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Karetu Downs Farmstay

Waipara Gorge 1731 Ram Paddock Road RD 1 Rd1, Hawarden 7385 New Zealand
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Karetu Downs is situated approximately 63 km north of Christchurch and is a one hour drive from Christchurch airport. The 2000 hectare property is Kiwi owned and farmed and has been in the Forrester family for over 100 years. Karen and Bruce offer cosy private accommodation for tourists, travelers and families who want to relax and take in the peaceful surroundings of the New Zealand country side. Guests can mountain bike the hill country tracks or walk along the river. Join Bruce on a tour of the farm and take part in feeding the farm animals. Ideal for family groups, horse trekkers, 4 wheeler's and trail bike riders, cyclists, trampers and for people who just want a quiet peaceful time away. Camper vans are most welcome.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Hot tub
Breakfast in the room
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
BBQ facilities
Secured parking
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Tennis court
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
Ironing service
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Room features
Seating area
Bottled water
Flatscreen TV
Electric blanket
Bath / shower
Clothes rack
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms


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Waipara Gorge 1731 Ram Paddock Road RD 1 Rd1, Hawarden 7385 New Zealand
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We stayed in the farm cottage which has been renovated and is bright,clean and well appointed and now has wifi. The views from the farm are beautiful as is the garden at the farmhouse. There is the option to go mountain biking or walking independently up into the hills on the farm or down to the river gorge. We walked down the river and swam in the (deep) swimming hole which was fantastic on a hot day. Karen was very welcoming and easy to communicate and arrange things with. The farm feels quiet and peaceful but is only 20 minutes or so from Waipara with wineries and restaurants.
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Response from KaretuFarmstay, Owner at Karetu Downs Farmstay
Responded Nov 5, 2019
Thank you so much for the review. It is great to now have wifi in the cottage so when guests stay they are still able to connect with family and friends and work if required. Really pleased you enjoyed the river walk too on hot summer days the river is a fabulous place to cool off and is lovely and private as well. Thank you Karen and Bruce x
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What an awesome NZ farm experience!! The accomodation was so comfortable and had everything a family could want. Stunning surroundings. The highlight was all the animals and the incredibly lovely Karen and Bruce. The kids loved feeding all the lambs, sheep, pigs, chickens and the all the dogs. The boys loved going for a bit of a tour of the property. Karen and Bruce were so patient and nothing was a problem. This stop was a definite highlight for us all. We hope to back again one day very soon! Thank you!!!!
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Response from KaretuFarmstay, Owner at Karetu Downs Farmstay
Responded Nov 5, 2019
Thanks Caroline, We both loved meeting you guys and the kids were amazing. It's so nice to read this review and to read how the kids liked interacting with the farm animals. I think the lambs really missed the kids feeding them! We would most definitely love to see you all again anytime. Best wishes Karen and Bruce xx
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We had a 3 night stay here recently. It was pefect! The scenery that surrounds the farm is breathetaking... Karen and Bruce are very friendly and her breakfasts are beautiful, using their own produce. We will definitely return. Thank you guys for making our stay perfect.
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Response from KaretuFarmstay, Owner at Karetu Downs Farmstay
Responded Dec 16, 2018
Thanks Jo and Mark for staying at Karetu. It was a pleasure to meet you and we are so pleased you both enjoyed your stay with us. Best wishes Karen and Bruce x
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Thank you Karen & Bruce you both should feel very proud of what you have to offer - great hosts, great meals and excellent accommodation all located in a beautiful garden setting - next time we must book one of your farm tours - Thank you Malcolm & Pauline Lay
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Response from KaretuFarmstay, Owner at Karetu Downs Farmstay
Responded Feb 13, 2019
Thanks Malcolm and Pauline just read your review and appreciate your kind words. Best wishes Karen & Bruce x
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Had looked to have a farm stay during our month long exploration of New Zealand. Fortunately, I found Karetu Farms to end our tour. Karen and Bruce have created a beautiful enclave on their sheep/cattle farm just outside of Christchurch. The Louisa suite is perfectly appointed with all amenities for comfort-even a fireplace for the cool evenings we experienced. Karen’s breakfast and family style dinner made us feel as part of the family. Absolutely, a highlight of our holiday. A must do on any South Island trip.
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Response from KaretuFarmstay, Owner at Karetu Downs Farmstay
Responded Dec 3, 2018
Hi Jim, Thank you for your great review. We enjoyed chatting to you both and it was equally nice to listen to stories from your side of the world. We love meeting interesting people and enjoyed showing you our farm. Sharing our land and way of life with others is particularly rewarding.We are pleased you had a relaxing time and yes the Louisa suite and the Musterers studio offer just that little bit of luxury while staying in the New Zealand countryside. Best wishes to you both. Karen & Bruce x
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$121 - $135 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandCanterbury RegionHawarden
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Frequently Asked Questions about Karetu Downs Farmstay
What are some of the property amenities at Karetu Downs Farmstay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, a hot tub, and kids activities.
Which room amenities are available at Karetu Downs Farmstay?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Karetu Downs Farmstay?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Karetu Downs Farmstay?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are any cleaning services offered at Karetu Downs Farmstay?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Karetu Downs Farmstay?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.