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Wellington, New Zealand
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153 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I only stayed a night and this did not do justice to the wonderful building and hosts. Splendid lounge and oh so comfortable a bed. So comfortable I slept through the earthquake on 14 November. And only an hour from Christchurch this is a much better alternative than a hotel. Scrumptious breakfast. A place worth staying again. Now I must... More 

Thank holdenman
Sue R, Owner at St. Itas Guesthouse, responded to this review

Thanks for your fabulous review, so glad that you enjoyed your stay and had a great sleep. I am hoping the earthquakes haven't inconvenienced you now that your home. We look forward to seeing you back here in the near future. More 

Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed here for three nights at the start of our holiday, then again for another two prior to leaving NZ, it has good quick ( 35 mins ) access to Christchurch Airport. Our host welcomed us with a cuppa in front of an open fire on a cool wet night. The Rose room proved to be warm and comfortable and... More 

Thank mrwaynenorwood
Sue R, Owner at St. Itas Guesthouse, responded to this review

Hi Wayne & Linda Thank you for your review, we are pleased that you found St Itas comfortable and enjoyed your stay. I hope you had a good trip home and that you have caught up with the jet lag. It has been an interesting 12 hours here in NZ with a huge earthquake in Nth Canterbury (was quite scary... More 

Edmonton, Canada
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23 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

Beautiful property with wonderful hosts. Excellent breakfast in the morning. Only stayed one night but will visit again. First class experience with wonderful room. Made very welcome on arrival and shown all amenities including relaxing lounge area with open fire. Room spotless, warm and quiet. A must stay for anyone visiting Rakaia. Also excellent Wifi connection.

Thank Garry H
Sue R, Owner at St. Itas Guesthouse, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing St Itas Guesthouse so favourably. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope that the rest of your trip through the North Island is as pleasurable. We look forward to meeting with you again. More 

Level Contributor
43 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

This former school and convent is simply gorgeous. Not only does it look good on the outside, it is beautiful inside too. The lounge especially is stunning with its open fireplace and lovely furniture. The bedrooms are spacious, comfortable and stylish also. Breakfast was wonderful. I had a cooked breakfast. Sue and Gavin are very nice people and made me... More 

Thank Kelly P
Sue R, Owner at St. Itas Guesthouse, responded to this review

Hi Kelly, thanks for taking the time to write a review for St Ita's Guesthouse, have been thinking of you especially when looking at some of the weather conditions you maybe encountering during the next bit of your travels. It was lovely meeting you and all the best for the final part of your huge journey. More 

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110 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Stayed here for 2 nights in the rose room. Comfortable bed and cosy on a cold night. Looked out over the garden. Part of an big old historic house. Lovely guest sitting room complete with wood fire and comfy lounges. Nice walk nearby and short drive to Rakaia Gorge. Very welcoming and friendly hosts Sue & Gavin. Would recommend.

Thank Cebbd
Sue R, Owner at St. Itas Guesthouse, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing our guesthouse and taking the time to write a review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay here at St Ita's in Rakaia, and hope that the rest of your holiday in the South Island is just as enjoyable. More 

Frankston South
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16 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2016

We stayed at this place on the way to Mt Cook, and am so glad we did. It is a little isolated, and had only 2 pubs to eat nearby, which were very quaint and had only locals, which was great. But the guesthouse itself is a hidden gem. Once a catholic convent and school, it is packed with original... More 

Thank elizross
Sue R, Owner at St. Itas Guesthouse, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing your experience here at St Ita's. It is great that you enjoyed your stay here and enjoyed this beautiful house and its history. All the best and we hope to see you again. More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2016

Spent one night en route back to Christchurch, on recommendation of friends. Wonderful B and B with quite a history. Beautiful setting, great hosts, top breakfast. Sue and Gavin have just taken over and have plans to make changes to enhance St Itas. Pity we did not have the time to explore the area, so must return. Highly recommend. Stayed... More 

1 Thank john s
Sue R, Owner at St. Itas Guesthouse, responded to this review

It is great to hear that you enjoyed your stay here and beautiful surrounds. We are glad to hear that the accommodation didn't disappoint. We would be most happy to welcome you back in the future. Thanking you again. More 

Bowen, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 April 2016

Great building with beautiful gardens. Sue and Gavin were great host and cooked us a wonderful breakfast. Large lounge room for sitting and having a wine in front of the fire place. Perfect for a weekend away and only a short drive from Christchurch.

1 Thank rosebay2015
Sue R, Owner at St. Itas Guesthouse, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing your experience here, as new owners when you arrive, it is wonderful to receive a great review. Gavin especially is pleased that his cooked breakfast didn't disappoint. Thanking you again. More 

Level Contributor
12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2016

We stayed one night here after a long drive through the country. This is an especially nice home with a lovely garden. It's quiet, the hosts (owners) are hospitable and the rooms and lounge area homey and comfortable.

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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2015

Lovely building, beautiful woodwork restoration and lovely garden. Made very welcome by Miriam and Ken, they made us tea, served on the verrander when we arrived. Great sitting room for guests with tv and snooker room. Bed was a little soft for us but room and ensuite was good. Would have liked to asked more about the renovation of the... More 

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  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Enjoy the elegant and comfortable accommodation that St Itas, a former Convent, can provide. St Itas is sited in Rakaia Township, just 40 minutes from Christchurch Airport on State Highway 1. Great first and last stop and base for exploring the Ashburton area. Four rooms: one with a private bathroom , the rest with ensuites, refreshment trays, electric blankets and extra heating, garden views . Guest lounge with Sky TV, DVD player and open fire. Large garden. Free Wi-Fi. Great breakfasts. Walking distance to pubs, cafes, crafts and River Terrace Walkway. Short distance to salmon fishing, Mt Hutt Skiing, Golf,Hot air ballooning, jet boating, bush walks. ... more   less 

Additional Information about St. Itas Guesthouse

Address: 11 Rakaia Barrhill Methven Road | Ashburton District, Rakaia 7710, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Rakaia
Price Range: ₹ 6,634 - ₹ 7,045 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — St. Itas Guesthouse 3.5*
Number of rooms: 4
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“Any room would be great.”
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“The Rose room, where we stayed was excellent.”
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“We stayed in the rose room - great view of the garden outside and you have your own bathroom!”
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