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Cobden Garden

Bed and Breakfast. Napier.

New Zealand.


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The hosts of Bed and Breakfasts can be the best curators of your time with them. Especially if they take or make the opportunity to experience the activities available in the region.

Art Deco Trust Vintage Car Tour.

Napier is famous for its Art Deco architecture and the infamous 1931 earthquake.  Whilst the devastation of that quake destroyed the buildings and the lives of many who lived here at the time a blank canvas was created to allow for the design and rebuild of a new city and the Art Deco style was the architectural style of the time and well suited to a speedy rebuild that was structurally strong.  In just over 2 years Napier was recreated.  For over 30 years the Art Deco Trust has been protecting, preserving and restoring these buildings after it was realised the city had something unique to offer. Thousands of visitors get to learn about this by joining in a walking tour, taking a tour in a vintage car or a bus tour.  Guided by enthusiastic volunteers the history and the anecdotes bring this history alive and whilst in the 20 years we have lived here we have participated in these activities our recent vintage car tour refreshed our memories and enlightened us further.  Highly recommended for our visitors.



Qualmark GOLD.

In March our Qualmark Business Advisor was able to visit and assess our B&B.  A visit that had been delayed for nearly two years because of Covid.  Whilst we have achieved 4 + stars for a number of years which indicate the standard of our accommodation and its facilities the sustainable awards take in much more and to achieve GOLD recognises us as one of the most high quality, safe and sustainable accommodation providers in New Zealand. We have to quote the letter accompanying our certificate "met standards designed to protect what makes  New Zealand unique and special, including our spectacular landscapes and scenery, our warm welcoming people and the ability to safely participate in our many and varied tourism offerings."  We are delighted to have achieved this and look forward to hosting you.




For those who enjoyed Ronnie the cat we sadly had to say good bye to him in March 2018. He brought us so much joy and as he choose to live with us we were very fortunate to have had him in our lives. We are certainly missing him. Thank you for all the pleasure you gave us all Ronnie.


Ronnie the other B&B host

Ronnie the cat.


 Cobden Garden December 2016

Cobden Garden is now 15 years old.  We arrived in Napier 19 December 2001 and had our first guests 29 December 2001. We are welcoming back a couple who stayed with us in that first season this week.  Whilst they will see many changes we do hope that they find the hospitality and welcome as good if not better than their first stay.

We did celebrate in the appropriate way.






17 September 2015. We were thrilled to announce that we have been named the winners of the Hawke's Bay Tourism Accommodation Award for 2015.The awards were led by Hawke’s Bay Tourism in conjunction with its parent group the Hawke’s Bay Tourism Industry Association (HBTIA). Hawke’s Bay Tourism General Manager Annie Dundas said “We’re delighted to see such great industry engagement and support of each other because it’s important to take time to acknowledge and celebrate local businesses who work so hard to deliver amazing experiences for visitors to Hawke’s Bay. The winners here tonight play a pivotal part in doing that and are well deserving of their accolades.”


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1 Cobden Crescent
Bluff Hill
Napier 4110
New Zealand


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