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Hereweka Garden Retreat
Ranked #2 of 59 Dunedin B&B and Inns
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“Wonderful retreat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

Hereweka Garden Retreat was our fourth stop on the South Island during our trip around New Zealand. It is set in the most stunning location on the Otago Peninsula. It is also in a great location for visiting the various attractions on the Peninsula. During our stay, we were lucky enough to see a wonderful array of wildlife. This included; albatross, penguins, kingfishers, spoonbills, birds of prey and much, much more. The cottage is very well appointed and the glass shower deserves particular mention. Anna and Peter were lovely hosts. This is one of the most relaxing places we have ever stayed and would have no hesitation in recommending it as a wonderful place to stay if you are looking to totally relax and unwind.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Anna M, Owner at Hereweka Garden Retreat, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
Thank you for your review. You were certainly lucky to time it so well with the wildlife when you went walking on the beach. Hope you are enjoying your spring. We are having a fabulous autumn . The intensity of the leaf colour is spectacular. It must be because of the unusually dry and hot summer we had this year.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013

The cottage is very spacious, comfortable, quiet and clean. Perfect place to relax and enjoy, even if the weather is not on your side! The hosts are perfect and we really appreciated the attention to details they have, including the delicious home made bread they provide, preserves and jams as well as the organic muesli. We stayed for (only) 2 nights, but we will go back for more if we ever return to New Zealand.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

We stayed at Hereweka Garden Retreat for several days of 'relaxation therapy', and it was the perfect destination for this - quiet, self-contained accommodation in a beautiful location on the Otago Peninsula. As mentioned in other reviews the Retreat is very well appointed, with a comfortable bed, well equipped kitchen, and wonderful bathroom (with great views!).

Peter and Anna are very friendly people and great hosts. Unfortunately I had picked up a stomach bug just before the start of our holiday, however Peter (who is the local GP) was at hand with some medical advice and pharmaceuticals. This combined with rest, healthy food, and fresh air, enabled me to recover quickly and soon we were out exploring.

The Retreat is perfectly placed for visiting the various Peninsula attractions (albatross colony, penguins, sea lions, Larnarch castle, walking trails, beaches, etc), as well as being in the middle of Peter and Anna’s own beautiful garden. The quiet and peaceful location allowed us to unwind and recover from a fairly stressful start to the year, we would certainly recommend it for anyone looking for a luxurious holiday escape.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

We absolutely enjoyed our stay with Peter and Anna and we highly recommend the place!
In general my girlfriend and myself we travel quite a bit and we have seen many places the last couple of years.
We never came across a place like Anna and Peter created.
To keep it short but sweet:
If you like:
- nature,
- gardens,
- handpicked furniture pieces which are stylish but also eco friendly,
- having a shower with complete view over the bay in an open-glass-in-house shower,
- cooking in a very well equipped kitchen (by far the best we have seen in many different homes on many different continents)
- receive some homegrown ingredients (salat, carrots, eggs, potatoes, apples, etc. etc.)

--> then you are very well placed at the Hereweka Garden Retreat.

We absolutely loved it and have taken away some great memories!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oakland, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

We loved our time at Hereweka Garden Retreat! The cottage is spacious and wonderfully laid out (especially the decks and shower!). The location and view are truly beautiful, and we loved waking up and spending time there in the mornings especially. It's an ideal location for getting a bit off the beaten track and exploring the Otago Peninsula too. There was room for two adults and a toddler.
Peter and Anna were gracious hosts - so friendly at attentive, but we also felt like we had our own space. The grounds are beautiful for walking around, and our son loved helping pick lettuces and apples.

We highly, highly recommend it!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

We arrive in Dunedin and have lunch at Nova Café, a museum restaurant. Then we drive along the Portobello Road, a winding coast road that is bit dangerous to drive along due to missing barriers. Cars are regularly fished out of the water here. At the end of that road we turn right. Anyone with lowered suspension on their car would now probably get stuck en route, thus missing out on Anna and Peter’s eco paradise. This couple of environmentally-conscious and green-fingered doctors runs the Hereweka Garden Retreat, part of a 12 acre property, in the midst of nature on the Otago Peninsula. Warmed by the wood-burning stove, you can enjoy homemade muesli, whole-meal bread, free range eggs, and an open-air shower. This turns showering into a whole new experience. The delicious organic breakfast hamper is one of a kind. It’s a pity that we can’t stay here even longer ... Want more infos on our trip through New Zealand — read our travelogue in AORTICA Magazine, N°02.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

We stayed at Hereweka for one night while driving the Southern Scenic Route, and it was truly a wonderful way to end our trip to New Zealand.

The property itself is just gorgeous, and the cottage is beautifully designed and very welcoming. We made ourselves right at home! We loved the breakfast hamper and took our time relaxing in the morning to fully enjoy the place. While we were only there for one night, this would be an incredible place to stay and spend a weekend (or longer) on the Otago Peninsula. In one day we couldn't cover everything we wanted to explore, but managed to see some amazing highlights. Our hosts were helpful when we had questions, but not intrusive, which is exactly what you want when staying in a place like this. What a unique experience that will be hard to top elsewhere!

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hereweka Garden Retreat
Address: 10 Hoopers Inlet Road | RD 2, Dunedin 9077, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Dunedin
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #2 of 59 B&Bs / Inns in Dunedin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury eco garden accommodation with spectacular views of Dunedin’s Otago Peninsula. Hereweka Garden Retreat offers self-contained architecturally eco-designed boutique accommodation. Located in the renowned Hereweka Garden, the secluded retreat property has the only remaining valley of native forest on the Otago Peninsula, and overlooks the breath-taking vista of Hoopers Inlet. Just 30 minutes drive from the central city in Dunedin, it is situated on the slopes of the iconic Harbour Cone, far from the noise of traffic and close to many attractions on the Otago Peninsula. ... more   less 

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