings of M14615. The food was great and the weather was fantastic. No hesitation in recommending a stay here with Dave and Helen. Simon & Anne (Auckland).