On 6thMay, 2012 we made a leisurely drive from Christchurch into Waimate, with vibrant colors of autumn in the landscape. We were pleasantly surprised how easy it was to locate the lodge, driving through luscious greenery leading to Te Kiteroa. We were allocated the Bledisloe room, which was spacious and comfortable. Ann and Gary were the perfect host, serving excellent meal and delicious dessert and chatting with us on Singapore, over tea around the fireplace in the beautiful lounge area. With the peaceful and quiet atmosphere, Khoon and I slept very soundly until we awoke to bright red color filtering through the bedroom window. It was the sunrise, with the sky a bright fiery red!. That afternoon Ann graciously drove us around the countryside, pointing out deers and alpacas in the vicinity until White Horse monument, which is the top of the hill behind the lodge. We alighted, soaked in a panaromic view of Waimate view, before embarking on a hour and half treking through the woods downhill to Point Bush Road, where the lodge. We thoroughly enjoyed our 2-night stay in Te Kiteora and would recommend this lodge for a peaceful relaxing lodge, listening to birds singing and watching stars and spectacular sunrise ! Ann was also very helpful in travel information on other sight-seeing locations and we enjoyed our 3 weeks stay in South Island because of her recommendation of Catlins, Wanaka, Oamaru etc. With erratic weather this month, she suggested we follow the weather forecast wherever was sunny; and it all worked out very well. Thank you Ann and Gary for making our stay in NZ so pleasant !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 100+ year old Edwardian property located on an elevated site with views from the mountains out to the East Coast. Located within a working vineyard and adjacent winery with bush walks and mountain-biking trails from the front gate. Hosted B&B accommodation with guest dining by arrangement. Sauna and outdoor hot-tub with deck loungers. Complimentary winery tour and tasting for guests. ... more less