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Farm Stay Karetu Downs B&B Stunning Waipara Gorge

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Overview
2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
4 guests
1 night minimum 
Private Room
The Louisa suite has a comfortable queen size bed complete with a wool rest, electric blanket and cuddly duvet. The modern ensuite bathroom adds a touch of class to this lovely character home and complements the guest room beautifully -complete with bath robes, hair-dryer, cuddly towels and complementary soaps. The suite has its own adjoining private lounge and verandas which open out on to large attractive gardens. The lounge has Sky TV and WIFI, a welcoming log fire and cosy furnishings. Free complimentary tea and coffee. The Musterers Studio is attached to the 100 year old Homestead. It has been tastefully restyled to reflect the ambiance of staying in traditional NZ country farm style accommodation. The apartment has a comfortable super King bed with stylish bedding, warm duvets and ...The Louisa suite has a comfortable queen size bed complete with a wool rest, electric blanket and cuddly duvet. The modern ensuite bathroom adds a touch of class to this lovely character home and complements the guest room beautifully -complete with bath robes, hair-dryer, cuddly towels and complementary soaps. The suite has its own adjoining private lounge and verandas which open out on to large attractive gardens. The lounge has Sky TV and WIFI, a welcoming log fire and cosy furnishings. Free complimentary tea and coffee. The Musterers Studio is attached to the 100 year old Homestead. It has been tastefully restyled to reflect the ambiance of staying in traditional NZ country farm style accommodation. The apartment has a comfortable super King bed with stylish bedding, warm duvets and cuddly throws. The welcoming fire place and cosy furnishings provide extra charm. The adjoining ensuite bathroom has a modern shower, bath robes, hair-dryer, cuddly towels and complementary soaps. An added bonus is the kitchenette which allows flexibility to prepare your own meals if you wish. The kitchen is fully equipped with a dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave, electric fry pan and outside BBQ. Choice of a cooked breakfast or continental served in your room at your request, outside on the veranda or in the farmhouse kitchen. Laundry facilities are also available in the Homestead. Sky TV and WIFI are available in the rooms.
House Rules
Pets not allowedNot suitable for childrenNo smoking
Bedrooms
1 Super King1 King
Bathrooms
2 Showers

Meet the host
Karen F
Hosting since June 2012
Languages spoken: English
Response Time: Within a few hours
Interaction with guestsOur guests love to interact with the farm animals. Help Karen feed the pet lambs and sheep. Children can collect the farm eggs from the chickens and take them back for breakfast. Meet the kune kune pigs Ginger and Wilby and meet Barney our resident donkey if you are lucky he may let out a delightful honk for you. You can also join Bruce and see a sheep shearing display or take a 4 wheel drive to the top of the hill country for some amazing views of the mountains. There is always thing to do here on the farm. But if you simply want to sit back and relax then Karetu is the place for you.

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Paradise34686538197
Paradise34686538197
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely Peaceful and Serene place to stay
Thoroughly enjoyed our two night stay. The room and joining lounge was beautiful, clean and even had an private outdoor spa which was more than we expected. We had breakfast and evenings meals during our stay and Karen's cooking was excellent.!!! Karen and Bruce where excellent hosts and will certainly return again.
Visited May 2022
Written 17 May 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Megan B
Megan B
Singapore, Singapore2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fantastic Farm Stay - fun for whole family!
We stayed one night at Karetu Downs and my kids did not want to leave. Bruce and Karen were very welcoming and kind. We loved the tour of the farm in Bruce's truck and my children loved feeding the animals and seeing Bruce sheer a sheep. Accommodation was simple, clean, and comfortable with comfy beds. Highly recommend!
Visited March 2017
Written 29 March 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
F2186ZVkaren
F2186ZVkaren
Thank you Megan and Eric for your lovely review we are delighted you all enjoyed staying here at our farm. Bruce loved taking you around the farm in the 4 wheel drive as you get to see some real NZ hill country. I particularly love to see the kids having fun feeding the pet sheep and getting close so they can feel their woolly coats. Thank you for staying at Karetu we enjoyed meeting your beautiful family. Best wishes Karen & Bruce
Written 30 March 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

alisterheath
alisterheath
London, United Kingdom1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Very warm and welcoming hosts in the most beautiful location
Karen and Bruce were so kind and friendly - we really enjoyed chatting to them over breakfast. The accommodation and location were beautiful and we had a really relaxing stay. The hot tub on the veranda was an added bonus. Our only regret is that we only booked to stay 2 nights.
Visited January 2017
Written 9 February 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
F2186ZVkaren
F2186ZVkaren
Thanks so much Alister for your super review. We very much enjoyed meeting you both. It's always a pleasure to hear that our guests have had a relaxing stay. I bet you have some great memories to share and stories to tell about your trip around beautiful New Zealand. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to show you our little peace of paradise. Best wishes Karen and Bruce
Written 11 February 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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What this rental offers
Entertainment
  • Television
Nearby
  • Golf course (within 30 mins drive)
  • Horse riding facilities
  • Tennis court
Parking
  • Secure parking available
Outdoor amenities
  • Balcony
  • Deck
  • Garage
  • Patio
  • Private yard
  • Terrace
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
Indoor amenities
  • Fireplace
  • Internet access
  • Cable television
Things to do
  • Fishing spots available
Bathroom and laundry
  • Hot bath
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided

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About the neighbourhood
The Waipara area is renowned for its vineyards and restaurants. Vineyards such as Pegasus Bay winery, Waipara Hills, Black Estate, Waipara Springs, Muddy Waters to name but a few offer great wine tasting and relaxing lunchtime experiences. Visit Hanmer Springs to take in the Hot spa pools or take a day trip to Kaikoura for whale watching. If you want to simply relax and take in the ambience of the NZ country side then Karetu Downs offers all this and much more. Come visit we would love to show you our 'little peace of paradise'.
Getting around
As we are in a rural country area it is essential to hire a car or campervan and drive out to the farm. Vehicles can be hired from Christchurch airport. .
Access
Car required
How to get there
We are 1 hours drive from Christchurch airport (64 km) by car. If you need a list of directions go to our website and click on the contacts page where you can find directions to the farm and a google map of the area. Amberely is our nearest township where there are some great restaurants,cafes and beautiful boutique shops. The Waipara vineyards are only 25 minutes drive and offer wonderful food and don't forget the award winning wines.
Activities nearby
Fishing spots availableGolf course (within 30 mins drive)Horse riding facilitiesTennis court

Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 3 pm Check out by 10 am
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed

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Frequently Asked Questions about Farm Stay Karetu Downs B&B Stunning Waipara Gorge

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