Kahikatea Retreat - Akaroa Area

88 Donovans Road, Wainui, Canterbury
Max Guests

About this Holiday House

Located on 12 acres of country farmland, with stunning panoramic views of Akaroa harbour, Kahikatea Retreat is a bliss romantic escape in absolute luxury. Stay just a 5-minute drive away from the beach, sleep under a starlit sky, and enjoy the lavish furnishings in our gorgeous farm cottage. Wainui Bay is just a 30 mintute drive from Akaroa and a 1.5 hour drive from Christchurch International Airport. Take time out to stop and relax in this stunning area of New Zealand. The cottage is a historic and charming one bedroom house, with its own private patio and garden. The bed is an opulent King-sized deluxe bed, for supreme sleeping in absolute comfort. It comes with luxury linen, plush pillows and a beautiful artisan quilt. On top of this, the cottage includes an collection of designer furniture. What’s more, the heart-and-soul cottage is entirely decorated with gorgeous artworks from local artists, depicting the stunning surrounding area. The tiled bathroom includes a shower, toilet, vanity, and an indulgent bathtub - perfect for a candlelit evening. The cottage also comes with a flat-screen TV, a fully-equipped kitchen and a gas fireplace. Once the summer home of renowned writer Armistead Maupin, the property was acquired by his sister, Jane Maupin Yates, and her late husband Joe, in 1993. The cottage was built in 1996 and the table and chairs are where Armistead wrote the original manuscript Tales of the City. Esteemed visitors such as Sir Ian McKellen (who says "Kahikatea rivals Middle-earth") have enjoyed the relaxation of Te Rangi ( which is the cottage). The grandiose, remote surrounding property adds to the retreat’s luxury and leisure. Based on 12 acres of picturesque country farmland, the cottage provides an authentic, rural, New Zealand landscape and experience. Surrounded by the stunning rolling hills of Banks Peninsula, the spectacular panoramic views of Akaroa harbour will inspire you. Just a 30-minute walk away from beautiful Wainui bay, you can enjoy a swim in the cool, blue waters of the harbour. The farm includes extensive gardens, impressive in their scope and exquisite grooming. One particularly remarkable feature in the splendid gardens is the famous Kahikatea tree - 150 years old, and spiritually significant, people travel from all around to visit it. The farm also has an idyllic, tranquil pond and a sparkling, emerald stream running through the property, which cascades into a waterfall, for you to enjoy. A romantic getaway in a remote location, the retreat is not affected by light pollution, so you can lie beneath a sky full of stars. The owners also live on the property, in a historic homestead - however, this is a fair distance from the cottage and privacy is guaranteed. Please note: There is wifi at the cottage but limited cell phone coverage, Vodafone 100%, limited 2 Degrees and Spark requires wifi calling, full coverage is available 5 mins drive down to the bay. We would recommend a 4 wheel drive vehicle in winter. Kahikatea Country Retreat combines leisure and luxury in the best possible way. Enjoy elegance in this beautiful private cottage on dazzling New Zealand farmland.

Details and amenities

No kids
No pets
Linen provided
No smoking
No disabled access
Extra Bedding
Off Street Parking
Tea, coffee, sugar etc
Cleaning equipment
Cleaning supplies
Electric heat
Ensuite Bathroom
Outdoor furniture

Bed layout

1 Super King(s)

Special Amenities

There is a large fenced paddock exercise area for your dogs - please enquire if you wish to bring your dog.


Average Rating: 5
2 total reviews

A Harrison
Fantastic dog friendly accommodation with two fully fenced paddocks for our canine companion to romp around in. Gay and Ian are fabulous hosts. The cottage was immaculate with everything you could need for a short break. We made full use of the beautiful garden, and very much enjoyed our pre dinner drinks on the verandah while listening to the birds and the sound of the stream. The complimentary treats were appreciated by all! All in all, Kahikatea Retreat is a very relaxing a peaceful place to take a step back from the world for a few days.
Response from Owner
Thank you for your kind words, Allison. We are happy to hear that you had an amazing stay with us and I will make sure to share this with Ian and Gay. It was a pleasure hosting you and are always welcome back anytime. :) - Mayie, Christchurch Holiday Homes Team
Sally Roche
We cannot speak highly enough of our stay at Kahikatea Retreat. The owners, Ian and Gay could not have been more generous guests and went above and beyond to make sure our stay was amazing. They greeted us when we arrived and showed us around the beautiful farm the property is on. They left all sorts of goodies in the kitchen - cheese, local wine, the basics and much more. The house is small but delightful and the views are amazing. If you’re looking for an idyllic escape away from it all, we cannot recommend it highly enough.
Response from Owner
Thanks for being great guests, Sally. It was such a pleasure hosting you and thanks for the lovely feedback. I will make sure to share this with Ian and Gay. We hope we could host you again next time! :) - Mayie, Christchurch Holiday Homes Team



Date rangeRatesExtra guestsMinimum stay
7 Dec - 16 Jan $685 / Night for 2 guests$553 Nights
Rest of year$685 / Night for 2 guests$552 Nights
7 Dec - 16 Jan
$685 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $55Min. stay: 3 Nights
Rest of year
$685 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $55Min. stay: 2 Nights
All of our houses offer 24 Hour Self Check-in / Check-out. Check-in is available from 3PM and check-out is before 10AM. The houses are fitted with either secure lock boxes containing the keys or coded door access, for which you will receive the code in your arrival information prior to your stay.
We can provide a port-a-cot, highchair and baby bath if required at extra cost, please send us a message when you book and we will ensure they are ready at the house for your arrival.
We require photo ID and your credit card details and will charge a pre-authorisation of $500 the day before your arrival which puts a pending hold on those funds and this will automatically drop off after 7 days. If there are extra charges for damage or extra costs you will be notified of these via email and be sent an invoice.

Once your booking is confirmed please email photo ID, you will also be asked to provide your Credit card details which will have a pre-authorization of $500




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