On our trip to south island from Australia, we stayed at Karetu downs for two days. The farm house is big enough for two families and very well equipped. We had a relaxing stay with our one year old girl who enjoyed the roaming around in the garden, feeding the pet donkey,chasing sheep and much more. Karen was an excellent host and was really helpful during the stay. We went on for a picnic lunch near the waterway showing through the property which was great. We would love to go back and spend more time exploring and two days were not enough. I highly recommend this place for families and those who want to relax an soak into nature
We stayed B&B in the homestead, which was akin to staying with family such was the relaxed and friendly manner of Karen and Bruce who shared their table with us as if we were indeed part of the family. Our accommodation could not be faulted; neither could the attention to detail. A bonus was the garden which was to host the local garden club the day we left. This is a place for adults to experience rural New Zealand and Kiwi hospitality at its best, and for children to enjoy adventures.
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Spacious 4 bed cottage on beautiful farm by Waipara river. Perfect for family gatherings or large groups of friends. We have stayed twice in recent months and it will now be a frequent holiday spot for us. The hosts Karen and Bruce are very welcoming and go out of their way to make your stay as fun and easy as possible. Kids can feed farm animals twice a day and adults can borrow bikes, 4 wheel drive etc. Beautiful river 5 mins walk for fishing and swimming. Very relaxing area with beautiful scenery.
When we stayed at your place we had such a great time so thankyou so much.
I still remember going out looking for rabbits the nite we got there and it was raining lol. Hope our son didnt leave too many carcasis behind?
Going out on the bikes the next day was great as you have so many places to go and we all had lots of fun. Please say a huge thanks to Bruce for the loan of the other bike. It made the ride more enjoyable.
I couldnt believe how big the mushrooms were and I dont eat them lol.
Hope you have had lots of bookings since we stayed as its such a lovely place to get away from it all?
Once again thanks
We had a wonderful time at Karetu Downs. Karen and Bruce were wonderful hosts - introducing our young children to all the animals. They were very friendly and helpful and welcoming. Nothing was a problem. Plenty to do and lots walks and bike rides all on the doorstep.