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Karetu Cottage

Karetu Cottage is a 4 bedroom house which sleeps 8 and has its own private garden and hill country views. 

Well heated with log burner in lounge and night store heating in hallway.

The house faces the northwest and is positioned well for full sun and looks out into the front garden. It has a spacious dining room and kitchen with the table comfortably seating 8 adults.

Tranquil setting with north facing patio and BBQ area enjoys wonderful views of Canterbury foot hills.

Use the tranquillity of the hills as a backdrop to relax under the stars.

Free Wifi available.

Please note there is no mobile phone coverage but telephone is available at the homestead by request.

What to Bring

All you need to bring is your food as the cottage is self-service.

Make sure you stop at a grocery store prior to arriving at the farm.

We are 25 minutes drive by car to local shops. Duvets, pillows & tea towels are provided.

You can bring you own linen & towels if preferred.

Please inquire when making your booking.

It has a fully equipped kitchen with oven, fridge freezer & microwave and dishwasher.

Karetu Cottage

NZ$220 per night (2 people) or family of 4

(2 adults and 2 children under 5 years)

Prices include the supply of linen and towels

extra $40 per additional guest per night

Cleaning of the house included in price.

Tariff Includes GST


Kiwi guests please inquire when making the reservation if you would like to

bring your own linen and towels for a more competitive price.

Please inquire when making the reservation.

Deposits and cancellations:

Cancellation up to one month prior to your booking, your deposit will be refunded in full.

Cancellation up to 3 days prior to your booking – 50% deposit will be retained as a cancellation fee.

Cancellation within 24 hours of your booking incurs a 100% forfeit of the total amount unless we can fill your booking.

Please Note:

Check in after 3 pm and Check out by 10 am unless by alternative arrangement

Please send an email with your approx time of arrival to ensure we are around to meet and welcome you.

Payment can be made via our website payment option using a credit card, or cash on arrival.



Choice of a cooked breakfast or continental served in your room at your request, outside on the veranda or in the farmhouse kitchen. 

Free Wifi

Free wifi is available in both the Karetu Downs cottage and guest rooms in the homestead.


The Karetu garden and gift shop is open to our accommodation guests and garden groups and independent visitors by appointment.

Send requests to

Free Guest Parking

Parking is free for all guests and visitors


Feed the farm pets.

Explore the river and the concretions. Walk along the farm tracks and hills. Relax and enjoy the wide-open spaces and tranquillity of rural life on a farm.


Evening meals available by request and availability.


Off the beaten track... location with a very comfortable country cottage


The remoteness and quiet of the 'off the beaten track' location. We two couples stayed in the self catered cottage and were welcomed with a lovely wood fire already warming the rooms. Fridge, stove kitchen/dining area fine and lounge all comfortable - used outdoor barbeque. Beautiful garden with lots of flowers and birds - took a walk along the river to the round boulders feature, certainly worth a wander!

Michael (Australia)

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