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Kaimata Retreat

297 Cape Saunders Road Otago Peninsula, Dunedin 9077 New Zealand
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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.
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Free parking
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Ocean view
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Steve P wrote a review Mar 2022
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Great place to unwind and relax with friends. Far enough out of the hustle and bustle, but close enough to the cafes and attractions on the peninsula. Amazing views from the bedrooms, even saw seals from the deck!
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Date of stay: February 2022
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AmsterdamEnjoyer wrote a review Feb 2017
Amsterdam, The Netherlands229 contributions71 helpful votes
This beautiful retreat offers great views. The house is nicely decorated, has good beds and a good bathroom. It is hidden away on the Otago peninsula, but once you have found it, you do not want to leave again.
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Date of stay: February 2017
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JMO4104 wrote a review Jan 2017
Phoenix, Arizona202 contributions109 helpful votes
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This is what I have always been looking for. That one place where you know you are in complete isolation and can literally hear your heartbeat. On a 3 week trip thru AUS and NZ this was my true happy place. Our Host Rachel was so amazing. I kept wondering if she would just let me stay forever. Everything about this place was amazing. Beautifully decorated and outfitted for our stay. We loved the paddleboards and clamming in the estuary. We even were taking quick trips to other beaches to see the seals and penguins but nothing could keep me from the deck and the view. Quick Note do not make the drive around this peninsula in the dark- good luck finding your way around.....
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Date of stay: December 2016
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Room Tip: Dont choose a room-Rent the whole place!!!!! Dont drive here at Night! You will not find your way...
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62grantb wrote a review Nov 2016
Perth, Australia39 contributions7 helpful votes
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This is such a cool place to chill and relax in private. This is not a fun park or adventure playground (thank goodness) but its (relative) isolation makes it pretty special. Sitting on the deck overlooking the water, watching the tidal changes with a cold beer in hand is one of life's luxuries. I'd imagine a dip in the water in summer would also be nice but too cold for me when I was there. Its close enough to Portobello and Dunedin if you need supplies but you really do feel that once you are there the world is your own. Friendly welcome and some tourist advice but its the pure class of the people and the place that won me over.
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Date of stay: November 2016
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Lorna C wrote a review Mar 2016
Oxford11 contributions8 helpful votes
One of the most beautiful and peaceful places I have every stayed. Had the room in the main section of the retreat which doesn't have the same view as the other two but was nonetheless a lovely room. Food was of the highest quality and simply presented. Was there with three small children who soak up the calming environment and loved the beautiful beaches. Now just scheming how I can get back...
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Date of stay: April 2015Trip type: Travelled with family
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Monique l wrote a review Mar 2016
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Warm welcome by Julia on arrival. Interested and caring owner Kyle. Room with a superb view on the inlet of Otago Peninsula. Free use of washing machine. Great breakfast and dinner prepared by chef Filippo Morrigi. Wonderful place to stay. Thanks again Kyle!!
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Date of stay: February 2016
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Darryn T wrote a review Feb 2016
Tampa, Florida39 contributions64 helpful votes
Very disappointing. A detour in the road from Dunedin made an otherwise very difficult route horrible. No one warned us of the detour, not our travel agency or Kaimata, even though both were aware of our arrival day and Kaimata the detour. After the long, treacherous, partial-dirt road arrival, we found what was billed as a luxury retreat. Far from it. Tiny little room with a ladder and four hangers (see photo) for a closet, barely enough room to negotiate around the bed because of your mandatorily unpacked bags, no view from our room, and no true ensuite bathroom (the bathroom, which had no lock, was in a passageway between the kitchen and room). Make sure, if you do go to Kaimata Retreat, that you avoid the room behind the kitchen, where we stayed. Every word from the kitchen/dining area could be heard. I'm not sure what caused it, but every time someone opened a door or something else to change the air pressure something in the room vibrated loudly enough to keep you awake, but not long enough to find. Perhaps it was the (generously-termed) artwork. A trash-strewn path down to the water had the ambiance of a back alley. That's enough time spent on this place. We stayed in six hotels/ inns/lodges/retreats in NZ. This was hands down easily the worst by a mile (check out my write-ups of Mollie's, Solitaire Lodge, Greenhill Lodge, Oliver's, Silverpine Lodge and Eichardt's Private Hotel). We have stayed in dozens of small, luxury accommodations around the world, as well as larger hotels. This is the very first one we have walked out of, as we were scheduled for three nights and stayed one. AVOID.
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Date of stay: February 2016
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Matt B wrote a review Jan 2016
Darmstadt17 contributions26 helpful votes
Our car navigation system chose to take us from Dunedin to the Kaimata Retreat via the "scenic" route over the Otago peninsula and down again on rough roads along the coast line. We were met by Kyle Davidson who owns and manages the place with his partner Rachel. Our first impression was "Surfer Dude" and he turned out to be very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about nature and the environment. We stayed in one of the three one bedroom units which are small but offer great views down at the bay and the ocean. Kyle took us out to the beach on his boat and we enjoyed a three hour hike along the coast and through the dunes. This was pure unspoilt nature with seagulls, sea lions, rocks and the overwhelming presence of the ocean. To us, maybe the main feature of the place was the presence of a very charming professional chef, Filippo Moriggi, who expertly prepared breakfast according to our liking and offered great, freshly made meals in the evening. Thank you guys, we had a great time!
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Date of stay: December 2015
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nj_traveller16 wrote a review Nov 2015
Hillsborough, New Jersey112 contributions61 helpful votes
Beautiful location, great accommodation and a personal chef, what more can I say! This place is on a remote bay by the Otago Peninsula, and only has 3 rooms so is very private. It's a good half hour drive from Dunedin but is a good base for visiting Larnach Castle or Albatross center. The rooms are fantastic, modern, well appointed, with private decks over looking the bay. Breakfast is included, made by the private chef Fillipo, who can also cook a 3 course dinner, which I would highly recommend as it was wonderful. The owner is very friendly and helpful, taking us out in the boat to see the sea lions and drop other guests off at the beach for a few hours. Perfect place to get away.
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Date of stay: November 2015
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John F wrote a review Oct 2015
Boerne, Texas53 contributions50 helpful votes
If your trip includes Dunedin in NZ, this is the place to stay. Only three rooms. The owner is a hoot and very nice. The added plus is the chef (Fillipo) who is a master with food. While the rooms are european small, the views are spectacular and the deck is inviting. Great yard and it goes down to the beach. The owner is very accommodating. The only knock I would give is that it is remote so exploring is a driving challenge and the wifi is spotty.
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Date of stay: October 2015
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$366 - $403 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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New ZealandSouth IslandOtago RegionDunedin
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kaimata Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Kaimata Retreat?
Nearby attractions include The Otago Peninsula Eco Restoration Alliance (6.1 km), Larnach Castle & Gardens (6.8 km), and Sandfly Bay Track (7.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kaimata Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and room service.
Is parking available at Kaimata Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kaimata Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include 1908 Restaurant, Portobello Hotel & Bistro, and Ballroom Cafe at Larnach Castle.
Are there any historical sites close to Kaimata Retreat?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Larnach Castle & Gardens (6.8 km) and Lime Kilns (6.4 km).
Does Kaimata Retreat have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.