Of all the beautiful places we stayed during our month long trip round NZ Kaimata comes out tops. It is quite a way out from Dunedin on rather narrow, twisting roads. Our satnav took us on a very odd route and at the end of a very long drive we wondered where on earth we were going. However all our misgivings were immediately dispelled when we arrived and saw this amazing house and fantastic location. Things got even better when Rachel told us that as we were the only guests for our two night stay and we had the whole house to ourselves. Then the lovely Pedro, our private chef, arrived and proceeded to produce a divine meal. Next morning we woke to the smell of fresh coffee, table beautifully laid, the log fire crackling merrily in the grate and Pedro in the kitchen preparing breakfast. It was truly like being in a Hollywood movie.
We have both travelled extensively and stayed in many different types of accommodation, but staying here was a truly unique and amazing experience. If you are interested in wildlife there is nowhere better. We took a boat trip to see the albatross colony and the yellow eyed penguin reserve which was really wonderful. The visit to Larnach castle was also very interesting. Our only regret was that we hadn't booked to stay for an extra couple of nights. Oh and once we had done it a second time and been directed to the shortest route, the drive into Dunedin was really OK. If you plan to visit the Dunedin area, don't miss the chance of staying in this amazing house.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From Winter 2015, Kaimata Retreat will offer private luxury rental villa accommodation on the Otago Peninsula. The retreat offers 3 rooms with ensuites, open plan living/dining with fully equipped kitchen and is available for exclusive-use self contained for 1 -6 guests. This is self contained, there are no food services available on site. This is an optimal location for travellers, groups of friends and getaways to enjoy the natural settings of the Otago Peninsula. ... more less
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