We are so close to Christchurch CBD (38.5kms by road) yet it feels a million miles away. The beach is literally at our front door, less than a 2 minute walk down our garden path and your feet are wet, unless you stop to take your 'speedos' off!
Our rooms come with Cotton sheets and towels, wool underlays and either wool or down duvets.
We like to treat our guests as if they are family and friends and respect their privacy.
Evening farmstead dinner or a summers BBQ can be provided for NZ$55 per person and a packed or served lunch for NZ$25. We pride ourselves in using as many locally sourced or home-grown ingredients as possible, this includes our veges, lamb and mutton. We use our own farm fresh free range eggs, you can even go and collect them from under a hen if you wish?
Breakfast is served in the Farm Kitchen amongst the bustle of the farm day's planning or in our Dining room where its peaceful and full of our magnificent harbour views. The breakfast served to you is cooked (additiona $15) and choose from our continental buffet.
Bring your own wine or beers, we do have a supply if you run out.
We are a farming family, Sam and Pete farm over 750 acres carrying 700 ewes, 200 2-tooth replacements, various amounts of lambs and breeding rams, up to 30 head of cattle, 3 horses, about 20 chickens for fresh free range eggs, 5 farm working dogs and 3 terriers.
Ocean-liners, ships, fishing boats and pleasure craft can be seen regularly from the lounge or front bedroom window passing at distance on their ways to and from the Lyttleton port. At night there are no lights to be seen apart from small navigation beacons in the harbour or the odd cabin light. No street lights to be seen from our house.
Its so ‘farm’ quiet! We don't really have any neighbours either!
Nearest public transport, about 6.5 kms away, is the Diamond Harbour ferry linking with Taxis and Red buses at Lyttleton. We can do transfer if required. Please ask for details.
Travel to 'Tai Tapu' village and follow the Christchurch Akaroa Road until you get to Motukarara, look for the Blue Duck Cafe and turn left onto Gebbies Pass Road. Once over Gebbies Pass, turn right when you get to the Teddington' 'Wheatsheaf Tavern' towards Diamond Harbour
Theres a small supermarket at Church Bay, all you need for snacks and drinks
There's 1x cafe there for a coffee stop, then get onto Purau Avenue. Follow the avenue to Purau Bay, once you are at Purau beach, stay on the road which follows the coastline.
This is Camp Bay Road (DO NOT turn right and go to Port levy) and you are only 4.4 kms from our farm. The road is sealed for about 1.5 kms. Go over the cattle stop and the gravel road will ride along the hills and harbour, stop to take a few photos, the road is narrow so please drive slowly, look ahead and keep to the left in case oncoming traffic is coming.
Continue on Camp Bay Road until you come to the end, look to the left and you will see the double gate which leads down to the beach car park, '440' is marked on the gate.
Please close the gate after you come through and head down the track and take the first gateway on the right which has "440 Te Pohue, Beach House". Follow our short gravel drive around and down to the homestead.
Come in and make yourself at home.
Closer than you think.
440 Camp Bay Road
Phone: +64 3 329 3276
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Rooms from $95.00 - $195.00
Children: No charge for beach towels or hiking access.
Dinner: Good square farm meal (or BBQ) with pudding $45 each
"Te Pohue Farm is in an idyllic location above the beach in Camp Bay, at the end of the road east of Diamond Harbour, on the north coast of the Banks Peninsular. The farmhouse has charm and atmosphere, with a wood panelled interior and surrounded by a wonderful subtropical garden and groves of pine trees. Our room overlooked the ocean and we were lulled to sleep by the sound of the surf break. There are spectacular trail walks along the cliffs and around the farm, with horse treks on offer for those who ride. Sam and Pete are wonderful hosts. They greeted us with gin and tonics at the kitchen table after our long drive from Queenstown, cooked a superb dinner for us both nights of our stay; we ate and chatted together as if we’d known each other for years. They run a working farm and it was great to see the animals, and get insights in to farming life in New Zealand. The Banks Peninsular is a good location for a rural B and B stay. Te Pohue is only an hour from Christchurch but feels wonderfully remote and other worldly. A scenic drive over the hills brings you to the historic French colonial town of Akaroa with its charming timber houses, set on a beautiful natural harbour. We took a boat tour to see the local dolphins, seals and penguins: the guide was knowledgeable and the wildlife appeared on cue. We even saw an albatross! We loved our stay at Te Pohue and wished we could have spent more time there. Whether you want some time away from city life or would rather not stay in the still-desolate Christchurch downtown (only slowly being rebuilt after the 2011 earthquake), this farm is a gorgeous and interesting place to stay. Highly recommended."
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