About Chelsea House

Your hosts - Tony and Jennie Bender

Upon arrival at Chelsea House, you will be warmly greeted into our charming and historical Bed and Breakfast. Although we have recently taken over the well established dwelling in August 2017, both of us are very knowledgeable and familiar with tourism, hospitality and the Northland Region. Jennie spent many years visiting her grandparents in Whangarei and staying at Pataua beach at her grandparents bach (holiday home).

Our shared love for travel brought us together over 25 years ago, both hosting 18 day Contiki Tours around New Zealand as tour guides. We soon settled on Waiheke Island, where we owned the travel agency and Jennie dabbled in wedding co-ordination at a top vineyard on Waiheke. After eleven years living an idyllic life on the Island raising our daughter Sarah, we relocated to Auckland for her education.

As a family, we have always enjoyed travelling overseas, often choosing to stay in a Bed and Breakfast. The hospitality, friendships and comfort provided to us during our travels, have always been memorable aspects of our holidays. An added bonus is the in-depth local knowledge our hosts have had, allowing us to understand and explore the area in a more authentic way. We also have a great knowledge of the area, ready to offer you advice on leisurely day trips or more adventurous activities.

You can be assured that whatever the purpose of your stay, whether it's a holiday, business or visiting friends, you will be met with wonderful hospitality. Our hope is that your visit will not only meet your personal needs, but you would feel part of the family in our comfortable home. (April 2018 - 9 months from moving into Chelsea House, we have enjoyed the company of over 200 guests)

We look forward to meeting you soon, for your stay at Chelsea House.