The Greenwood Guide to New Zealand

Kawatea Farmstay

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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.

Judy and Kerry Thacker
1048 Okains Bay Rd, Akaroa RD 3, Banks Peninsula, Canterbury

Tel: + 64 (0)3-304-8621
No cell number available
Fax: + 64 (0)3-304-8621

The drive into the Banks Peninsula was a great way to start my New Zealand tour, chugging along the edges of volcanic highlands that plummet into the sea inlets far below and then curling down the steep hillside roads to isolated farming communities such as Okains Bay. Kawatea is surrounded by a high collar of green hills dotted with grazing cattle, and Thacker territory stretches through 1400 acres of dramatic scenery which perhaps is wasted on the cattle, but not on you.....

.... Guests can take picnics out on foot to the Heads and safe, sandy, swimming beaches, and walking in the hills is peerless. Back at the 100-year-old homestead all is superbly comfortable, with carved fireplaces, deep sofas, high ceilings, wooden floors and rugs, each room huge with its own deck, views of the hills, the nearby flower garden, the sea. There are pet lambs in spring and a field of tame sheep to feed right by the house. This is a proper farm and you eat en famille (beef, lamb, fish, fruit and veg mostly home-grown), breakfast in the sunny conservatory. Kayaks available. Trips to seals, dolphins, penguins can be arranged. The peninsula rewards stays of longer than one night!





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Rooms: 3: 1 queen and king-single with en/s shower; 1 queen with private bathroom with bath, shower and separate toilet. Also 1 queen and single with shared bathroom available if family or group booking.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full breakfast included. Dinner by arrangement: $35 - $40 pp.
Directions: From Christchurch follow highway 75km signed to Akaroa. 2km past Duvauchelle turn left, signed Okains Bay Road. 11km to the house.


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