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“Great family holiday”
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Karetu Downs Farm Stay 4 bedroom Farm Cottage
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28 reviews
Karetu Downs Farm Stay 4 bedroom Farm Cottage
Emma with lamb
Guest shearing the sheep
Children grain feeding the sheep
Happy girls staying at Karetu Downs cottage
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Karetu Downs Cottage kitchen
View form the hills at Karetu Downs
Mountain biking the hills
Campervans welcome
Swimming at the river
Kevin the calf
Guest bottle feeding the lamb
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4 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 8
Hawarden, Canterbury Region, South Island

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Tom B
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great family holiday”
Reviewed May 1, 2016 for a stay in April 2016

We stayed at the Karetu Downs cottage with our three young children, we all had an amazing time - the location is beautiful and quiet, the hosts are friendly, and there's lots to do with the kids - walks, playing down at the river, exploring, feeding farm animals and playing with the dogs.
The cottage itself is very spacious and very well equipped, clean and comfortable - possibly the best value for money accommodation you could find
It's a bit of a drive from the nearest shops, so just need to be prepared with food etc, the kitchen is good for cooking in
Would recommend Karetu Downs to anyone - 10/10

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Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children
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Management Response
May 2, 2016
Thank you so much Amanda for your great review. Really pleased everyone enjoyed exploring the farm and meeting the farm animals. The dogs will miss playing with the kids. Best wishes and if you are back in NZ don't forget to look us up :) we would love to see you all again. Karen & Bruce
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Marian S
Elburg, The Netherlands
Level 2 Contributor
2 reviews
“Great hospitality”
Reviewed December 13, 2015 for a stay in November 2015

We had a great time at Karetu Downs farmstay, Karin and Bruce are wonderful en their hospitality is great. The place is so quiet and peaceful you only hear the birds:) I fed the lambs and Bruce taught me how to shear a sheep. And than the Pavlova Karin made for us it was really delicious!! The cottage was beautiful and really clean. If i ever go again to New Zealand i`ll will be staying at Karetu Downs!

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Liked best: the contact with the owners and the quietnes
Liked least: nothing
Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
People with pets
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Management Response
Dec 15, 2015
Thanks Marian-it was lovely meeting you and Jessica. We enjoyed your company and really loved showing you around the farm. We love giving our guests the opportunity of experiencing life on a real New Zealand farm complete with sheep shearing, feeding lambs, meeting Ginger and Wilbur the kune kune pigs and of course Barney the Donkey. Best wishes for a lovely Christmas-you are welcome to come back anytime
Thanks so much x
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Nilu S
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Splendid stay, beautiful property,gracious hosts”
Reviewed November 26, 2015 for a stay in October 2015

On our trip to south island from Australia, we stayed at Karetu downs for two days. The farm house is big enough for two families and very well equipped. We had a relaxing stay with our one year old girl who enjoyed the roaming around in the garden, feeding the pet donkey,chasing sheep and much more. Karen was an excellent host and was really helpful during the stay. We went on for a picnic lunch near the waterway showing through the property which was great. We would love to go back and spend more time exploring and two days were not enough. I highly recommend this place for families and those who want to relax an soak into nature

Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Nov 27, 2015
Thanks so much for your lovely comments V. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Karetu and you all are definitely welcome back any time x
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johnaitch...
Blenheim, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Kiwi hospitality at its best”
Reviewed December 3, 2014 for a stay in November 2014

We stayed B&B in the homestead, which was akin to staying with family such was the relaxed and friendly manner of Karen and Bruce who shared their table with us as if we were indeed part of the family. Our accommodation could not be faulted; neither could the attention to detail. A bonus was the garden which was to host the local garden club the day we left. This is a place for adults to experience rural New Zealand and Kiwi hospitality at its best, and for children to enjoy adventures.

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Liked best: The hosts
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 65+
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Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
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Lynne R
1 review
“Beautiful location and very accommodating hosts”
Reviewed November 23, 2014 for a stay in November 2014

Spacious 4 bed cottage on beautiful farm by Waipara river. Perfect for family gatherings or large groups of friends. We have stayed twice in recent months and it will now be a frequent holiday spot for us. The hosts Karen and Bruce are very welcoming and go out of their way to make your stay as fun and easy as possible. Kids can feed farm animals twice a day and adults can borrow bikes, 4 wheel drive etc. Beautiful river 5 mins walk for fishing and swimming. Very relaxing area with beautiful scenery.

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Deborah R
Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“AWESOME PLACE TO STAY :-)”
Reviewed November 22, 2014 for a stay in April 2014

When we stayed at your place we had such a great time so thankyou so much.

I still remember going out looking for rabbits the nite we got there and it was raining lol. Hope our son didnt leave too many carcasis behind?

Going out on the bikes the next day was great as you have so many places to go and we all had lots of fun. Please say a huge thanks to Bruce for the loan of the other bike. It made the ride more enjoyable.

I couldnt believe how big the mushrooms were and I dont eat them lol.

Hope you have had lots of bookings since we stayed as its such a lovely place to get away from it all?

Once again thanks

Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Lou S
Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
“Perfect farmstay for families”
Reviewed November 13, 2014 for a stay in September 2014

We had a wonderful time at Karetu Downs. Karen and Bruce were wonderful hosts - introducing our young children to all the animals. They were very friendly and helpful and welcoming. Nothing was a problem. Plenty to do and lots walks and bike rides all on the doorstep.

Traveling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Nov 21, 2014
Thanks guys we enjoyed showing the kids the pet lambs, Kevin the calf and the Kune Kune pigs Ginger pig and Wilby and I know they had fun feeding them. So pleased you enjoyed mountain biking the hill country too. It was a pleasure meeting everyone and we look forward to seeing you all again soon. Karen & Bruce
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