My family (2 adults, 2 teenaged girls) recently toured the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand in the middle of their winter. We were looking forward to no crowds, gorgeous scenery, fresh air, some adventure, genuine characters and a little quirkiness. In the more isolated areas we were expecting basic accommodation…as long as it was clean and warm. Staying at Hannah’s Homestead in Haast was therefore a truly unexpected treat which also ticked all our boxes. OK, from the outside it looks a bit odd…like the underfloor area of someone’s house. However, the cosy accommodation has two rooms plus bathroom, kitchenette and TV. Each room has couches and the beds were divinely comfortable. The whole place reflects its local environment; books with local stories and information are in the rooms, driftwood, jetsam and flotsam from the beach across the road decorate the yard. The kitchenette has electric jug, fridge, toaster and frypan…fine for preparing simple meals. We used the outside BBQ one night, and John prepared a delicious roast chicken meal for us the next. He even whipped up a vegetarian option at short notice for one of our daughters! John is brimming with knowledge about the local flora, fauna and geology. We went on a walking/driving tour with him which included rainforest, river and seashore. The information we gleaned enriched our entire tour from then on, as did John’s infectious enthusiasm for this part of the world. Just wonderful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On New Zealand’s West Coast of the South Island, you will find Hannah's Homestead with a two bedroom ground flour, access friendly, en-suite motel unit, which is perfectly situated on the scenic road to Jackson Bay, at Hannah's Clearing, Haast. The homestead sits right on the edge of the west coast wilderness and is only a few minutes walk from the Tasman Sea. Hannah's Homestead Motel was built in 2009 and offers comfortable West Coast accommodation. Whether you are planning on a one night stay or a full-on week of sightseeing and outdoor adventures, Hannah's Homestead Motel is the perfect place to reside. ... more less
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