A snippet of farm view
Campervan Site - Also Available at Karetu Downs Farm Stay
Feeding the sheep
Concretions in the river
Out on the farm
Karetu downs homestead
Barney the donkey
River walks
Campering among the sheep
Louisa suite - Also available at Karetu Downs Farm Stay
Karetu Downs Cottage - Also available at Karetu Downs Farm Stay
Louisa suite lounge
Musterers Studio kitchen - Also available at Karetu Downs Farm Stay
Karetu Downs Cottage kitchen
Karetu downs farm cottage
Feeding the pet lambs
Maddy the boxer
River fun at the farm
Mountain biking around the farm
Pet sheep
New Zealand falcon
Sheep mustering
Simon lamb
Night sky
Sheep shearing
Musterers Studio
Musterers Studio
Views of the hill country
Views of the hill country
River swimming
Angus cattle
Farm chickens

Country Style B&B Apartment

Broomfield, Canterbury
WALKING TRACKS | FARM ANIMALS TO MEET
 
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Sleeps up to 2
From $200 tonight

Karetu is situated approximately 63 km north of Christchurch and a one hour drive from Christchurch airport. The farm is 2000 hectares of some flat to rolling downs but mostly hill country land on which we graze sheep and beef cattle. We are situated along the south branch of the Waipara river. Karetu Downs is not just a farm it is a way of life. The property is home to around 4500 Romney sheep and 120 Angus cattle and has been owned and operated for over 3 generations by the Forrester family.

Take in the breathtaking views from the top of the tussock clad hills to the fascinating perfectly round boulders along the river bed. These spherical stones or concretions can be found in varying sizes dotted along the river bed that runs through the farm.

We love watching the reaction of our guests when they bottle feed lambs, experience sheep shearing or marvel at the view from the top of the farm.

There is a large range of other activities for you to experience such as:
- Bottle feed the pet lambs (seasonal) around August/September.
- Meet Barney our resident Donkey plus Wilby and Ginger the Kune kune pigs.
- Hand feed our pet sheep. Help feed the chickens and collect the eggs.
- Watch a sheep shearing demonstration or if you are lucky you may get to experience the shearing gang in full swing around May/June/July.
- Join Bruce on a guided 4 wheel drive tour of the farm (by arrangement).
- Join in the annual tailing of lambs in spring usually around October/November.
- Fishing for brown trout along the south branch of the Waipara River or take a trip to the Hurunui River 25 minutes away you may catch a salmon or a trout.
- Farm walks and hill country trekking.
- Bring your own mountain bike for an adventure tour around hill country tracks.
- Rabbit shooting (night spot lighting is also offered please ask).
- Join the boys on a pig hunting expedition usually during the week end (by arrangement).
- Just relax and enjoy the wide open spaces and tranquility of rural life on a farm.

There is always something happening on a working farm so why not come and see for yourself ... we know you will love it!

Nearby Attractions
- Amberley township is 20 minutes drive away with a good selection of shops and restaurants (including the well known Nor' Wester Cafe).
- Pegasus, Amberley and Hawarden Country golf clubs are all close at hand.
- Easy day trips to Whale Watching at Kaikoura and the Hamner Springs Thermal pools.
- Easy day trip to Mount Lyford ski field.
- We are 15 minutes from Waipara Valley vineyards and cafes and 20 minutes from the Weka Pass Railway.
- 20 minutes from Weka Pass horse treks

Highlights

Feed the pet sheep, lambs and meet the other farm friendly pets
Sheep shearing demonstrations
Close to Waipara Vineyards and cafes

What we love about this property

Great walking tracks, river walks, wild life, hill country views and close to Waipara vineyards and cafes.
We have many farm animals for children to meet and feed. Barney the donkey, Ginger and Wilby the kune kune pigs, chickens, pet sheep and Jaz the Flemish giant bunny.


Activities on or nearby this property

Farm Animals to Meet
Farm Tour Available
Nature Walks
Rural Views
Sheep Shearing (seasonal)
Vineyards Nearby

Paid extras you might like to add

These will be available to select during the booking progress

$75.00 Per Person

Join Bruce and enjoy a guided tour of our hill country property and take in some amazing scenery with tussock clad hills and mountain views.

Activity Length: 2 hours - Shorter to


$50.00 Per Person

For you to enjoy


$25.00 Per Person

For you to enjoy


$40.00 Per Person

For you to enjoy


Room Info

1 x Super King bed


The Musterers Studio is attached to the 100 year old Homestead and comes complete with a corrugated iron exterior. It has been tastefully restyled to reflect the ambiance of staying in traditional NZ country farm style accommodation. The apartment 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 adjoining en-suite has a modern shower, bath robes, hair-dryer, cuddly towels and complimentary soaps. Laundry facilities are also available in the Homestead. Sky TV and WIFI are available in the room.


Reviews

What a fantastic place to visit, the hosts were very friendly and helpful, we will be back

Excellent weekend. The owners are incredibly friendly and welcoming. The accommodation is very comfortable and very warm and much larger than we expected. The perfect place to get away from it all. No mobile coverage is wonderful for a complete break.

This was one of our top three stops on our world trip. Absolutely great house for family (cosy and large) at an awesome place (very quiet). Very good fishing places. Kids loved to bottle-feed the lamps. After 2 month they still miss this place very much. Karen and Bruce are wonderful people and great hosts! Thank you for all you showed us and you gave us!


Handy Information

An added bonus is the kitchenette which allows flexibility to prepare your own meals if you wish. The kitchen is fully equipped with a dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave, electric fry pan, electric hob and outside BBQ. On arriving at the The Musterers Studio you will be greeted with a complimentary breakfast hamper containing farm fresh and local produce and includes farm eggs, bread, jam/ NZ honey, cereals, yogurt, milk and fruit. Complimentary assortments of teas and coffee are provided. Of course if you would prefer breakfast served in the Homestead kitchen please ask.

RV and Motorhome


Dump point nearby
RV/Motorhome accessible

Pets


Sorry, we can't accommodate dogs

Connectivity


Wifi Available

Access


Unsealed Roads

Suitability


Family Friendly
Property Manager on site

Outdoor


BBQ
Picnic Table
Spa | Hot Tub

Laundry


Iron
Washing Machine

Kitchen


Dishwasher
Jug/Kettle
Microwave
Toaster

Heating & Cooling


Electric blankets
Heating (electric, gas or fireplace)

Essentials


Drinking Water
Fridge (or cooling facility) available
Hot Water Available
Linen Provided
Toilet

Electronic Entertainments


Radio
TV

Bathroom


Hair dryer
Shower
Towels Provided

About your host, Karen and Bruce




Bruce and Karen would like to welcome you to the beautiful Waipara Gorge, South Island, NZ

The Farm stay began in 2012 when we decided it was time to do something a little different. Visitors to Karetu would comment about how lucky we were to have such an idyllic place to live, and we decided to start sharing it.

The best part for us is meeting guests from all around the world, and being able to share with them our love of the land and this place we call home Aotearoa - New Zealand.



Essential Room Information

1 x Super King bed

The Musterers Studio is attached to the 100 year old Homestead and comes complete with a corrugated iron exterior. It has been tastefully restyled to reflect the ambiance of staying in traditional NZ country farm style accommodation. The apartment 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 adjoining en-suite has a modern shower, bath robes, hair-dryer, cuddly towels and complimentary soaps. Laundry facilities are also available in the Homestead. Sky TV and WIFI are available in the room.



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