Owned and operated by friendly locals, this is a wonderful way to enjoy some genuine Kiwi hospitality.
Te Wepu-intrepid pod retreats
Te Wepu-intrepid pod retreats
In just over an hour from Christchurch, you will find your perch above one of the most tranquil bays on Canterbury’s magnificent Banks Peninsula. Far from the tour bus hoards, you’ll sink in to a steaming wood-fired hot tub under an abundance of stars and, if you choose, you can even enjoy sumptuous local fare delivered to your door.
Although you’ll be a 15-minute walk from the nearest road - in the midst of a working cattle farm - you’ll sleep on real beds in double-glazed, New Zealand-made pods; more solid than canvas, much more romantic than an ordinary hotel room.
If you’re an adventurous soul – whether travelling in a small group, on an adventure for two or flying solo – and you want an idyllic spot in which to stop, relax, read and breathe in the silence, Te Wepu is just the place.
Your hosts Kate and Richie Bocock have a background in farming in various parts of New Zealand, and are now happy to be settled next to the sea. They feel privileged to have taken on this storied patch of paradise. With their family, they have worked hard to create a unique experience for New Zealanders and foreign tourists alike.
Kate and Richie want you to have a special and unforgettable experience, so they’ll work with you to establish key details such as your arrival time (so the tub can be hot!) and whether you’ll be wanting one of Kate’s legendary Te Wepu hampers (hot tip: you do!!).
To fully appreciate the Te Wepu experience we recommend you take the 20-30 minute hike, through a Rhododendron dell and a Walnut grove, alongside the Te Wepu stream, and finish with a short intrepid climb through farmland to your Pod. This does require sturdy shoes and a sense of adventure.
Alternatively, we will take the 4WD, with your bags, up to your Pod. Given enough warning you will arrive to a warm hot tub – an abundance of firewood will make it easy for you to keep it hot!
Your hosts Kate and Richie do ask that you check-in and out during daylight hours - the pods are off a farm track and there are no street lights up there!!
Once you are at your Pod, you can either prepare and cook your food that you've bought yourself, on the BBQ that is provided. Or you have arrived to one of Kate's hampers (some basic cooking skills are still required but it is as simple as turning the BBQ on and flipping a steak). Kate's hamper can be ordered at the time of booking.
On the morning of check-out, your hosts will bring the 4x4 to collect you and your luggage or you can wander back down the marked track in your own time and meet your bags at the carpark.
French Bay House
French Bay House
French Bay House is a beautiful historic villa nestled in the heart of Akaroa. With stunning gardens and an iconic architectural style, it is known as the most photographed villa in Akaroa. The house is situated on Rue Jolie, parallel to Beach Road where you will find a number of boutique shops, restaurants, historic sites and artisan galleries. It is an easy stroll to the wharf where you can choose from award winning nature cruises, swimming with dolphins or penguin tours. French Bay House has four king en-suite rooms. We pride ourselves on a delicious locally sourced breakfast, which is included in the tariff. We are sure you will have an enjoyable and memorable stay at French Bay House in this beautiful and unique corner of New Zealand.
Akaroa Coastal Studio
We warmly invite you to stay with us in the Akaroa Coastal Studio, perched above native bush, with spectacular views of the harbour. Attached to our modern home, it is a quiet, private room with its own entrance, queen-bed, kitchenette and ensuite bathroom. Studio guests enjoy private use of our outdoor spa pool. Tea/coffee facilities, fridge, microwave, WiFi, SkyTV are included. Not suitable for children. Enjoy native birdsong, stunning sunsets, the sound of the sea and the peacefulness of this seaside property.
Our studio harmoniously in its rural environment, seemingly remote but close to Akaroa township. Visit our website for more photos, feedback, availability calendar and instant booking. Book a cruise with us on Southern Wanderer at a discounted rate when booking your accommodation.
Our coastal retreat sits harmoniously in its rural environment, seemingly remote but close to Akaroa township. Visit our website for more photos, feedback, availability calendar and instant booking.
Oinako Bed and Breakfast
An iconic landmark since 1896, Oinako holds a cherished place in the heart of Akaroa’s French heritage. Now yours to enjoy, indulge in premier Bed and Breakfast accommodation in our gorgeous historic home. Elegant rooms, superb harbour views, beautiful period features and peaceful surroundings await. Delicious, leisurely breakfasts are served in the original dining room overlooking the garden. Perfectly located to enjoy the many charms of Akaroa, the main pier, restaurants, shops and excursions are just a two-minute stroll away. Escape the demands of everyday life, embrace simple pleasures and truly relax. Welcome to Oinako, a special place to be.