Guest Book


"Never had we dreamed that we could stay in such a cozy and wonderful Inn. We instantly realised that the Peace and Plenty Inn is a sophisticated place when we stepped into it".

Shiro & Joeko, Japan - June 2016


"The Peace and Plenty is definately the best place throughout our 2 week honeymoon journey in NZ. Thank you Judy and we love Cooper - "good boy".

Ken & Aileen, Hong Kong - March 2016


"So different to the usual bland beige and brown rooms - we loved it! Gorgeous house and breakfast".

Pat & Bruce, UK - March 2016


"Many thanks for a lovely stay. This hotel certainly lived up to its name"..

Linda & Kris - February 2016


"Gorgeous home - it was a privilege to stay. Thank you Judy and your team".

Steve & Colleen - December 2015


"What an amazing place. Every detail catered for including lavender fragrance up the path, the most beautiful rooms, what a treat for us - thank you".

Dannelle a& Allen - March 2015


"A wonderful afternoon tea experience - thoroughly enjoyed it and we were looked after perfectly! Thank you!"

Wendy, Karen & Rhian - April 2014


"A spectacular night at Peace & Plenty. Delicious food, beautiful owner Judith, cutest little puppy in Cooper and spectacular building & entrance. Similar to my fellow Celts, we were close to moving to NZ in the 1970's. We stayed in Wales and often wondered. I's gorgeous."

Derek & Rhian Rotz - Oregon, USA - 01/03/14


"Thank you for such a relaxing stay. My father never made it to NZ but wanted to visit the place 'most like Wales' in the Southern Hemisphere. I'm pleased to say he wouldn't have been disappointed. As he'd say in the Clwydes 'Didlih yu faur'."

Augharad & Justin - UK - 28/02/14


"What a delightful start to our New Zealand adventure! Lovely rooms, charming decor, wonderful breakfast! Cute dog! Thank you Judy!"

Paula & Chuck Hallau, Leanne & Ron Harvieaux - Minneapolis, USA - 23/01/14


"What a beautiful house! Just loved all the gorgeous details and you and Cooper Judy! Thank you so much! We will be back!"

Thomas & Emily Hamilton - Christchurch, NZ - 19/01/14


"From ex-pat Brits Thank you so much the attention to detail is stunning. And excellent room & breakfast!"

Gill & Bob Sweetman - Bouillac, France - 17/01/14


"Thank you for a lovely visit. We enjoyed sharing your historic home."

Doug Call & Susan Warwick - North Carolina, USA - 11/11/13


"Thank you for your hospitality Judy. Wonderful to be in such beautiful surroundings."

Liza & Edward Sparrow - Christchurch - 02/11/13


"Thank you for making our honeymoon so amazing!"

Melina & Pablo Jose - Argentina - 11/04/13


"Again Judith your service is great; second time here & will be back a third time. You are the perfect host and nothing was too much trouble. Best regards."

Nick & Becki - Sydney/Canberra - 10/03/13


"Just perfect. Look forward to returning one day."

Jill & Brian - St Peter Port - 14/02/13


"Highly recommended to us and we'll pass on the recommendation highly."

Nicky & Reg Haslam - Cheshire, England - 05/12/12


"If this is heaven, I'm turning to religion!!"

Anne & Barry Warden - 19/09/12


"Amazing furnishings. So much charm and character!! Thank you so much Judy and Stan."

Sian & Joel - Auckland - 27/04/12


"Pure indulgence, beautiful place! Thanks so much Judith for your wonderful hospitality. Love to you and Stan."

Michelle & George Westerman - Whakatane, NZ - 24/03/12


"Beautiful rooms and accommodations! Wonderful breakfasts. Thank you!"

John & Beverly Gentle - USA - 10/12/11


"Thank you very much for this lovely place to stay. The garden in wonderful, the breakfast delicious and we felt very 'home'.

Barbara and Vallmar Drill - Berlin, Germany - 29/11/11


"Loved the hospitality. The atmosphere was great. Nice and peaceful. Will be back with friends."

Nick & Kathy Danis - Sydney - 06/08/11


"My daughters and I enjoyed 'tea' on Mother's Day. It was a gorgeous spread of food amidst a wonderful antique settting. Thank you."

Iranganie - 08/05/11


"A thoroughly delightful stay at Peace & Plenty. Such a gorgeous property, attentive & knowledgeable staff and naturally - Judy & Stanley - such a combination. Devonport is such a civilised place whilst capturing the historic elements of NZ. You're so lucky. Thank you for the experience.

Chris & Kaye Greene - Victoria, Australia - 04/04/11



"Beautiful location; gracious & generous hospitality. Fantastic & filling breakfast! Thank you! So glad we found your B&B!!"

Richard & Susan Beach 'Life's A Beach' - Santa Cruz, CA - 21/02/11


"Absolutely wonderful. You have set us up perfectly for our NZ trip! Thank you."

Sarah & Roger Wilshire - Norfolk, UK - 10/02/11


"Thank you so much for a fantastic stay. We loved the room, food and people! Good laughs all round and Bella will miss Stanley loads!"

Kate & Brandon Spear - Palmerston North - 08/12/10


"What a wonderful start to our first NZ trip. Thank you Judy: you'll be a hard act to follow!!"

Liz & Dave Rose - Bampton - 26/10/10


"Staying here in the Peace & Plenty was a very good start to our New Zealand holidays. We loved it! Thanks to Judy!"

Ruth Sawyer - Germany  - 04/10/10


"Second time we've stayed. Very special place - thanks!

Caroline & Richard Orr - 25/09/10


"Amazing rooms. Thanks a lot"

Marie Shintaku - Hiroshima, Japan - 09/09/10


"Thank you so much for providing a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives."

Mike & Mel Johnston - Auckland - 27/08/10


"Enchanting & gorgeous spot! Thank you so much for wonderful hospitality... and warm welcomes from Stanley!"

Nicole Auderson - Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam - 11/08/10


"It's been a pleasurable and relaxing stay! So authentic and warm."

Catherine Cooper & Joseph Roque - Auckland - 16/07/10



"Felt like royalty in the Windsor Room! - Very Professionally run B&B"

Julie & Peter Beauchaup - Fielding - 21/06/10

"Lovely B&B, Judy and Stanley were so friendly, breakfast was phenomenal!!! Wonderful Stay"

Jacqui & Paul Mathews - Australia/NZ - 21/06/10

"We had an amazing time! Thanks so much"

Noah & Amy Hensley - USA - 08/06/10

"Thank you for all of your help and hospitality.  The wedding was wonderful - everything we had hoped for!"

Meredith & Aaron - Denver USA - 27/05/10

"To walk in to a wonderful warm environemt such as this is such a rare gift.  We felt at home at once.  Judy has the rare gift of ease and effortless efficiency.  Thank you."

Joanne & Rocco - 25/05/10

"We will definitely be back.  Loved it.  Breakfast and everything was just perfect.  Look forward to the famous Victorian High Tea!"

Phil & Lindsey Alexander - Keri Keri NZ - 24/05/10

"My mother my sister and I bathed in a feeling of real peace and plenty with Judy and stanley for 2 days,a real highlight being the Victorian Tea which was the original reason for going there.This bed and breakfast Inn was a wonderful discovery for us and I can only urge anyone traveling to Auckland to check it out,a place for a really special occasion or just to spend a few days away to get away from it all,we are still feeling the afterglow!!!!!"

Kath - Ashburton NZ - 14/05/10

"First look at The Garden Room at Peace and Plenty Inn decided our stay for the next 2 nights. Luxurious surroundings inside and out, mixed with the service and care provided by host, Judy made time spent with my sister and mother, most memorable. Delicious breakfast and The Mother's Day Victorian Afternoon Tea were beautifully presented and enjoyed. Well done to Judy and her staff and thanks for the privilege."

Kathryn Mary - Opotiki NZ - 12/05/10

"Mothers Day Tea - FABULOUS"

Jenn Avey - NZ - 09/05/10

"Gorgeous tropical garden, lovely stylish room and a warm, attentive and charming host"

McDuff - Dunedin - 02/05/10

"Judy was a fabulous hostess! Since there were 10 of us traveling in our group it seemed like a lot for her to accommodate but she did it with a smile and made sure to chat with each of us. The breakfasts were fabulous!! She makes the best granola anywhere in the world! We would stay here in a heartbeat if we are lucky enough to make it back to this side of the world again!! Loved Stanley the dog too ;)"

Guest from Caledonia, Michigan - 22/05/10

"THE BEST BREAKFAST & MUESLI EVER!  Beautiful and peaceful place to spend a honeymoon in and AWESOME service.  Thank you!"

Eden & Destiny Fruean - Papakura NZ - 05/04/10

"Thank you for a lovely  and warm welcome to your beautiful home.  Lovely to meet you and Stanley.  A wonderful end to a wonderful holiday"

Rod & Jackie Dutihard - Gloucester UK - 04/04/10

"Thank you - a very special place! What a wonderful stay with so much love and detail!"

Simone Junghanns & Parents - Germany - 20/03/10

"Awsome place to stay.  Comfortable, relaxing and beautiful location.  Very keen to come back"

Justin and Rebecca Young - Dunedin NZ - 26/10/09

"This B&B was our first stop on our 9 week tour of New Zealand. We were made very welcome and the rooms are delightful. The breakfasts are wonderful - especially the gluten free pancakes - what a treat to find somewhere that will cater for my diet problem. The location of the house is ideal for catching the ferry across to Auckland main town for sight seeing. A wonderful stay - thank you."

Guest from Uttoxeter - 20/01/10

"Very pleasant, comfortable, excellent food and delightful conversation.  Thank you , Judy and Stanley! A perfect ending to a great visit to New Zealand"

Sue and Marcia - Denver USA - 19/10/09

"In all of our travels all over the world this has to be the most welcoming and wonderful place to stay. The Devonport location is excellent, with fantastic eating places on the doorstep. The Peace and Plenty Inn is a beautiful building, lovingly cared for by Judy who could not be a better hostess. She's got the kind of attention to detail that corporate chains can never achieve. Every room is different: we have stayed in the Victoria and the Windsor - but each is equally lovely. Breakfasts are delicious. We first stayed here two years ago and have spent the last two years talking about Judy's breakfasts. On our recent return visit we were not disappointed. We can't imagine staying anywhere else in Auckland and look forward to our next visit later this month."
- S Harrison, UK

"I stayed at the Peace and Plenty with a wonderful host Judith, what a beautiful place with fantastic views, and such a great location for the city. I visit Auckland quite regularly on business and will be staying at the Peace and Plenty on every trip now. As a business professional the wireless connection has made the accommodation step into a business league with people like myself travelling to Auckland. I still want a convenient and comfortable place to stay but out of the hustle and the bustle. The Peace and Plenty exceeds my expectations every time."
- A Guest from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England

"Peace and Plenty, the name says it all. Set in the perfect "peaceful" location of Devonport, yet so convenient to the action of the city. Your wonderful hosts provides beautifully decorated, comfortable rooms that are the cleanest I've ever been in. Attention to details are thoughtful and "plentiful." We arrived happy and impressed and left feeling like we were leaving a familiar home and a friend. Looking forward to our next visit. I highly recommend a stay at the Peace and Plenty Inn - you won't be disappointed."
- Dawn, Queensland, Australia

"We stayed here for two nights in April and found it utterly delightful. Judy is a warm and generous host. The decor is gorgeous, the rear garden subtropical and the location very convenient. We didn't need a rental car as this inn is walking distance from the ferry which sails regularly to/from downtown Auckland. Devonport has a pleasant village feeling with boutique shops and a good choice of restaurants and cafes. But best of all is The Peace and Plenty Inn!"
- A Guest from Waikanae

"Devonport, just across the harbour from busy Auckland, is a lovely haven for a weekend away. The well positioned Peace and Plenty Inn is an excellent place to stay. The name says it all - there is a real feel of peace and tranquility when entering this beautifully refurbished Victorian home. You will be welcomed with a big smile and lots of advice about the area and what to do there, should you require it. They have a very good web site which shows the rooms and facilities. The house has lovely art work and handmade crafts displayed and the beautiful garden has the feel of an oasis with it's water feature, tall palms and greenery (not to mention Bromeliads). The breakfast we had was very tasty and if you wish you may sit and chat with guests also visiting, or have your own private table. My husband and I very much enjoyed our weekend at The Peace and Plenty Inn and would recommend a visit for locals, as well as tourists..."
- A Guest from Auckland

"Just across the bridge from busy downtown Auckland lies the quiet town of Devonport and the beautiful Peace and Plenty B&B. It is truly an elegant and peaceful escape from the noise and traffic of the city. The lovely setting, the short walk to the beach, the beautiful rooms, baths, and the unsurpassed breakfast (don't miss this!), make this B&B not just a place to stay, but a true vacation destination for visitors to the Auckland area. The comfort of home, friendly advice and the professional, warm care of a renown inn make the Peace and Plenty my top choice."
- A Guest from Newport Beach, California

"This is a first class Bed and Breakfast owned and run by a fabulous, lady, Judy. Judy goes out of her way to make one feel extra special in her home and she is full of information about what to see and do. The B&B is beautiful, warm, very clean and the gardens are spectacular. Did I mention the breakfast? Just outstanding! What a find!! Devonport is a quaint town, and Auckland is just a ferry ride away. If going to Auckland, stay in Devonport and most definitely stay at the Peace and Plenty Inn. We were lucky enough to have 2 nights there and we would go back in a heartbeat!"
- A Guest from Leawood, Kansas "We stayed one night at this bed and breakfast-the day before we flew out from NZ. This was a nice end to our short trip on the north island. Devonport is a really cute suburb directly across from Auckland. You can either take a ferry to the city or drive there, which will take 20 minutes. We had a lovely room that had a nice balcony, which overlooked the harbour bridge. The staff served a huge gourmet breakfast - such as Belgian waffles. This place is best for honeymooners or couples."
- A Guest from Singapore

"A very beautiful house and a delightful holiday."
- Mario and Benasi, Milano, Italy "What a beautiful time we had with you and Stanley and thank you for all the help you offered us."
- Donald and Carine, Belgium. "Lovely, especially breakfast."
- Michael and Juliette, London "Absolute perfection!"
- Leslie and Stephen, Norwich, England

"In our recent holiday of two months in NZ, the Peace and Plenty B&B, Devonport, Auckland, was by far the most enjoyable. Its location, ambiance and the care and attention shown us by the owner Mrs Judy Machin and her staff was really excellent. 'Peace and Plenty' certainly lives up to the description on its web site; a beautiful old house and garden with pretty and comfortable rooms, breakfasts to die for, and an owner who really cares about the well being of her guests. Devonport itself is a wonderful, peaceful location; lovely views over Auckland Bay, easy ferry access to city and islands, charming old 'cottages' and a good choice of local restaurants. The ideal 'home from home' in the city!"
- Pam and Alan Matthews, Tadworth, Surrey, UK

"Just perfect! - wonderful accommodation, food and hospitality."
- Judy Sutton and David Thomas, South Africa.

"A beautiful place. We would love to stay again someday."
- Jarad and Amanda, Glenfield, Auckland

"Most relaxing stay with fantastic host."
- Clare and Hayden Clark, Australia "We had a lovely time and thoroughly enjoyed the accommodation, hospitality, cuisine and of course Stanley and the dip."
- Chuck and Deborah Cunningham, California, USA

"A wonderful first stop on our New Zealand honeymoon - beautiful place and wonderful hostess!"
- Ben and Gina Babbage, New York, USA

"Beautiful! The attention to detail made it."
- Chris and Keryn, Auckland

"Stanley has trained a superior hostess."
- Steve and Bevil, Hawaii, USA

"Never to be forgotten: swimming with Stanley, nesting garnets, wonderful hospitality."
- Jim and Mary Ellen Hallet, Manhattan Beach, California, USA

"Arrived exhausted, left relaxed and refreshed, Lovely!"
- Lynda and Steve Donnett, UK "Im a repeater - gorgeous place, wonderful hosts for guests."
- Uli Wittkopp, Hamburg, Germany

"Over the past 12 months I have travelled to Barcelona, Milan, Prague, Beijing, Rome and Auckland - in that order. Because each trip has had a business component I have had the good fortune to always stay in the best accommodations. However, nothing compares to the experience I recently enjoyed at the Peace and Plenty. From the grace and elegance of the decor, to the understated style and attentiveness of the service, to the tranquility of the setting - nothing compares with the Peace and Plenty. And then there's Judith; not only the owner but more especially the gracious host and advisor who does everything to make your experience unforgettable. Providing advice about where to dine, what to visit and how to get from A to B. Anyone can create a beautiful Bed and Breakfast establishment, but it is the very few that give so freely of their care and kindness to turn vacation accommodation into a loving home. And of course no review of the Peace and Plenty would be complete without discussing the location. This home away from home is nestled in the charming seaside village of Devonport. When staying at the Peace and Plenty you have cafes and fine dining around the corner, the ocean a stones throw away, and the ferry that whisks you across the harbour to Auckland is just a five minute leisurely stroll through the village. There is no doubt that all my future stays in Auckland will be at the Peace and Plenty. An unrivalled destination that was integral to making New Zealand the highlight of a year of endless global travel."
- Denise Fonseca and Mark, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

"Wonderful B&B in Devonport, a very lovely suburb of Auckland across the gulf (15 minutes by ferry) from downtown. Fabulous views and very quaint area. Stay in Devonport rather than downtown Auckland. Peace and Plenty is very quaint with antiques and gourmet breakfast. Fabulous old house. Very quiet. Wonderful hostess and dog. This is a great place to stay while visiting Auckland. You can walk to the ferry to downtown and Whaihiki Island - a must do if visiting Auckland. Very scenic."
- Alexandria, Virginia, USA


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