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.
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.