Owned and operated by friendly locals, this is a wonderful way to enjoy some genuine Kiwi hospitality.
French Farm Winery
French Farm Winery
French Farm Winery is known for its distinctive French-provincial style and décor, is a venue like no other. The licensed bistro serves fabulous food with lovely seating areas with views of French Farm Bay. It’s open year around with differing hours depending on the season.
French Farm Winery has four luxury boutique studios. All have their own kitchenettes and either queen or king beds. Lovely courtyard seating/BBQ area with French style fountain. Jacuzzi in the trees nestled beside a stream.
With the abundance of native trees and birds, meanderings streams and beautifully maintained gardens, it is perfect for your wedding, business event and special occasion. We can seat 120 guests inside and up to 250 with a marquee. With two large carparks, helicopter access and many outdoor seating areas French Farm is private, peaceful and secluded, but not remote.
French Farm Gardens are just across the road and the Alpaca farm just around the corner offer some of the activities available.
Friday and Saturday Dinner
Friday, Saturday and Sunday for lunch
Easter hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday for Dinner and Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday for lunch
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.
Blythcliffe is the place for you
Blythcliffe is the place for you
Located centrally within the charming and historic French settlement village of Akaroa, the elegant Blythcliffe is a short, level stroll from the many excellent cafes, restaurants and local attractions, including the main swimming beach. If you’re looking for a unique accommodation experience in Akaroa that is a part of its historical past, to relax and make yourself at home in a beautiful old private, heritage house with antiques and character, Blythcliffe is the place for you. One free bottle of French bubbles to enjoy with every direct booking on our website - Salut!
If you’re looking for a unique accommodation experience in Akaroa that is a part of its historical past, to relax and make yourself at home in a beautiful old private, heritage house with antiques and character, Blythcliffe is the place for you.
Served in our heritage dining room, the famous Blythcliffe breakfasts are plentiful, healthy, home cooked and delicious. Choose from fresh fruits, Akaroa salmon, award winning Akaroa ham and boudin noir, eggs from our own chickens, free range NZ bacon, berries and herbs from our organic gardens, freshly baked croissants and prize winning marmalade! Specific diets and requests happily catered for.
John and Lesley are lucky enough to live at Blythcliffe, they really enjoy welcoming guests to share its special history and place in Akaroa. They’re very well-travelled around NZ and happy to offer handy local travel knowledge.
Thought to have been designed by Samuel Charles Farr based on drawings by the Australian architect John Verge, Blythcliffe is Akaroa's oldest and most loved grand old houses; our own stately home. Built in 1857, Blythcliffe sits within its own three acres of extensive private grounds and is listed as an Historic Place Category 1 with Heritage New Zealand, Pouhere Taonga. Enjoy full access to our beautiful gardens, croquet lawn and petanque terrace. Take a walk in the Blythcliffe private forest, protected by a conservation order and containing many spectacular examples of native trees, plants and birds. Feed our tame eels in the Balguerie Stream as it tumbles over its rocky bed. Or – just lie in the sun and enjoy the peace and total privacy of Blythcliffe.
The Stables at Blythcliffe is perfect for those who enjoy their privacy; a completely self-contained, luxurious converted stable building adjacent to the main house at ground floor level. It has its own grape lined, large sunny courtyard, perfect for breakfast or evening drinks. It is a very comfortable open plan space, generously furnished in antiques with one exception – an extremely comfortable super king size bed! You'll also enjoy the sitting and dining area with a modern kitchen and separate bathroom with shower and claw foot bath – candles, champagne and bubble bath provided! The Stables has a small TV with Netflix and a CD player. There is enough room to add up to two single beds for children or a crib, extra costs apply, please inquire.
The Rose Room, one of three rooms available in the main house at Blythcliffe, is a wonderfully light and sunny room that comfortably accommodates two. It is located on the first floor and accessed by a steepish, old staircase and the main hallway, you have access via French Doors to the balcony overlooking the croquet lawn and gardens to the harbour beyond, the perfect spot for breakfast or an evening drink with the birds!
Your private bathroom, with shower only, is located right next door to your room and accessed from the main hallway, robes provided. If travelling with friends, consider adding a second queen size room to The Rose Room; located just across the hallway, the bathroom will be shared with the friends room. Please inquire if you are unsure.
There is no TV in Rose Room, but you will have unlimited wifi for all of your streaming needs. Tea and coffee making facilities are shared with The Willow Room guests in a small sitting room, also off the main hallway that leads onto the balcony.
The Willow Room is directly across the hallway from Rose Room. These two rooms are perfect for friends travelling together who do not wish to share bathroom facilities and is another of the three rooms available in the main house at Blythcliffe. Located on the eastern corner of the main house on our first floor and accessed via an old steep-ish staircase and the main hallway, the morning sun pours into this peaceful queen size room with lovely garden and stream views. Willow Room has an ensuite bathroom with claw foot bath and walk in shower, bubble bath and candles provided, this is a wonderfully quiet and relaxing room. There is no TV in Willow Room, but you will have unlimited wifi for all of your streaming needs. Tea and coffee making facilities are shared with The Rose Room guests in a small sitting room, also off the main hallway that leads onto the balcony, perfect for an evening glass of wine.
The Blythcliffe garden is available for weddings and events; please inquire or see our website.
Blythcliffe’s garden is available for weddings and events; please see separate listing. We also offer two Bed and Breakfast guest options –