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Reviewed 24 February 2017

We never ended up staying at this property, cancelling at 24 hours notice. The day before we were due to arrive, we ended up leaving other accommodation at a nearby vineyard as it wasn't up to scratch (and that is being polite). We ended up driving to Christchurch airport and catching a plane to Auckland and staying there for 2...

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KaretuFarmstay, Owner at Karetu Downs Farmstay, responded to this review

Thank you very much for this review. It is always unfortunate to hear reports from guests who have found some accommodation providers substandard. The B&B association to which we at Karetu Downs are members works hard to monitor and advise accommodation providers. If you see B&B association NZ advertised on websites you can be assured that these accommodation providers will...

Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

This place is just fantastic!! The drive from the main road is along a non sealed road with stunning views of the countryside - great fun! Karen and Bruce were very friendly and welcoming, perfect hosts. We stayed in the Musterers room; just gorgeous! Very spacious spotlessly clean and decor to die for! We helped feed the sheep and pigs...

Thank Dom_dd
KaretuFarmstay, Owner at Karetu Downs Farmstay, responded to this review

Thanks Dom! What a lovely review. Both Bruce and I are delighed that you both had a great time. It was a pleasure taking you over to feed the sheep and the pigs...the sheep are always up for a photo oportunity when there is food to be had. If you are ever back this way we would love to see...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Karen and Bruce were the perfect hosts for our brief trip to Karetu Downs Farmstay, helping us find out way around the area when needed and giving us privacy too. As avid athletes, Karen was so kind to drop us into town and get us sorted with mountain bikes so that we could enjoy the vineyards and then cycle home....

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Thank Natalie R
KaretuFarmstay, Owner at Karetu Downs Farmstay, responded to this review

Thank you Natalie for such a lovely review. Really pleased you guys had a nice time and it was my pleasure to take you to the start of the wine trail in the Waipara area. I will keep making the granola it seems to be a hit with everyone! Best wishes Karen

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 15 January 2017

We had a fantastic time .. To wake up to the sounds of sheep and to sit admiring the stunning landscape. Such a wonderful place to share with first time visitors to NZ. Karen and Bruce were extremely hospitable. We would definitely recommend a stay here.

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KaretuFarmstay, Owner at Karetu Downs Farmstay, responded to this review

Thanks Allison- you and the team were a pleasure to have stay in the Karetu Downs farm cottage. It was so lovely meeting you all and I hope you had an amazing birthday with your family and friends. We look forward to seeing you again in the future nxt time you are back in NZ. best wishes Karen

New York, New York, United States
Reviewed 14 January 2017

Karen could not have been a more gracious host. After a barrage of travel delays, we arrived MUCH later than anticipated. She greeted us warmly and showed us to the most adorable apartment style room that we could imagine. We quickly fell asleep in the most comfortable bed either of us has ever encountered and, upon waking to the sound...

Thank Theodora B
KaretuFarmstay, Owner at Karetu Downs Farmstay, responded to this review

Many thanks Theodora for the awesome review. I enjoyed very much showing you around and introducing you to the farm animals. The Musterers studio appartment works well and everyone comments on the super king bed being comfortable so that was also nice that you mentioned that as well. We would welcome you guys back anytime. Take care and our very...

Reviewed 29 September 2016

My husband and I made a last-minute decision to stay at Karetu Downs during a driving tour of NZ and were so very fortunate to have landed such wonderful place to visit on such short notice! Sadly we were only able to stay one night (the farm was otherwise booked) because we loved absolutely everything about Karetu Downs. The owners,...

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KaretuFarmstay, Owner at Karetu Downs Farmstay, responded to this review

Dear Dinah, Thank you very much for such a lovely review. We were so pleased you stayed at Karetu Downs Farm stay and got to explore the farm and accommodation in the Louisa suite. Bruce and I really enjoyed meeting you both and would be delighted if you decide to visit again in the near future. As discussed we would...

San Diego, California
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Our stay at Karetu Downs was such an amazing experience!!! Karen and Bruce were wonderful hosts. They were so incredibly welcoming and friendly. The cottage we stayed in was more of a house, with a full sized kitchen and dining room, living room, three bedrooms, and a garden. The property itself was absolutely breathtaking, truly postcard worthy. We had so...

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KaretuFarmstay, Owner at Karetu Downs Farmstay, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review Dave, Melissa, Katie and Jacob. We had a great time showing you around the farm and really enjoyed meeting you all. Bruce and I were delighted that you chose to stay at Karetu for part of your New Zealand holiday. If you guys are every back this way don't forget to look...

Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 29 April 2016

We stayed at KARETU DOWNS Cottage for 3 nights recently with our 2 grand children and it was brilliant. The cottage is much more than a Cottage, rather a 4 bedroom Homestead, roomy, sunny and very well set up. Our lovely hosts, Bruce and Karen went out of their way to make us welcome and to see that we were...

KaretuFarmstay, Owner at Karetu Downs Farmstay, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your awesome review. It really was such great weather with brillant Autumn colours all around. So pleased everyone had fun and enjoyed their stay at Karetu. We look forward to seeing everyone again soon :)

Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 18 January 2016

My family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children, aged 14 and 11) had a 21 days holiday in New Zealand South Island. We stayed here for 2 nights in December 2015. Karen and Bruce are extremely welcoming, warm and thoughtful. Our children keep talking about their wonderful experience there. We wish that we could have spent more nights at...

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KaretuFarmstay, Owner at Karetu Downs Farmstay, responded to this review

Thanks guys we are thrilled you loved your visit to the farm and we loved meeting you all too. It is families like yours that remind us why we enjoy sharing our farm. It's a wonderful thing to be able to give our guests the opportunity to experience farm life in NZ. Best wishes Karen & Bruce

Reviewed 3 December 2015

One of the best B&B's we have been to in a long while. Once you found the place (after surviving 8km on gravel road), you just don't want to leave anymore! No cell phone reception, a large bedroom, your own adjacent living room, a wonderful spa bath just outside your bedroom, totally quiet surroundings which let to a peaceful uninterrupted...

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KaretuFarmstay, Owner at Karetu Downs Farmstay, responded to this review

Thanks Doris and Johannes we so enjoyed having you stay with us and are delighted you had a relaxing time at Karetu. When we eventually take our trip overseas we will definitely be visiting your lovely country and will make sure we get in contact. Best wishes Karen & Bruce x

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Karetu Downs is situated approximately 63 km north of Christchurch and is a one hour drive from Christchurch airport. The 2000 hectare property is Kiwi owned and farmed and has been in the Forrester family for over 100 years. Karen and Bruce offer cosy private accommodation for tourists, travellers and families who want to relax and take in the peaceful surroundings of the New Zealand country side.Mountain bike the back country tracks. Horse riders are welcome to bring their horses and enjoy the wide open spaces.Ideal for family groups, horse trekkers, 4 wheelers and trail bike riders, cyclists, trampers and for people who just want a quiet peaceful time away.Campervans are most welcome. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Karetu Downs Farmstay

Address: Waipara Gorge 1731 Ram Paddock Road RD 1 | RD1, Hawarden 7385, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Hawarden
Price Range: $173 - $196 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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