Farmstays & Rural

Want to live like a local? Akaroa and The Bays have a number of rural and farmstay options to provide a real Kiwi farming experience.

Kawatea Farmstay

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.

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French Farm Winery

Beautiful 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. Spa nestled beside a stream and access to the Licensed Bar with lovely seating areas with view of French Farm Bay. Large grounds with petanque court. Private, secluded and peaceful but not remote. Fly in by helicopter or enjoy the drive. French Farm Gardens just across the road and the Alpacca farm just around the corner offer some of the activities available.

The French Farm Winery is a Boutique Luxury Lodge, perfect for your wedding, business event and special occasion. Known for its distinctive French-provincial style and décor, is a venue like no other. The French Farm valley offers a stunning natural backdrop for beautiful functions. With two meandering streams, a spectacular view of the harbour and hills and an abundance of native trees and birds the French provincial style venue is a unique experience.

We offer one of the most unique and perfect locations for that special occasion where everything is done for you. Select from our preferred list of caterers and our extensive beverage list and we do the rest. Nestled in the hills of the French Farm valley with the abundance of native trees and birds, meandering streams and beautiful gardens 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.

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