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About North Canterbury, New Zealand

Descending from the “Dry Hills” of southern Marlborough a quite fantastic sight greets you – the stunning Pacific coastline of North Cnterbury! Flanked by the majestic Kaikoura Ranges on the landward side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, this is a trip of pure magic.

Buy your dinner absolutely fresh from a roadside crayfish stall. Go whale watching or swim with the dolphins at Kaikoura; ski at Mt. Lyford then head inland to the fabled hot pools of Hanmer Springs.

See the strange limestone formations and explore the wild rivers of the Hurunui or sample the wines of Waipara.

Here is our selection of North Canterbury B&B's

Karetu Downs Farm Stay

Amberley

Prices from $195 to $220

15 minutes to Waipara vineyards. 1 hour from Christchurch.

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63 km north of Christchurch and one hours drive from Christchurch airport 100 year old Karetu Downs Homestead offers luxury accommodation for guests to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the country side while staying on a real New Zealand sheep and beef farm.

The Louisa Suite has a comfortable queen size bed with warm cosy bedding and modern ensuite. The charming private lounge attached to the suite is an added bonus for guests to relax and compliments the room beautifully.

The Musterers studio has a comfortable super King bed with stylish bedding, warm duvets and cuddly throws. The welcoming fire place and cosy furnishings provide extra charm. The kitchenette allows flexibility to prepare your own meals if you wish.
Free wifi available in both rooms.

Karetu Cottage is a wonderful 4 bedroom fully furnished farm house ideally suited for families and larger groups.

Karetu Downs is a 2,000 hectare property situated in the Waipara Gorge North Canterbury. The hill country farm rises to just on 3 thousand feet above sea level. A climb to the top of the farm through tussock tracks provide outstanding views over the countryside looking back to the Southern Alps, the east coast and Christchurch the surrounding areas are breath taking.

Easy drive to Hanmer Springs hot pools, Kaikoura whale watch, Waipara vineyards/cafes and restaurants.

Barbs Place

Waipara

Prices from $180

Less than 1hr North of Christchurch

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PROFESSIONAL KIWI HOSTED HOMESTAY
Geoff and Barb, we are your kiwi hosts and we will ensure you have a great time while in our home. Barb is a qualified chef so it is no trouble for her to create a stunning home style dinner using locally grown fresh products. In season Geoff grows all his own vegetables. Barb has traveled extensively and worked in hotels throughout Europe and England, She also spent a number of years in the Philadelphia USA region working for private families as their gourmet chef and returned to NZ in 2000.
Geoff mainly kept his travel within NZ and has been involved in his own business ventures. We are relaxed fun couple who enjoy good food and company.
Barbs Place is a 100 year young house that has been renovated in keeping with its style and retaining all of its character and charm. It is a warm inviting place that you cannot help but enjoy.
We are in the middle of Canterburys premier wine growing area with a number of wineries. A wine tour with Barb takes you to the boutique wineries and gives you a 2 course meal and a bottle of local wine per couple. NZD$120.00 per person.
We are less than 1hrs drive from the Hanmer Thermal Pools that are a must to visit and soak away any travel stress.
The Kaikaura Whale Watch Tours are an easy 1 1/2hr drive through the hills of North Canterbury and along the very picturest Kaikoura coast. Whales are present all year round and a great experience.

Marchmont Gardens

Hanmer Springs

Prices from $220 to $270

2 hours north of Christchurch 1hr 40 west of Kaikoura

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Our studio apartments, Mt Isobel and Mt Dunblane, have small kitchenettes (microwave no hob) so you can book either as a self catering guest or full bed and breakfast. The often complimented breakfast may be delivered to you at your selected time to enjoy in your apartment or in the garden. There is a barbecue for you to use.

Each apartment is 44sm, with large bathrooms where you can enjoy the luxury toiletries. The lounge and dining area has great views through the gardens to the mountains beyond.

Guests are spoilt for choice with great cafes and restaurants in Hanmer as well as the world renowned Thermal Pools.

Golfers can just walk down our garden path to the course which has hire clubs and carts. We have sets of clubs that may be used for free when not in use.

Mountain bike and walking tracks abound through the forest. We have bikes for our guests that are free to use. Jet boating, quad biking and bungee jumping are all close at hand.

Shopping is a must our little boutique shops provide all the retail therapy you may require.

Austin Heights Scenic Bed & Breakfast

Kaikoura

Prices from $249 to $275

130 KM North of Blenheim - 180 KM South of Christchurch

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2 upstairs units, spacious, sunny & clean with double glazed windows & doors & a lovely décor. Wake up to a stunning view of the Kaikoura Seaward Mountains, Coastline and part Ocean view. Each unit opens out onto a long balcony to relax on!.
Only a five minute drive from the town center & all local attractions . Walking distance to the town center, sea, Seal colony & the start of the beautiful Peninsula walkway.
Each Unit has a luxury King or Queen size bed with an electric blanket and a wool-rest. Kitchenette with a fridge, microwave, toaster, cutlery, dishes, tea & fresh plunger coffee facilities. Laundry facilities available. Private parking space. 1 Unit is on the ground level & has a luxury King bed in its own separate bedroom.
Lounge/dining area with a table & chairs, leather recliner chairs, 40" wide screen satellite TV, DVD/movies, stereo/CD player, Free WIFI in all rooms, wall heater, ceiling fans etc
En-suite bathrooms with toiletries, a good shower, heated towel rail, heater, hair dryer, ceiling fan, large mirror, shaving plug, towels & toiletries.
All units have complimentary biscuits, chocolates, a beer & wine. A yummy & generous Buffet breakfast is served in our dining room or in the privacy of your room.
Lynne & John your friendly Kiwi Hosts have had 17 yrs experience running their B&B & still enjoy meeting lovely people from all around the World. We have a complimentary pick up & delivery service to the bus or train station with prior notice!

THE POINT B&B

Kaikoura

Prices from $145 to $170

4 km Kaikoura Town Centre.

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We offer you a warm and friendly welcome to our family home. Surrounded by the beauty of the sea and farmland (part of the Kaikoura Peninsula) we are ideally situated for walking around the Kaikoura Peninsula or to the Seal colony.We have two queen guest rooms each with their own ensuite bathroom. Relax in the garden, sit on the veranda or wander over to the beach to enjoy the peace and quiet of our rural setting. If you are an early riser make the most of the sunrise.
The Point farm originally covered 600 acres of farmland and ran 2000 sheep. Today we have 90 acres and run 300 Drysdale sheep on the farm which forms part of the Kaikoura Peninsula. While staying at The Point come and see the sheep shearing show and catch up with the famous "Ram Man"; he eats out of the palm of your hand. Please note: there is an extra charge to attend our Sheep Shearing Show.

SurfWatch Getaway Cottages

Kaikoura

Prices from $175 to $290

10-15 minutes north of Kaikoura, 1hr 20 minutes south of Blenheim.

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SurfWatch Getaway Cottages is rural 5 acre property located just off SH1, a short 10-15 minutes drive north of Kaikoura. Primarily self-catered, but we do offer optional continental breakfasts.

Situated about 30 meters above the sea between Mangamaunu and Meat Works, two of the South Island's most known surf breaks, we feature incredible sea and mountain views. From the Oceanview Ensuite, wake up to a sunrise, share a wine with a moonrise, or watch the dolphins jumping!

A great place to relax and enjoy nature, this places oozes charisma.
The cottages are privately nestled in native shrub belts, surrounded by a adjoining lawn. Entrances are private and parking is near your doorway.

Nothing "commercial" here! The rooms feature artistic detailing with unique woodwork and stonework of local artists. Wireless internet is free.

Marchmont Gardens

Hanmer Springs

Prices from $210 to $260

2 hours north of Christchurch 1hr 40 west of Kaikoura

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Our studio apartments, Mt Isobel and Mt Dunblane, have small kitchenettes (microwave no hob) so you can book either as a self-catering guest or full bed and breakfast. The often complimented breakfast may be delivered to you at your selected time to enjoy in your apartment or in the garden. There is a barbecue for you to use.

Each apartment is 44sm, with large bathrooms where you can enjoy the luxury toiletries. The lounge and dining area has great views through the gardens to the mountains beyond.

Guests are spoilt for choice with great cafes and restaurants in Hanmer as well as the world renowned Thermal Pools.

Golfers can just walk down our garden path to the course which has hire clubs and carts. We have sets of clubs that may be used for free when not in use.

Mountain bike and walking tracks abound through the forest. We have bikes for our guests that are free to use. Jet boating, quad biking and bungee jumping are all close at hand.

Shopping is a must our little boutique shops provide all the retail therapy you may require.

 

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