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'Karetu Downs' Farm House Accommodation Stunning Waipara Gorge

Karetu Downs Farm Stay 4 bedroom Farm Cottage
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
Queen room Karetu Downs cottage
Queen room Karetu Downs cottage
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
Karetu Downs Farm Stay is situated approximately 63 km north of Christchurch and is a one hour drive from Christchurch airport. The property is Kiwi owned and farmed and has been in the Forrester family for over 100 years.The farm is 2000 hectares of some flat to rolling downs but mostly hill country land on which we graze sheep & beef cattle. The prominent feature is the hill country which rises to just on 3 thousand feet above sea level. A climb to the top of the farm through tussock tracks provides outstanding views over the countryside looking back to the Southern Alps, the east coast and on a clear day to the South the view of Christchurch and surrounding areas is breath taking. The farm offers over 20 kilometres of back country tracks for you to enjoy at your leisure. 4WD tours available. We offer two types of accommodation: Sta... Read more
About the Owner, Karen F
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 100 %
Response Time: Within a day
Calendar Updated: Today
Listed since : Jun 2012
Overall rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Based on 30 reviews and 2 properties
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Nelson, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed July 20, 2017 for a stay in July 2017

Such a special spot to get away to from the city. Our boys loved the animals...feeding and playing with them. Karen and Bruce are very generous with their time to show you around and talk farming. The cottage has everything including a lovely fire. This was our second stay and we will be back.

Tom B
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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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...

Management response:

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
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...

Management response:

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...


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  • Alarm Clock
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Books
  • Bunk Beds:(1)
  • Dishwasher
  • Double Beds:(1)
  • DVD Player
  • Fireplace
  • Freezer
  • Full Baths (1)
  • Garage
  • Internet Access
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Microwave
  • Mountain Views
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Paper Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Porch
  • Queen Beds:(2)
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe
  • Shared Yard
  • Stereo System
  • Stove
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • VCR
  • Washer
  • Water Views
House rules
    Pets allowed
    Smoking not allowed
    1 Full bath
    1 Full
    2 Queens
    1 Bunk
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  • Damage Deposit: $77 / stay - Deposit
  • Cleaning fee: $27 / stay - Fee
Additional Rate and Availability Information
$170 per night 2 people includes linen and towels provided.
We charge 15% GST on all bookings
Cleaning charge $40.00. Nil cleaning fee applies if house cleaned prior to departure from Karetu Cottage.
$15 extra adult person- the house sleeps up to 8 guests.
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About the neighborhood
We are 15 minutes from Waipara Valley vineyards and cafes. 10 minutes from Iron Ridge Quarry Sculpture Park and 20 minutes from the Weka Pass Railway steam trains.
• Amberley township is 20 minutes drive away with a good selection of shops and restaurants (including the well known Nor' Wester Cafe).
• Pegasus, Amberley and Hawarden Country golf clubs are all close at hand.
• Easy day trips to Whale Watching at Kaikoura and the Hamner Springs Thermal pools.
• Easy day trip to Mount Lyford ski field.
Car recommended
How to get there
Airport: Christchurch: 62.8 mi
Railway: Christchurch: 62.8 mi
Ferry: Lyttleton: 67.1 mi
From Christchurch travel north along state highway 1 until you get to the Waipara Hills Winery. Turn left opposite the winery on to Georges road. Karetu Downs is approximately 21.3 kilometres from the beginning of Georges road. Ram Paddock road runs straight on from Georges road, you will find us “Karetu Downs Farm Stay” 1731 Ram Paddock just before the bridge that leads on to MacDonald Downs road.

From Kaikoura travel South along state highway 1 until you get to Waipara Hills winery. Turn Right opposite the winery on to Georges road. Karetu Downs is approximately 21.3 kilometres from the beginning of Georges road.
Georges road runs on to Ram Paddock road. Travel along Ram Paddock road past the vineyards and along the winding Waipara gorge which will take you up in to the hills. Trave...
Activities nearby
Fishing Nearby, There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive, Horse Riding Nearby, Nearest Beach: 29.8 mi.
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