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'Karetu Downs' Farm House Accommodation Stunning Waipara Gorge

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Karetu Downs Farm Stay 4 bedroom Farm Cottage
Emma with lamb
Guest bottle feeding the lamb
1 of 14Karetu Downs Farm Stay 4 bedroom Farm Cottage
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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.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bathrooms
1 Full bath
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About the Owner
Karen F
Languages spoken:English
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:June 2012
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Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Such a special spot to get away to from the city. Our boys loved the animals...feeding and playing with them. Karen and Bruce are very generous with their time to show you around and talk farming. The cottage has everything including a lovely fire. This...More

Date of stay: July 2017
Thank EmmafromNelson
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Reviewed 2 May 2016

We stayed at the Karetu Downs cottage with our three young children, we all had an amazing time - the location is beautiful and quiet, the hosts are friendly, and there's lots to do with the kids - walks, playing down at the river, exploring,...More

Date of stay: April 2016
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F2186ZVkaren, VR Owner at 'Karetu Downs' Farm House Accommodation Stunning Waipara Gorge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2016

Thank you so much Amanda for your great review. Really pleased everyone enjoyed exploring the farm and meeting the farm animals. The dogs will miss playing with the kids. Best wishes and if you are back in NZ don't forget to look us up :)...More

Reviewed 13 December 2015

We had a great time at Karetu Downs farmstay, Karin and Bruce are wonderful en their hospitality is great. The place is so quiet and peaceful you only hear the birds:) I fed the lambs and Bruce taught me how to shear a sheep. And...More

Date of stay: November 2015
Thank Marian S
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F2186ZVkaren, VR Owner at 'Karetu Downs' Farm House Accommodation Stunning Waipara Gorge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2015

Thanks Marian-it was lovely meeting you and Jessica. We enjoyed your company and really loved showing you around the farm. We love giving our guests the opportunity of experiencing life on a real New Zealand farm complete with sheep shearing, feeding lambs, meeting Ginger and...More

Reviewed 27 November 2015

On our trip to south island from Australia, we stayed at Karetu downs for two days. The farm house is big enough for two families and very well equipped. We had a relaxing stay with our one year old girl who enjoyed the roaming around...More

Date of stay: October 2015
Thank 46neelimas
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F2186ZVkaren, VR Owner at 'Karetu Downs' Farm House Accommodation Stunning Waipara Gorge, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2015

Thanks so much for your lovely comments V. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Karetu and you all are definitely welcome back any time x

Reviewed 4 December 2014

We stayed B&B in the homestead, which was akin to staying with family such was the relaxed and friendly manner of Karen and Bruce who shared their table with us as if we were indeed part of the family. Our accommodation could not be faulted;...More

Date of stay: November 2014
Thank johnaitchy1943
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Reviewed 24 November 2014

Spacious 4 bed cottage on beautiful farm by Waipara river. Perfect for family gatherings or large groups of friends. We have stayed twice in recent months and it will now be a frequent holiday spot for us. The hosts Karen and Bruce are very welcoming...More

Date of stay: November 2014
Thank Lynne R
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Reviewed 23 November 2014

When we stayed at your place we had such a great time so thankyou so much. I still remember going out looking for rabbits the nite we got there and it was raining lol. Hope our son didnt leave too many carcasis behind? Going out...More

Date of stay: April 2014
Thank Deborah R
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Reviewed 14 November 2014

We had a wonderful time at Karetu Downs. Karen and Bruce were wonderful hosts - introducing our young children to all the animals. They were very friendly and helpful and welcoming. Nothing was a problem. Plenty to do and lots walks and bike rides all...More

Date of stay: September 2014
Thank Lou S
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Management response:Responded 21 November 2014

Thanks guys we enjoyed showing the kids the pet lambs, Kevin the calf and the Kune Kune pigs Ginger pig and Wilby and I know they had fun feeding them. So pleased you enjoyed mountain biking the hill country too. It was a pleasure meeting...More

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Christchurch
Reviewed 31 March 2014

Date of stay: March 2014
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Wellington
Reviewed 16 November 2013

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Date of stay: October 2013
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Management response:Responded 16 November 2013

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Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Alarm Clock
Balcony
Books
Suitable For Children Under 5
Dishwasher
Fireplace
Freezer
Refrigerator
Garage
Internet Access
Linens Provided
Local Guides/Maps
Microwave
Mountain Views
Outdoor Dining Area
Paper Towels Provided
Parking
Porch
Safe
Shared Garden
Stereo System
Cooker
Telephone
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
VCR
Washer
Water Views
Fishing Nearby
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Horse Riding Nearby
City Getaway
Cycling Trips
Hiking Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
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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
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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 if you cancel thereafter

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Frequently Asked Questions about 'Karetu Downs' Farm House Accommodation Stunning Waipara Gorge

'Karetu Downs' Farm House Accommodation Stunning Waipara Gorge is able to accommodate up to 8 guests. See all property details.

'Karetu Downs' Farm House Accommodation Stunning Waipara Gorge has one bathroom available. See all property details.

'Karetu Downs' Farm House Accommodation Stunning Waipara Gorge has 4 bedrooms available. See all property details.

Stays at 'Karetu Downs' Farm House Accommodation Stunning Waipara Gorge must last at least one night. See all property details.