Most of Banks Peninsula is rural farm land or nature reserves. Rural & Farmstay properties around Akaroa and the Bays offer a real taste of Kiwi farming culture from traditional beef and cattle to the more exotic alpaca farm and secluded rural retreats. Share wholesome home cooked meals with your hosts, take guided tours of their properties or get away from it all into the dark sky nights and sounds of the bush and the ocean. Wake up to birdsong and stunning scenery seemingly a million miles from the city but in reality just over an hour away.
Coombe Farm is set in the peaceful Takamatua Valley 5 minutes drive from Akaroa. An oasis of serenity away from it all, on a working 850 acre sheep farm. Staying here is both comfortable and informal, peaceful and private. Choose between the historic farm house and the delightful shepherds' hut with its own outdoor bath. Walk the hills strewn with native trees and bush, abundant bird life, creeks and waterfall. Enjoy the tranquil setting and sea views or relax on the verandah surrounded by the organic garden.
Location18 Old Le Bons Track, Takamatua
Phone03 304 7239
Escape to Okains Bay, one of Banks Peninsulas unique and beautiful bays. Kawatea is a gracious historic homestead set in mature gardens, surrounded by 1500 acres of coastal land farmed by the family for five generations. Enjoy the secluded beaches with panoramic views and excellent swimming and walking opportunities. Learn about Maori culture and the life of the early settlers at the acclaimed Okains Bay museum. Join us in the evening for creative country fare from our garden whilst sharing experiences with fellow travellers.
Location1048 Okains Bay Road, Okains Bay
Phone03 304 8621
Fax03 304 8621
Nancy’s Retreat at Lyndhurst is a farmstay set high in the hills of Okains Bay, 2.5 km from the Summit Road – look for the red roofs and rustic “Lyndhurst” sign on the right.
The homestead dates back to early 1870’s and has been a major restoration project for us. “Nancy’s” is named after Nancy Moore the last of the original Moore family who arrived in Okains Bay around 1851 and were the original settlers of this property in 1876. Nancy’s is a separate self contained unit with an antique brass bed and feather duvet, kitchenette, bathroom, TV (free to air) and DVD player.
Location692 Okains Bay Road, Okains Bay
Phone03 304 8518
Time spent at Paua Bay is a truly unique experience. Not only will you be able to enjoy the wonderful surroundings in our private bay but also you will join a traditional farming family sharing their daily endeavours. Walk to the beach enjoy seals, abundant birdlife & bush. Relax in the hammock amongst the extensive garden. At the end of the day soak in the romantic outdoor bath savouring the experience.
LocationPauabay Road, Paua Bay
Phone03 304 8511