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About North Canterbury, New Zealand

Descending from the “Dry Hills” of southern Marlborough a quite fantastic sight greets you – the stunning Pacific coastline of North Cnterbury! Flanked by the majestic Kaikoura Ranges on the landward side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, this is a trip of pure magic.

Buy your dinner absolutely fresh from a roadside crayfish stall. Go whale watching or swim with the dolphins at Kaikoura; ski at Mt. Lyford then head inland to the fabled hot pools of Hanmer Springs.

See the strange limestone formations and explore the wild rivers of the Hurunui or sample the wines of Waipara.

Here is our selection of North Canterbury B&B's

Dylans Country Cottages


Prices from $175 to $235 per couple

7km north east of Kaikoura

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Dylans Country Cottages consists of two unique lodge / chalet style cottages "Mahoe" and "Kowhai". The cottages are situated in a rural setting beneath the spectacular Seaward Kaikoura mountain range. Dylan's cottage accommodation is only five minutes from central Kaikoura, 2.5 hours drive from Christchurch and 2 hours drive from the Picton ferries.

Your own private, self contained cottage set amongst the wonderful flower and display gardens of Lavendyl. Our chickens enjoy being fed any leftovers you may have and our sheep love to be hand fed bread and fruit! Tim, the ram, will stand all day while he is getting petted.

The cottages have many quaint touches such as stairs and beds hand made from macrocarpa grown on the property. Both cottages have kitchenettes where simple meals can be prepared. The bedroom is mezzanine style with a sofa bed in the lounge.

The Kowhai Cottage contains a spa bath and a Queen and a Single Bed (upstairs) and a Double foldout settee in the lounge/dining area. The balcony off the bedroom has stunning views to Mt Fyffe.

French Doors open from the lounge to the garden, bringing indoor/outdoor experience New Zealand is famous for.

The Mahoe Cottage adjoins a classic bush outdoor garden bathroom area of it's own with both a bath and shower.

The queen bedroom of Mahoe Cottage (upstairs) opens through French Doors on to its own private balcony. There is a foldout settee (double) downstairs in the lounge/dining area for extra guests or children.

Marchmont Gardens

Hanmer Springs

Prices from $220 to $270 per couple

2 hours north of Christchurch 1hr 40 west of Kaikoura

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Our studio apartments, Mt Isobel and Mt Dunblane, have small kitchenettes (microwave no hob) so you can book either as a self catering guest or full bed and breakfast. The often complimented breakfast may be delivered to you at your selected time to enjoy in your apartment or in the garden. There is a barbecue for you to use.

Each apartment is 44sm, with large bathrooms where you can enjoy the luxury toiletries. The lounge and dining area has great views through the gardens to the mountains beyond.

Guests are spoilt for choice with great cafes and restaurants in Hanmer as well as the world renowned Thermal Pools.

Golfers can just walk down our garden path to the course which has hire clubs and carts. We have sets of clubs that may be used for free when not in use.

Mountain bike and walking tracks abound through the forest. We have bikes for our guests that are free to use. Jet boating, quad biking and bungee jumping are all close at hand.

Shopping is a must our little boutique shops provide all the retail therapy you may require.

Barbs Place


Prices from $180 per couple

Less than 1hr North of Christchurch

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Geoff and Barb, we are your kiwi hosts and we will ensure you have a great time while in our home. Barb has spent her working career in hospitality and has traveled extensively and worked in hotels throughout Europe and England, She also spent a number of years in the Philadelphia USA region working for private families.
Geoff mainly kept his travel within NZ and has been involved in his own business ventures. We are relaxed fun couple who enjoy good food and company.
Barbs Place is a 100 year young house that has been renovated in keeping with its style and retaining all of its character and charm. It is a warm inviting place that you cannot help but enjoy.
We are in the middle of Canterbury's premier wine growing area with a number of wineries open for lunches and 1 for lunch & dinner wednesday through sunday
We are less than 1hrs drive from the Hanmer Thermal Pools that are a must to visit and soak away any travel stress.
The Kaikaura Whale Watch Tours are an easy 1 1/2hr drive through the hills of North Canterbury and along the very picturest Kaikoura coast. Whales are present all year round and a great experience.

Awen Lodge B&B


Prices from $120 per couple

We are 15 minutes west of Amberley

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We offer bed and breakfast accommodation on a small farm in a beautiful, peaceful setting adjoining Mount Grey and Ashley Forest. Awen means the spirit of inspiration and few people remain unmoved by the awe-inspiring beauty of our surroundings. Guests come here to paint, take photographs, to walk and sometimes, just to be still and find peace and quiet in the tranquility of the setting. Many choose to stay overnight and break a long journey because our reputation for caring for our guests and 'going the extra mile' has preceded us. We provide a substantial breakfast and cater for people with food allergies at no extra cost.

Amberley is a fifteen minute drive away; it has restaurants, a weekly farmers’ market, a real ale brewery and bar, shops, supermarkets and an 18 hole country golf course with stunning views of Amberley Beach. From Awen Lodge it is just a fifteen minute drive to the Waipara Valley with its profusion of vineyards that produce the world famous range of Waipara wines.

Our guests say nice things about their stay with us (check us out on TripAdvisor) and many have become friends, sharing news and jokes from around the world on a regular basis.

Bendamere House Bed & Breakfast


Prices from $280 to $300 per couple

We are located between Blenheim to the North and Christchurch to the South.

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Bendamere House offers 5 quality Studio Ensuite rooms all boosting ocean and mountain views. Expansive lawns and gardens create a relaxing environment for all to enjoy. At times soak up the views and watch the dolphins perform in the bay.
Included in tariff is a lovely breakfast comprising, cereals, fresh fruit bowl, Yoghurt, toast and extensive spreads and honeys, toasted croissants with ham and cheese grilled, orange juice and Tea and coffee.
Gluten Free products are available on request.
All rooms have ensuite/bathrooms ,heat pump/air conditioning, Silent fridges, tea and coffee facilities, bathrobes, TVs and many other amenities to make your stay.
Free Wi-Fi in all rooms and laundry facilities available at a cost. Secure parking is located directly behind your rooms.

Karetu Downs Farm Stay


Prices from $200 to $300 per couple

15 minutes to Waipara vineyards. 1 hour from Christchurch.

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63 km north of Christchurch and one hours drive from Christchurch airport 100 year old Karetu Downs Homestead offers luxury accommodation for guests to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the country side while staying on a real New Zealand sheep and beef farm.

The Louisa Suite has a comfortable queen size bed with warm cosy bedding and modern ensuite. The charming private lounge attached to the suite is an added bonus for guests to relax and compliments the room beautifully.

The Musterers studio has a comfortable super King bed with stylish bedding, warm duvets and cuddly throws. The welcoming fire place and cosy furnishings provide extra charm. The kitchenette allows flexibility to prepare your own meals if you wish.
Free wifi available in both rooms.

Karetu Cottage is a wonderful 4 bedroom fully furnished farm house ideally suited for families and larger groups.

Karetu Downs is a 2,000 hectare property situated in the Waipara Gorge North Canterbury. The hill country farm rises to just on 3 thousand feet above sea level. A climb to the top of the farm through tussock tracks provide outstanding views over the countryside looking back to the Southern Alps, the east coast and Christchurch the surrounding areas are breath taking.

Easy drive to Hanmer Springs hot pools, Kaikoura whale watch, Waipara vineyards/cafes and restaurants.


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