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'Karetu Downs' Farm House Accommodation Stunning Waipara Gorge

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Emma with lamb
Guest shearing the sheep
Children grain feeding the sheep

Overview
4 bedrooms
1 bathroom
8 guests
1 night minimum 
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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 avail...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: Stay in the luxury of the 100 year old Homestead which has an expansive attractive garden setting or the Karetu Downs Farm Cottage which is a private self contained house which sleeps up to 8 people.
House Rules
Pet-friendlyKid friendlyNo smoking
Bedrooms
2 Kings1 Double1 Bunk
Bathrooms
1 Full bath

Meet the host
Karen F
Hosting since June 2012
Languages spoken: English
Response Time: Within a few hours

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Tracey and Marty Peoples -:- Christchurch
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great place to stay.
Loved the place. We spent 3 nights at Karetu Downs with our 3 children. The farm cottage is fantastic, roomy, warm and has a great kitchen. Bruce and Karen were very friendly and welcoming. Perfect spot for our horses, to stay and ride. As the river was up our kids also had fun in their kayaks. Not far from home, but far enough away for a decent break.
Visited September 2013
Written 11 November 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Thank you Tracey and Martin for the lovely review. Many thanks for sending though the super photos of martin and the kids riding the horses on Karetu and I especially liked the photo of the kids kayaking on the river as well. Hope to see you all again soon. Karen & Bruce
Written 11 November 2013. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Nathan -:- Christchurch
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Perfect Weekend Getaway
Karen and Bruce are friendly and welcoming. The house is secluded, quiet and peaceful making it perfect for a weekend getaway out of the city! Would definitely return :)
Visited June 2013
Written 14 June 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Tracey and Andrew Grace -:- Christhchurch
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A Jewell in the Country
Karetu Downs is a wonderful place to take our children on a holiday to experience farm/country life and for us to just have a break. The cottage is setup to feel like it is your own home and has everything that you need. The location is great, wonderful views, gorgeous countryside and it's only a 1 hour drive from Christchurch which is an added bonus. Our children loved visiting and feeding the farm animals, Barney the Donkey was their favourite. When they are older it will great to take them tramping, mountain biking, fishing and swimming as it is all on your doorstep. Karen and Bruce are lovely hosts that make you feel right at home on their farm and always make time to stop and talk with you and their share knowledge, history and things to do. It is all too easy and too peaceful for us to not come back again. Thanks a lot for a wonderful stay!
Visited June 2013
Written 10 June 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Hi Andrew and Tracey thanks for your super review. We loved having you stay and the kids were a delight.Its great to see the smiles on their little faces when they see the animals. Next time you come we will take you out on the hills so you can experience some fantastic NZ hill country views. Regards Karen & Bruce
Written 10 June 2013. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Lynne -:- Christchurch
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Ideal rural getaway!
This farm stay is so close to Christchurch which makes it a perfect getaway. The hosts are very friendly and knowledgeable about their area. The house is delightful with beautiful gardens surrounding it. We loved the super comfy bedroom and especially the spacious private lounge that goes with the b and b stay, along with tv and cds and magazines and books for relaxing time. Would love to come in the summer and see the gardens then.
Visited June 2013
Written 5 June 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Ira & Anne -:- Christchurch
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stunning!!!
What a beautiful place, - a really top notch, rustic, comfortable, cosy, scenic, wonderful place. Great job Karen & Bruce. We stayed in the B&B; on our wedding night, we loved unwinding in the spa, before a wonderful sleep and sumptuous breakfast. Beautiful lounge and so many little points of interest! More than worth it!!! Just stunning!
Visited April 2013
Written 30 May 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Selva -:- Auckland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
An idyllic escape
Thank you Karen for a perfect weekend. The cottage and garden were much larger than expected and very well maintained; the farm provided great opportunities for 4 wheel driving, walking and paragliding; and you and your husband proved invaluable sources of information on good sites for different activities and on what is in the local surrounds. We would not hesitate to give you our highest recommendation, and we hope we will have the chance to stay again.
Visited March 2013
Written 4 May 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Jack -:- Sydney
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful location, fantastic hosts
Karetu downs is in an absolutely stunning location. Karen and Bruce are also very friendly hosts. This is a great place to relax and enjoy some peace.
Visited February 2013
Written 21 March 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Rebecca -:- ChCh
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Peace of paradise!
This is the most amazing place to stay!!! So close to chch but it feels like you are a million miles away...such a tranquil setting to totally unwind in. We have stayed numerous times and never want to leave. The beauty of the surroundings combined with the sound of silence makes it the best place ever to relax. The owners are really lovely people and go out of their way to make sure you are happy. Can't recommend it more highly.
Visited February 2013
Written 10 March 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

NicolleS_13
NicolleS_13
Chicago, IL1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Gorgeous views, heart-warming hospitality!
Bruce and Karen were incredibly hospitable to my husband and I. We stayed here for a couple of nights following our arrival in the country, and it was a wonderful way to rest up while still enjoying the country and getting new experiences. After leaving the farmstay, we spent two and a half weeks around the South Island, and yet some of my best photos are definitely from this stay! We enjoyed walking around the farm and mountain biking on their trails. The location is perfect and I highly recommend the farmstay to anyone!
Visited December 2012 Travelled as a couple
Written 8 January 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Hi Nicolle and Paul hope you are both well and have had a lovely Christmas and New Year. Many thanks for the great review. Bruce and I enjoyed meeting the two of you and were pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Take care and Best wishes for 2013 Karen and Bruce
Written 7 January 2013. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

D Percy -:- Christchurch
5.0 of 5 bubbles
peaceful retreat
Great hosts and an amazingly peaceful environment to relax in. Many Thanks
Visited November 2012
Written 27 November 2012. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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What this rental offers
Kitchen and dining
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Cooker
  • Toaster
Nearby
  • Golf course (within 30 mins drive)
  • Horse riding facilities
  • Hiking areas
  • Countryside area
Things to do
  • Fishing spots available
  • Cycling areas
Indoor amenities
  • Fireplace
  • Internet access
Location info
  • City getaway
Entertainment
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Television
Scenic views
  • Mountain views
  • Waterfront views
Bathroom and laundry
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Outdoor amenities
  • Balcony
  • Garage
  • Terrace
Parking
  • Parking available

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Map
Getting there
Christchurch Intl Airport
49.5 km
Attractions
Iron Ridge Quarry Sculpture Park
6.8 kmArt Galleries
About the neighbourhood
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.
Access
Car required
How to get there
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. Travel past the Iron ridge Quarry. You will leave the sealed road and continue on to a gravel road. We are approximately 8.2 kilometres from the start of the gravel road. You will see a large mail box on the left hand side of the road it has a cabbage tree and round boulder beside it, the name on the mail box is BM and KM Forrester. Turn left and go up the drive.
Activities nearby
Fishing spots availableGolf course (within 30 mins drive)Horse riding facilities

Things to know
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 100% refund* if you cancel at least 2 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed
Notes from owner
$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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