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Karetu Downs Farmstay

1731 Ram Paddock Road, Waipara Gorge | RD1, Hawarden 7385, New Zealand
Karetu Downs Farmstay
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Napier, New Zealand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Far out in the country yet as comfortable and cosy as home. Welcoming hosts, a fire if you would like one, excellent breakfasts and dinners and the best bathroom/shower in New Zealand all added to our stay. ps A special thanks for doing gluten free meals thoroughly and with good will.

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Harpenden, England
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87 hotel reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Although relatively close to Christchurch this beautiful homestay gives a real sense of remoteness whilst offering accommodation of stylish comfort. We greatly enjoyed a lovely home-cooked meal with Karen & Bruce and a walk along the river with a friendly farm dog. We wished we'd have spent more time at Karetu Downs and had the chance to see more activities... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

It has been almost a year ago, since we spent time at Karetu Downs with Karen and Bruce Forrester, and that special time keeps coming back to us. Karen & Bruce are terrific hosts, and made us feel really at home. They have a great eye for detail and making sure everything is perfect for their guests to enjoy their... More 

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Sherborne, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

A very warm welcome into a beautiful, genuine farmhouse with lovely, quality, spacious and private accommodation. Peaceful with amazing scenery we were able to walk and enjoy the location, a very special place, we felt we were able to experience a part of the real New Zealand. Thank you very much.

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KaretuFarmstay, Owner at Karetu Downs Farmstay, responded to this review

Thanks Mike and Sue for a great review we are so pleased you enjoyed staying with us. It was a pleasure to have you. Dorset will be going in to spring now and I am sure the country side is looking lovely over there. Autumn is on its way here- very pretty with the leaves now turning. Kind regards Karen... More 

London
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Karen and Bruce was superb hosts and we had a lovely night's stay at the farm even though we found the drive rather unfamiliar on the unmade road with some twists and turns. But it was well worth the drive because it was a fabulous experience. It's a true working farm - we fed lambs, tried our hands at sheep-sheering... More 

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London
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Bruce and Karen, thank you so so much for being amazing hospitable hosts! We truly enjoyed the farm experience at Karetu Downs (meeting with Bertie, feeding the baby lambs, crutching, exploring the farm by bikes, walking by the river, etc). Thank you Bruce for taking us on the farm tour in your 4x4 with Maddie (dog). Thank you Karen for... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Thanks Karen and Bruce for a wonderful weekend. You made us feel so welcome. Wonderful hospitality, gorgeous accommodation and stunning views. We enjoyed exploring the farm by bike and on foot. We didn't come looking for the full on farm experience but are so glad you invited us to help with tailing the lambs. What an amazing experience for a... More 

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KaretuFarmstay, Owner at Karetu Downs Farmstay, responded to this review

Thank you so much Simon and Nicky. We very much appreciated your help with the tailing and are so pleased you both enjoyed your stay here at Karetu. We do enjoy sharing our little slice of heaven. More 

Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013 via mobile

Being city dwellers, we wanted a farmstay to get away from it all and it exceeded all our expectations. Karen and Bruce are so warm and welcoming, the room was spotlessly clean, comfortable and an eclectic mix of country and modern decor. Their place is on a hill and the views on the drive up are just peaceful and beautiful.... More 

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KaretuFarmstay, Owner at Karetu Downs Farmstay, responded to this review

Thanks for the lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us - we enjoyed meeting you too. Regards Karen & Bruce More 

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We recently had a fantastic weekend at Karetu Downs with two other couples. As it is so close to Christchurch, it was easy for us all to finish work on Friday and then be at Karetu in time for dinner. The house had been prepared for our arrival and it was toasty warm. We went for a run the next... More 

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Oxford, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Karetu Downs is one of the most enjoyable places to stay!! We are a family of avid horse riders and have stayed at various places around the South Island. Karetu Downs would have to rate as one of the most pleasurable locations to relax and ride. The accommodation is extremely well equipped, you would want for nothing. The generous sized... More 

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