The Artists Retreat

593 Kincaid Road (State Highway 1), Hapuku, Kaikoura
Max Guests

About this Holiday House

The Artists Retreat is not just stay - it's an experience! NO - you don't need to be an Artist to stay or enjoy it here! We have a unique 3 bedroom 2 storey house that can easily sleep up to 6 peopled YES the whole house is yours for your stay! Our layout is: DOWN STAIRS - 2 bedrooms 1 with a queen bed and the other bedroom has 2 single beds and a baby cot/crib. The lounge room has plenty of seating and can also convert into a double and a single sofa bed. Laundry with washing machine and dryer. Bathroom with toilet, shower/bath combination, toiletries and linens supplied. UP STAIRS - open plan studio/loft style has 1 king size bed, small sitting area that can also convert into a queen sofa bed, dining room and a fully equipped kitchen. The fully equipped kitchen has everything you need to cook your meals. 4 burner stove, pots, fry pans, rice cooker, slow cooker, steamers, oversized pots, electric fry pan. We have some basic food items also provided and some breakfast items for you to cook when your ready consist of tea, coffee, milk, bread, bacon, eggs, juice, yoghurt. There is also lots of condiments as well. Our fast Wifi so you can instantly upload your pictures and impress your friends with your new found surrounds and holiday snaps or stream without lag. There are stunning elevated views of the magnificent Seaward Kaikoura mountains (snow capped in winter), farmlands and the across the Pacific Ocean to Kaikoura township and the Peninsula. Feel free to stroll around and you can walk the small QEII Native Bushland on our property - we also have animals that love to be patted and fed if you choose to. You wont regret choosing to stay with us!

Details and amenities

Child friendly
No pets
Linen provided
No smoking
No disabled access
Sky TV
Heating & cooling
Air Conditioning
Electric blankets
Fire place
Heat pump
Food processor
High Chair
Accessible Bathroom
Cot Available
Extra Bedding
Washing Machine
Boat parking
Off Street Parking
Tea, coffee, sugar etc
CD player
Cellphone coverage
Cleaning equipment
Cleaning supplies
Clothes line
Drying room
Electric heat
Fire wood supplied
Internet available
Laundry Tub
Outdoor furniture
Wood stove

Bed layout

1 King(s), 1 Queen(s), 2 Single(s), 3 Sofa bed(s), 1 Cot(s), 1 Extra bed(s) available

Special Amenities

Situated on a unique hilltop, your part of our lifestyle block & surrounded by farmlands The Artists Retreat is on the main highway only 6km North (just a short 8 minutes drive) from Kaikoura and we are easily accessible as our entrance is off the main road - State Highway 1. There is a small Q.E 11 native bush reserve to stroll around. The stunning views you will never tire of enjoying over farm lands from the mountains (which are snow capped in winter) onto the sea & the Kaikoura peninsula. It is literally a forever changing scenery and each scene is different each day or minute. We also have some cheeky farm animals and pets that you can hand feed and photograph.

Special Attractions and Activities Nearby

Kaikoura has great coastal and bush walks as well as many outdoor activities: whale watching, swim/kayak with dolphins, ski field 90 minutes away, fishing charters, scenic helicopter and plane flights, 18 and 9 hole golf courses, surfing, bike hire just to name a few. There are a number of shops in town, art and craft galleries in and around Kaikoura. We do suggest that you book any tours and restaurants you would like prior to your arrival to avoid disappointment as they do fill quickly in peak seasons. We are a quick 8 minute scenic drive from town. If you want a town stay please book in town or if you want a new house stay with stark features book elsewhere, but if you want a quiet, unique place with town and mountain views as your backdrop in a qwerty house with some great animals that will be memorable - book to stay here! You won't forget your time here with us in Kaikoura!


Average Rating: 5
8 total reviews

Rustic, spacious house full of character. Wood burning stove provided warmth on the chilly days and Bob made sure we had plenty of wood. Everything you could possibly need for a long stay. Fantastic views from all windows and the deck. If you love nature, animals, art and vintage cars then this is the place for you! It has individuality by the bucket load and we would definitely recommend a visit. Kaikoura is up and running and needs your support.
Response from Owner
We are very happy that your trip to Kaikoura was what you had hoped for. With every day that goes by things get better here & we appreciated your support. As guests you were perfect and we would welcome you back.
Stunning views, beautiful spot and lovely character house. My partner and I enjoyed everything about our stay, the location, the welcoming hosts and let's no forget all the different farm animals! Highly recommended.
Response from Owner
Just the guests to have.We enjoyed their company. The Artists Retreat was left spotless & our farm animals enjoyed the patting & feeding. Thank you Isabelle, you are both most welcome to stay again. Cheers Bob & Karen.
Just a wonderful place to stay (we 4 days, 6 of us). Great if you have a variety of people with a variety of ages - you are not crammed in - plenty of space for everyone. Bob was very helpful and really good for kids. Will recommend.
Response from Owner
Thanks for comments. It was great to have you as guests and you are most welcome to return. A1 rating.
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Date rangeRatesExtra guestsMinimum stay
23 Dec - 30 Dec $350 / Night for 2 guests$401 Night
Rest of year$300 / Night for 2 guests$401 Night
23 Dec - 30 Dec
$350 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $40Min. stay: 1 Night
Rest of year
$300 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $40Min. stay: 1 Night
You will enjoy your stay here - most people wish they booked for longer so please do think about what your doing in Kaikoura as some water tours may be cancelled if weather is bad/windy etc so allow additional day or two so can re-book your trip again.
Before booking, please read below.
The Base rate is for 1-2 people.
Additional guests are $60.00 per person per night regardless of age.
ALL children and extra people are charged the additional guest rate regardless of their age 0-99.
Please let us know if extras are coming so we can add the linens and items so you can make the extra sofa beds up as needing.
We have a cot in the single bed room and also a port-a-cot available if wanting to have a child in the same room as you.
If you are having children staying can you please also advise their ages so we can move pieces higher, take bits out etc.
You agree to leave the house clean and tidy as found and you agree to wash up all kitchen utensils/items used in dishwasher.
You wont make the beds when leaving - used towels just left in the laundry basket.
CANCELLATION POLICY: On failure to arrive or if a booking cannot be replaced if cancelled within 7 days prior to your arrival date the full tariff will be charged.
Any cancellation 1 week prior to arrival 100% of tariff will be charged by agent.




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