The Greenwood Guide to New Zealand

Okuku Country Estate

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Please note that this guide was last updated a few years ago (2009), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Lorraine and Robert Smith
2 Rakahuri Road, Rangiora, North Canterbury, Canterbury

Tel: + 64 (0)3-312-8740
No cell number available
Fax: + 64 (0)3-312-8122

Even the driveway is special at Okuku, winding through fields of freshly-cut hay and a tall grove of trees before arriving at the entrance of this beautiful, Italian Renaissance-influenced homestead. The interior is every bit as grand as the exterior: original artworks, antique furniture, middle-eastern carpets; floorboards characteristically pitted from decades of dancing stilettos; a classic billiard room and an impressively large indoor pool; and immense fireplaces, two of which still shelter open flames throughout winter months.....

.... Lorraine has elegantly decorated the bedrooms, like the Wong Room, a gentlemanly space that once belonged to the head servant (I sort of expected there must be a White Room somewhere too); or the Rose Room, more suited to ladies with its petite writing desk; or the smaller Daffodil room, best in spring when its sash-windowed view over 10,000 daffodils comes into its own. The daffs grow within four acres of manicured garden, cedars, elms, oaks, beeches, redwoods and a variety of orchard trees. It’s pleasantly isolated from the tourist trail here, but there’s still plenty to do: Mount Thomas National Park, Woodland Beach, Jo Seeger’s reputable restaurant and Pegasus Bay Vineyard are all short drives away. You’re only 40 minutes from Mount Hutt’s ski fields and the Ashley River borders the property, if you fancy fly-fishing. But there’s no need to stray far, especially with such friendly hosts, home-made baking, afternoon tea, apéritifs and an elegant three-course dinner in picture-book surroundings all included in the experience.

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Rooms: 6: 1 with king and single; 2 with kings; and 3 with queens. All en/s showers. Only three separate groups can stay at one time.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: A great dining experience all included in the tariff: full breakfast, afternoon tea with homemade baking, pre-dinner drinks, 3 course evening meal with bottle of wine.
Directions: From Christchurch drive to Rangiora then follow road to Loburn. Turn left into Hodgsons Road (Okuku Country Estate is AA sign-posted at this intersection). Drive 18km to go over the Garry River Bridge, then turn left into Rakahuri Road. Recommend downloading full directions from Okuku's website.

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