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“Pretty house with lovely tranquil gardens”
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Halfmoon Cottage
Ranked #6 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Akaroa
Reviewed March 8, 2010

This backpackers is a lovely house set in gardens full of fragrant flowers and herbs, near the beach at Barry's Bay in Akaroa. There's a big veranda around the building which is perfect for relaxing on the sofas with a book. There's also a cosy lounge with log fire, a well-equipped kitchen and the rooms are spacious and comfortable. The friendly owners have lots of information about what to see and do in the area, and there are nice touches like hot water bottles you can borrow in the winter. The prices are really reasonable with dorms from $25 to $60 for a double room. If you're staying there, I recommend visiting nearby Barry's Bay Cheese Co for great cheese and local wines.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 17, 2009

Wow! As part of our travels through New Zealand for some R&R after six months working in Antarctica, we decided to visit the tourist destination Akaroa. Often we had no idea where we were going and never secured reservations more than a day in advance.

We called around that morning looking for a place to stay, and since it was a weekend in Akaroa everything was booked...so we looked a bit outside of downtown area and found Halfmoon Cottage.

We arrived, saw it, loved it, unloaded our things and drove into nearby Akaroa, walked around a bit, and quickly returned to the awesome retreat we had found instead.

LIKED: Clean. Well kept garden and plants. Extremely comfortable room (we stayed in pvt. room as the prices were great compared to back in U.S., but there are shared rooms as well). Great local affordable wine which you can buy by the bottle. Barry Bay Cheese nearby. Free bicycle use which we rode around nearby country roads and out to a great hike along the point. Small, but well-kept community kitchen.

DISLIKED: Nothing major to report.

OVERALL: We thoroughly loved this place. The surrounding area is great for day drives or walks. And the room and house make for a comfortable place to just hang around and read. ** Note: As are most of the backpackers we stayed at, please be aware that showers/bathrooms are shared.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2009

We've stayed twice since '05 and couldn't be more pleased with the atmosphere, tidiness, and friendly hosts and guests. Easy drive to locations throughout Banks Penninsula and Akaroa. We'll return for certain on our next NZ voyage.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 20, 2008

This backpacker was an absolutely gorgeous home from home. Peaceful, beautiful rambling villa with cottage garden on shoreline of Barry's Bay. Large room beautifully furnished, electric blanket and teddy bear included. If you still weren't cosy enough there was an ample suppy of hot water bottles. My only regret was that I wasn't free to stay for a few weeks. Average backpacker prices too.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 6, 2016
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  • Stayed: November 2015, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 1, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: February 2016, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 27, 2015
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  • Stayed: March 2015, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Halfmoon Cottage

Address: 5849 Christchurch Akaroa Road | Barrys Bay, Akaroa 7582, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #6 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Akaroa
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Budget world traveller accommodation with shared kitchen, dining room and lounge. Located in Barrys Bay at the top of Akaroa Harbour giving easy access to the town of Akaroa, its beautiful harbour and the surrounding volcanic remnants of Banks Peninsula. ... more   less 

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