The SpaceA large farmhouse in rural Hokitika. Enjoy peace and quiet in a relaxed country atmosphere. No other houses are visible from ours yet we are only 15mins from the town. We run an authentic NZ farmstay where you can get up close to all the animals. If you are overly fussy and fancy, it may not be a fit. If you want a low key place on a farm where quiet and privacy are valued, this could be the place. It is a fun and friendly home, nothing like staying in a hotel.
___Please include all people travelling with you in your request to book. ____Children are very welcome here - please include them in your number of people staying (they are not free).______
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN YOUR STAY
* Free farm tour. Feed and pet the animals
* Basic breakfast of cereal, yogurt/milk, honey & jam
* Tea & plunger coffee making facilities in your room
* Plenty of helpful tips and advice about activities and where to eat out
* Comfortable, clean beds & pillows
* Huge, family or large group, sized private room
* Small refrigerator in your room
* Free wifi for checking emails or looking at web-pages
* TV and DVD player (no cable TV)
* Private bathroom with shower & bath.
(on rare occasions my be shared with a couple or a single guest.)
* Fresh towels
* Plenty of reading material about the West Coast
* A warm, relaxing and friendly environment
EXTRAS ON REQUEST
* Outdoor fire can be set & lit for you
* Small amounts of laundry can done by me for stays over 2 days.
* Toys & books for children
* Help planning the rest of your trip
----- Sadly due to previous guests behaviour, the kitchen is not available.---
A TYPICAL DAY FOR OUR GUESTS
A tour of the farm after breakfast then off to see the Hokitika Gorge or Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. A picnic at Lake Kaniere or a walk along the stunning wild beach. Maybe wander the Arahura River to look for a piece of jade or visit the local art shops to buy a piece. Dinner in town at one of the many great restaurants then back home to relax by the fire, star gazing or chill out in your room....Oh and you must see the glow worm dell at night! Amazing and free activity.
Other options: Hokitika Tree Top Walkway, many local walks, Shantytown, Monteiths Brewery, Hokitika Museum, carve your own jade, scenic flight to the glaciers/Mt Cook and much much more!
We have another room available suited to a couple if you would like a smaller space or your group would like 2 rooms. See our "Stay on a farm" listing.
The house sits on top of a ridge overlooking native bush and farmland with views of the Tasman Sea in the distance. The property is a 75 acre farm with sheep, cattle, pigs, goats and birds.
The property is 2mins from the Arahura River - an important source of pounamu (jade) on the West Coast.
We are only a 5min drive to the beach which is a beautifully wild place filled with amazing driftwood and pebbles - a great place for a bonfire.
IMPORTANT - WE ARE AN ECO-FRIENDLY HOME
** Our house is completely off-grid. All our power comes from a solar panel array. All our water is rainwater collected from the roof. Many of the features in the house are from building recyclers. If you need microwaves, hairdryers and A/C etc, we are not the place for you.
**Make yourself at home - we look forward to meeting you!**
** Please note your bedroom is upstairs**.
______ To improve your chances of your booking being approved please tell us a little about yourself and any people you are traveling with. This information is important to us as AirBnB is based on trust - after all we will be welcoming you into our home, not a hotel room. _________ Guest Access- Guests have access to their own bathroom and private bedroom with sitting space. Note on rare occasions in peak season the guest bathroom may be shared with a couple or single traveller. This does not happen often.
_ Sadly due to previous guests behaviour, the kitchen is not available.
- You are free to wander the farm to see the animals.
- For safety reasons the power shed is off limits to guests. Interaction with GuestsWe are busy people who work hard. We value our family time in the evenings. We prefer independent guests who enjoy their own space and privacy.
We are happy to give you plenty of tips and advice about local attractions/history/places to eat and shop and tips on travel in NZ.
I am happy to show you round the farm, just arrange a time with me. Otherwise you can wander around on your own.
Your privacy will be respected, and I will not enter your room during your stay. Please read the entire listing description to be sure I can fully meet your expectations. The NeighborhoodHokitika is the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the West Coast. All the best attractions are only a short drive away.
There are many easy bush walks close to our house, the closest winds through an old goldmine site dating back to the 1800's.
Take a walk through Hokitika town and see some of the sights mentioned in the Booker Prize winning author, Eleanor Catton's book, The Luminaries.
You really need at least two days in Hokitika to see most of the attractions. Getting AroundA car is a must to make the most of sightseeing.
We are 15mins from the airport.
The Tranz Alpine train comes into Greymouth Station 30 mins drive away.
The West Coast Cycle Trail is nearby.
Christchurch is 3 hours drive away over SH73 through Arthur's Pass. Other Things to NoteAs we are off-grid, we MUST be careful with our power. We do not have a microwave, air conditioning, dishwasher or electric blankets (we offer hotwater bottles in winter), but our house is very warm. Use of hairdryers is not permitted.
We cook on a woodstove in our kitchen. This also provides all the heating for the house. Water is collected from rainwater on the roof and totally safe to drink. In summer water is in short supply and we need to be careful with water use. We have cellphone coverage but it is not good.
**There is a TV in the room that can be used to watch DVD's (it is not able to get satellite channels).**
Guests can not cook here.