With three fellow mature age rugby tragics I booked into Chestnut Ridge Farmstay for two nights in September, mainly because of the outrageous price gouging going on at hotels in the Auckland/Hamilton area.
As it turned out the hoteliers had done us a great favour. Chestnut Ridge was an absolute delight. Indeed it was the highlight of our trip (particularly after the Wallabies lost to Ireland).
Chestnut Ridge is located in a very picturesque area with an aspect across a valley to Lake Wakerie. The rooms are well furnished, comfortable and spotless. John and Janet are wonderful hosts, easygoing and engaging and we didn't feel we were intruding on their home. John is an enthusiastic cook, stout brewer and gin distiller. The breakfasts were superb (we didn't need lunch) and the highlight had to be the four course dinner John served on our first night. Undoubtedly the best NZ$40 we've ever spent.
I hope to return to NZ with my wife for more touring. It's a beautiful country. If we do we'll certainly return to Chestnut Ridge. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Chris Humphry, Perth, Western Australia
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Quiet rural setting. Beautiful views. Six hectare chestnut orchard with sheep, cattle & chooks. Large gardens. Super-king room with spa-bath en-suite and Queen room with shower en-suite. Continental breakfast included. Full breakfast and dinner available as optional extras. Golf, Rangiriri Historic Battle Site, Whangamarino Wetland, Lake Waikare & Hampton Downs Motorsport Park close by. Only 45 mins drive south of Auckland International Airport, just off SH1. Ideal first or last relaxing stop for international travelers. ... more less