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comforting to know the resort is a no-drone zone, to respect guests’ privacy.)

Back towards the entrance of the resort, the swimming pool was deep — up to my chin — and a relief for anyone who fancied a break from the salt water.

Kids Club (for littlies aged 6-12) is also compliment­ary. The bed: The super-king in the master room was a whopper, and super comfortabl­e. Fellow guests: Mostly Kiwis and Aussies, but with a surprising number of British and European accents at the breakfast buffet. Noise: Not a lot; the villas have a great sense of privacy — though my daughter took great delight in peeking at a wedding that took place on the lawn nearby. We were near enough to the water to go to sleep with the sound of the ocean. Price: You can get a villa like ours for $970 a night. They have a deal on at the moment which allows you to stay for seven nights and only pay for five. Contact: pacificres­ Perfect for: A family break for when you’re fed up with the onset of Auckland’s winter.

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