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Pahau Downs Farm Stay B&B

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Overview
2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
4 guests
1 night minimum 
Cottage
Pahau Downs is a tranquil hill farm set amidst stunning scenery in the Amuri Basin an hour from Christchurch. The farm stay is a self-contained cottage superbly furnished for your exclusive use as a base to explore North Canterbury. There is a heated swimming pool (summers only) for guests use. Superb walking.
House Rules
Pets not allowedKid friendlyNo smoking
Bedrooms
1 Double
Bathrooms
1 Full bath

Meet the host
Richard B
Hosting since April 2015
Languages spoken: English
Response Time: Within a few hours

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Reviews (15)
Sarah K
Sarah K
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Perfect hosts and farm stay.
We searched for a while to find an authentic farm to stay during our two week trip to NZ. Upon finding Pahau Downs we booked for our final two nights - and we really did save the best to last. The farm is perfect, the hosts, Richard and Antoinette, along with their family, are wonderful, and the cottage is beautiful. We really couldn't have asked for any more for our final two nights. The cottage has everything you could need and the hot tub/swimming pool are lovely. The farm tour is a must and the two roast meals we shared with the family were fantastic. I really do wish I'd got the recipe for the cheesecake as it is still being talked! If you are considering booking here then don't hesitate, it really is perfect.
Visited January 2019
Written 23 January 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
704RichardW2014
704RichardW2014
Thank you very much for your kind review, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Pahau Downs and look forward to seeing you again.
Written 24 January 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Rodney P
Rodney P
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A peaceful haven, ideal for unwinding, relaxing and taking long walks in the beautiful countryside.
We stayed for 2 nights at this delightful Farm Stay B & B, in a very comfortable modern Cottage set in the grounds of the Farmstead and surrounded by a picturesque rural landscape. There are self catering facilities in the Cottage, a BBQ on the terrace and a swimming pool in the garden. The owners were extremely friendly and helpful and provided us with some delicious meals, upon request. We took the Farm Tour on our second day, with the farmer driving us around his 5,500 acres of very scenic undulating hills, a most enjoyable experience and also educational, as it gave us an insight into farming life in New Zealand. A very peaceful haven, ideal for unwinding, relaxing and taking long walks in the beautiful countryside. Highly recommended ! P.S. A Pegasus Bay Vineyards lunch en route from Christchurch is worth considering but would need to be booked a couple of weeks in advance.
Visited February 2018
Written 31 March 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

ane-lulu
ane-lulu
Dragoer, Denmark4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Peaceful and beautiful surroundings with all the friendliest hosts
We booked for 2 nights but wished we have booked for much longer. The hosts Richard and Antoinette are so friendly and down to earth, and you relax the moment you enter their beautiful farm. We were two adults and a kid, and we enjoyed everything the farm has to offer. The pool and the sweet dogs were a big hit with the young one, and my boyfriend and I really enjoyed the farmtour Richards was kind enough to take us on. But the highlight of our stay besides the stunning surroundings, was the hospitality from Antoinette and Richard, especially the home cooked dinners which we recommend anybody staying there to enjoy. Whenever we come back to New Zealand again we defiantly wish to visit Richard, Antoinette, Sniffo and her two girls.
Visited January 2018
Written 18 March 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
704RichardW2014
704RichardW2014
Thank you for your very kind review. We will look forward to seeing you again.
Written 19 March 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

James Campbell
James Campbell
Hong Kong, China2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A Bucolic Retreat in the north Canterbury Plains
A group of four of us recently completed a most enjoyable couple of nights staying at Pahau Downs with Richard and Antionette in the well appointed guest accommodtion situated on the farm that they own on the edge of the north Canterbury Plains. Here, Richard works some 5,000 acres of mainly undulating grazing land broken by intermittent areas of native tree cover and steep sided ravines A highlight of our stay was a tour of the farm with Richard in his 4X4 which was put through its paces negotiating the rough hill side tracks that gave access to his herds of grazing Aberdeen Angus beef cattle and flocks of Romney Marsh sheep. Further highights of our visit were the delicois evening meals that Antionette is happy to prepare for guests upon request in her spacious family home. Pahau Downs was altogether, a litte piece of paradise far removed from the stresses of our workaday city lives.
Visited February 2018
Written 8 March 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
704RichardW2014
704RichardW2014
Thank you for your very kind review. So glad you enjoyed your stay.
Written 9 March 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

MarelleDW
MarelleDW
Sydney, Australia13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A Hidden Gem
The cottage at Pahau Downs provides spacious and well equipped accommodation with generous breakfast supplies including delicious homemade jams and yoghurt. The tranquil scenery provides a good contrast to the coast and the location is a good stop between the east and west coast. The cottage feels remote, but is easy to find and not too far from the main road. Our only regret was not ordering the lamb dinner, all the comments in the visitors book gave it rave reviews.
Visited January 2018
Written 18 January 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
704RichardW2014
704RichardW2014
Thank you very much for you kind words. Next time we can do the lamb roast.
Written 19 January 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Fritz O
Fritz O
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderful place to stay
We stayed one night and regretted not having time for a longer stay. The guesthouse is wonderful, with a lot of space, great beads and stoning views over the landscape. Kids enjoined the dogs and the large pool very much. Richard provided a great impression of the farm work in NZ during the farm tour. The farm dinner was delicious and we had a very nice chat with the host family.
Visited January 2018
Written 15 January 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
704RichardW2014
704RichardW2014
Thank you so much for your wonderful review
Written 16 January 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

emhills2017
emhills2017
Christchurch, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fantastic accommodation with stunning views!
Such a beautiful, peaceful place to stay. Everything you could want is provided, down to the delicious home made preserves with the breakfast selection! Only 10-15 mins to Hanmer Springs Thermal Resort, and many delightful shops there too. You can't help but relax, in this peaceful location. We were even offered the owner's swimming pool and spa, to swim in! Comfy beds, and couches, everything is decorated to a high level. I would have no hesitation recommending this place as a delightful stop on any vacation. The owners were very approachable, informing us with local knowledge, and great things to do. Thank you.
Visited April 2017
Written 10 April 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
704RichardW2014
704RichardW2014
Thanks for this nice review Glad you enjoyed your stay
Written 12 April 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Louise H
Louise H
Stockholm, Sweden20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Farmstay
Our family had a great stay! Interesting and beautiful tour, lovely house, the kids loved the dogs and pool!
Visited February 2017
Written 3 March 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

AlpinaNZ
AlpinaNZ
Auckland, New Zealand6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fantastic country cottage
We arrived late in the evening after dinner at Hanmer Springs, to a roaring fire and a wonderfully warm cottage. It is very spacious and roomy, for our travelling group of 3 adults and one child, and we particularly loved the puppies who came along with Richard to welcome us. They came to visit the next morning, which is when we found the wonderful view outside our windows, and the incredible breakfast which had been provided for us. Modern, warm, clean and very nicely decorated, this was We highly recommend the cottage, and Richard and Antoinette as hosts.
Visited July 2016 Travelled with family
Written 17 July 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

sukiaddington
sukiaddington
Somerset, United Kingdom4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Heaven!
We loved this panoramic heavenly spot... The cottage was extremely comfortable and well appointed, and the owners Antoinette and Richard were very hospitalble and caring and made sure we had everything we needed. We swam in the perfectly heated pool and enjoyed all the magnicent views... Richard took us on a fascinating farm tour and showed us more of this beautiful extensive farm... We will definitely be back for more!
Visited February 2016 Travelled as a couple
Written 1 March 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
704RichardW2014
704RichardW2014
Thank you for your review
Written 4 March 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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What this rental offers
Bathroom and laundry
  • Iron
  • Hot bath
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Scenic views
  • Mountain views
Living spaces
  • Highchair
Things to do
  • Fishing spots available
  • Skiing available
  • Watersports
Indoor amenities
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Internet access
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
Kitchen and dining
  • Grill
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Cooker
  • Toaster
Outdoor amenities
  • Balcony
  • Deck
  • Playground
  • Shared outdoor pool (heated)
  • Swingset
  • Terrace
Nearby
  • Golf course (within 30 mins drive)
  • Horse riding facilities
  • Hiking areas
  • Countryside area
Parking
  • Parking available
Additional amenities
  • Trampoline

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Map
About the neighbourhood
If driving from Christchurch you could stop off at Pegasus Bay Winery or Blacks for lunch. From the North you should do the Whale Watch.
Access
Car required
How to get there
Directions to Pahau Downs   Take state Highway One North out of Christchurch. Having gone through Amberley, after 10km turn west onto State Highway Seven (marked Hanmer Springs, Lewis Pass). The road continues over the Weka Pass, through the edge of Waikarii, past the Hurunii Hotel (an old stage coach stop), over the Hurunii bridge. Route One Continue straight to the village of Culverden, turn left along school road past the school to a T junction (1.1 km). Turn right, follow road till you see the sign for Pahau Downs Road, turn right(4.3 km). Un sealed, you reach the new Homestead on right after big dip in the road (6 km). Route Two Just after the Hurunii, bridge turn left through the Balmoral forest until you reach the Balmoral Homestead (which is on the left)(11.4 km). Sharp right bend, follow straight road for two miles, over small single lane bridge (Pahau River). Half a mile further turn left down Pahau Downs Road (19.1 km), which is un sealed, you reach the new Homestead on right after big dip in the road. (two and a half miles).
Activities nearby
Fishing spots availableGolf course (within 30 mins drive)Horse riding facilitiesSkiing availableWatersports

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 8 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed

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Pahau Downs Farm Stay B&B is able to accommodate up to 4 guests. See all property details.

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