The SpaceThe lodge is homelike and decorated with original art. A wooden floor covers the entire house. Our beds are high quality single or queen beds, fully made. The room has an ensuite bathroom. Guest AccessThe guest house is self catering, and guests provide their own breakfast and meals. Shared fully equipped kitchen and lounge and dining area.
The owners live in a separate house next to the guest house. Everything is in place for self catering. Pots, pans, tea towels, cooker with oven and microwave. Guest landline in the guest house. Interaction with GuestsWe are happily available to answer any travel queries, we are very knowledgeable about New Zealand and our surrounding area. We can at any time be contacted via the landline in the guest house. The NeighborhoodOkains Bay is a village with 100 people. The Okains Bay Store is the oldest continuously operating store in New Zealand and offers good coffee and home baking. Opened 1876. The Okains Bay Maori Museum has one of the best collections of Maori artifacts in the country. We are next to the estuary and we are about a 15 minutes walk to the beach.
Akaroa is a 20 minutes scenic drive away. Akaroa is famous for its swimming with the dolphins, dolphin watching, sailing trips, fine dining and is a picturesque township with French heritage. We are happy to advise you on the choice of operators.
There are plenty of great walks around Banks Peninsula. Ask us. Getting AroundOkains Bay is a one and a half hour drive from Christchurch Airport. From State Highway 75 turn off on the Summit Road at Hilltop past Little River. You will follow the sign: Eastern Bays, Tourist Drive. Stay on the Summit Road till the turnoff to Okains Bay. According to the Lonely Planet the Summit Road is: "the absurdly beautiful drive around the edge of the original crater". The views are spectacular.
At night, low cloud or if you miss the Summit Road the next turnoff to Okains Bay from State Highway 75 is past Duvauchelle.
Coming from Akaroa the turnoff to Okains Bay is on State Highway 75 past Robinsons Bay.
We are on 32 Chorlton Road, the first road to the left past the museum, the petrol pump and the store.
Advice: If you use GPS, type in the full correct address: 32 Chorlton Road, Okains Bay. Do not choose: shortest route. Other Things to NoteWe have another 2 rooms with shared bathroom, so please contact us even if the calendar is full as we probably have a room available for you.
We advise you to visit a supermarket in Christchurch or Akaroa to buy fresh ingredients. Coming from Christchurch there is a New World supermarket in Halswell, just a few kilometers out of Christchurch on SH 75. Akaroa has a Four Square supermarket. Coming from Mount Cook/Lake Tekapo there are supermarkets in Geraldine and Ashburton. The small store in Okains Bay can provide you with basic supplies, such as milk, sugar etc. but has limited opening hours.
The Okains Bay Store is open on Friday nights from 5-7 pm for fish and chips.