The Greenwood Guide to New Zealand

Maison de la Mer

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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.

Carol and Bruce Hyland
1 Rue Benoit, Akaroa, Canterbury

Tel: + 64 (0)3-304-8907
Cell: + 64 (0)21-986-221
Fax: + 64 (0)3-304-8917

As we sat chatting on the sunny verandah, I listened with a landlubber’s awe to Carol and Bruce’s swashbuckling tales of adventures on the high seas. Well… three years spent living on yachts, sailing their family from Bruce’s native Canada, down to the Caribbean and back.....

.... The house is as inspiring as its owners – my editor claimed their last incarnation, a B&B in Auckland, should have been "set on a pedestal and paraded around the world". Well, they’ve only done it again! Maison de la Mer is a truly wonderful house, full of antique furniture, Persian carpets and contemporary art. The bedrooms have individual styles, but all share under-floor heating, stunning views across the harbour, honesty bars, masses of fresh flowers, home-made shortbread and complimentary port (I particularly liked the nautically-themed Boathouse). Akaroa was originally a French whaling port and they must have left behind a few good recipes as the town now boasts three of the country’s finest restaurants, all within easy walking distance of the Maison de la Mer. However, in the morning Carol, Bruce and their phenomenal breakfasts are very hard to beat. You should be keel-hauled or at least made to walk a plank if you don’t find time to stay here. Bush walks, penguins, fur seals and swimming with dolphins all available nearby.

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Rooms: 3: 2 kings, 1 queen, 2 with en/s shower, 1 with en/s shower and spa bath.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full breakfast included.
Directions: From Christchurch, highway 75 to the centre of Akaroa, past the Post Office, on the corner of Rue Lavaud and Rue Benoit, on your left.

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