We have visited before and thought it couldn't get any better! But our latest visit to Bushy Park Homestead surpassed our expectations ! Although the weather was cold, the Homestead was warm throughout with a welcoming fire in the Billiard Room. We were looked after most wonderfully by Dale and all his staff, with cups of tea, cakes, delicious evening meals, and an ample breakfast. The six of us had a memorable experience, enjoying good company in elegant surroundings, walking within the fascinating sanctuary, and exploring Whanganui. Thank you!
This gracious historic homestead 24km from Whanganui offers guests a very good experience. Dale and his team are very welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. There are five bedrooms and several formal and informal spaces and period furniture adds to the atmosphere. The food is excellent and dinner offers the opportunity to chat with other guests. A wide range of drinks is available at very reasonable prices. Two nights stay are better than one as it will give you the opportunity to walk the tracks and admire the bush and the prolific bird life that flourishes inside the predator free fence. Hihi, robins, and saddlebacks are some of the many birds that you will see. The old stables provide an interesting look at aspects of the past. Highly recommended.
We were welcomed to the grand Victorian homestead at Bushy Park with a conservation pest free reserve on the doorstep. We did the wetlands walk when we arrived and identified a Hihi or Stitchback male bird in the bush. Together with the eight other house guests from different parts of NZ, we enjoyed the evening starting with pre dinner drinks, then dinner followed by coffee and port in the drawing room. There are several bush walks to explore on the property - Giant Rata, and Kauri trees with wonderful birdsong from the Stitchbirds, Saddlebacks and North Island Robins, Tui and Kereru!
We stayed for one night and enjoyed the excellent hospitality of Dale and his team, with a very spacious room with lovely country views, and access to the forest sanctuary with plenty of views of saddlebacks and stitchbirds, both rare on the Mainland. The only slight negative for us was that no room has an en-suite, but he shared bathrooms were spotless and easy to access. It’s not at all surprising Dale has a full booking diary for weeks to come - he has a wonderful villa and offers an outstanding experience.
The sprawling homestead with its large bedrooms, numerous lounge areas, formal and informal dining rooms was a pleasure to roam and relax on our three day stay. My favourite part was the long covered balcony overlooking the park like grounds where we would sit with a drink in the evenings watching the wood pigeons play. Dale our host was forever accommodating, where nothing was too much trouble. The bird watching in the bird sanctuary was such an amazing treat. Saddlebacks, Stitch birds and the cutest little Robins were my favourites. I’m not sure why you would want to stay anywhere else in Whanganui.