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1 / 14 Karetu Downs Farm Stay 4 bedroom Farm Cottage

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Description from owner

Description from owner

Bedrooms 4 / Bathroom 1 / Sleeps 8 / Guest house
Bedrooms: 4  Bathroom: 1   Sleeps: 8  Type: Guest house

1 Full bath

"Karetu Downs" Farm House Accommodation Stunning Waipara Gorge
TripAdvisor property ID 3539382

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Book this 4 bedroom guest house in Hawarden today! A total of 8 people can sleep here comfortably.

Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 28 reviews.

Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $698 to as high as $1182, depending on travel dates.

The owner last updated the property’s calendar Mar 20, 2018.

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About the owner

About the owner

Karen F.
Calendar last updated:
20 Mar 2018
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English



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: ($76.92) $100.00
No smoking at this property
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Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Hawarden,-south-island Attractions




  • Fireplace
  • Linen provided
  • Safe
  • Towels provided
  • Washing machine

Phone / Internet

  • Internet access
  • Telephone

Property Features

  • Mountain Views
  • Parking


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • TV
  • Video player


  • Balcony or terrace
  • Shared garden


  • Children
  • Pets
  • Smoking allowed


  • 1 Full bath


Reviews (28)

Excellent – based on 28 reviews Excellent
28 reviews

Very Good


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.

“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.

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

“Great place to stay.”

Reviewed 11 Nov 2013

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.

Response from the owner 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

“Perfect Weekend Getaway”

Reviewed 14 Jun 2013

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 :)

“A Jewell in the Country”

Reviewed 10 Jun 2013

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!

Response from the owner 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

“Ideal rural getaway!”

Reviewed 5 Jun 2013

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.


Reviewed 30 May 2013

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!

“An idyllic escape”

Reviewed 4 May 2013

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.

“Beautiful location, fantastic hosts”

Reviewed 21 Mar 2013

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.

“Peace of paradise!”

Reviewed 10 Mar 2013

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.

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