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"Karetu Downs" Farm House Accommodation Stunning Waipara Gorge – Home 3539382 Guest house

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 8 sleeps
  • 1 night min stay

"Karetu Downs" Farm House Accommodation Stunning Waipara Gorge – Home 3539382

  • Guest house
  • 4 bedrooms
  • sleeps 8
  • 1 night min stay

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 48 mi
  • Child Friendly
  • Car essential
  • Pet Friendly

Description from owner

Description

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.

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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 2: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 3: Full bed
    Bedroom 4: Bunk bed
  • 1 Full bath

Amenities

  • Mountain Views
  • Shared garden
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Fireplace
  • Safe
  • Stove
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • TV
  • Video player
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Telephone
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Policies

Payment
This rental can only be paid for online through FlipKey using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: ($68.17) $100.00
Smoking
No smoking at this property

Cancellations

Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

100% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least two weeks before check-in.

2 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 2 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

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About the owner

Karen F.
Calendar last updated:
21 Apr 2020
Years listed:
10
Based in:
New Zealand
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Languages spoken: English

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Reviews

Excellent
28 reviews

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“Refresh on the farm”

Reviewed 20 Jul 2017

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… More

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“Great family holiday”

Reviewed 1 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… More

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Response from the owner 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 :) we would love to see you all again. Karen & Bruce

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“Great hospitality”

Reviewed 13 Dec 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 taugh… More

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Response from the owner 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 Wilbur the kune kune pigs and of course Barney the Donkey. Best wishes for a lovely Christmas-you are welcome to come back anytime Thanks so much x

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“Splendid stay, beautiful property,gracious hosts”

Reviewed 26 Nov 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 g… More

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Response from the owner 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

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“Kiwi hospitality at its best”

Reviewed 3 Dec 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 fa… More

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“Beautiful location and very accommodating hosts”

Reviewed 23 Nov 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 fo… More

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“AWESOME PLACE TO STAY :-)”

Reviewed 22 Nov 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 ma… More

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“Perfect farmstay for families”

Reviewed 13 Nov 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 prob… More

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Response from the owner 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 everyone and we look forward to seeing you all again soon. Karen & Bruce

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“Peaceful”

Reviewed 30 Mar 2014

Great, peaceful, away from the city weekend , absolutely delightful stay , wonderful hosts and who would have known we had so many mutual friends known to us all.

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“A very peaceful place to stay.”

Reviewed 16 Nov 2013

An amazing place to unwind, great hosts, great bedroom and lounge beautiful gardens, lovely river walks.

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Response from the owner Thank you Barbara and Nick. Bruce and I enjoyed meeting you both and were pleased you enjoyed staying with us. Congratulations to Nick selling his sculpture at Art in a garden too. Best wishes Karen & Bruce

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FAQs

How do I find more info about the property?

You can get in touch with Karen (the owner) through the contact form on this page.

If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your booking to send the owner a message.

What if I have questions before I book?

Send Karen (the owner) an email through the contact form on this page. Alternatively, if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

How do I contact Karen (the owner)?

Send an email through the contact form on this page. Or if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your booking to view Karen the owner's contact details or send them a message.

What's the difference between 'Book your stay' and 'Contact the owner/manager'?

Use the Ready to book? form to pay provisionally online and send Karen (the owner) a booking request. You’ll find out within 24 hours whether they’ve accepted - no money will leave your account before then

Or send Karen (the owner) an inquiry through the Contact the owner/manager form if you’d like a quote or more info first.

What is a booking request?

When you pay online through the Ready to book? form, a booking request is sent to Karen (the owner). You’ll find out within 24 hours whether they’ve accepted - no money will leave your account before then.

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How do I know my booking is safe?

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How do I know what it will cost for my stay?

Simply enter your dates in the Ready to book? form to calculate the cost of your stay.
Click Book now to see a full breakdown of the price.

You can also request a quote from Karen (the owner) through the contact form. The owner will email you the total cost for your dates and a link to book and pay online.

How do I know if my booking request has been accepted?

You’ll receive an email within 24 hours to let you know. Or you can check in Manage your booking. No money will leave your account unless it’s accepted.

How do I pay for my vacation?

Use the Ready to book? form to pay provisionally online. You can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal. Karen (the owner) will have 24 hours to accept the booking and no money will leave your account before then.

If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your booking.

Only bookings paid for through our site are covered by our trusted Payment Protection.

Why can't I call Karen (the owner) before booking?

You can exchange contact details with the property owner/manager once your booking is confirmed and you’ve paid in full. Paying and communicating only through our platform allows us to ensure that your booking is covered by our Payment Protection policy.

If you have any questions before booking, you can send the property owner/manager a message via the contact form on their listing. Once you’ve booked, you can discuss the rental and make arrangements for your trip by logging into Manage your booking.

How do damage deposits work?

In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

How can I view and manage my booking?

Go to Manage your booking to view all your booking details, pay the balance of your booking or cancel it if you need to.

How do I pay the balance of my booking?

You can pay the remaining balance of your booking at any point. Simply go to Manage your booking and click Pay now.

We’ll automatically charge the balance payment to the same payment method 10 days before it’s due. Go to Manage your booking to see when the payment will be taken.

How can I withdraw my booking request?

You’ll need to contact Karen (the owner) to do this. Send them a message in Manage your booking or through the contact form on this page.

How do I cancel my booking?

Go to Manage your booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

How do I make changes to my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your booking page. To change your dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Karen (the owner) a message.

If Karen (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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