Among the Totara Trees

Price per night for 1 night

Accommodation Details

Homestay, with breakfast, in host's lovely, architecturally designed house in an olive grove with views of the Waiohine river and surrounding mountains. Cool in summer and warm in winter. The site is very peaceful with only birdsong and the occasional sound of nearby farm animals. Great place for relaxing under the beautiful old totara trees, walking beside the river or watching small children play in the spacious grounds.

Guest suite, with wheelchair access, has a wet area shower and an outside bathtub on the private balcony for bathing under the stars.

The master suite upstairs is only available for a second couple (or single adult) in the same party. It has expansive views of the grounds, river and mountains.

The small rustic cabin in the olive grove is totally private and has stunning views down the river. It is furnished with family heirlooms and lit with a small solar powered light but has no plumbing. Private toilet facilities and a hot outdoor shower are a short walk away in main house. Kitchen and other facilities are available to cabin guests.

Pets are negotiable. No smoking inside.

A maximum of three couples and several children can be accommodated, including the cabin accommodation. The master suite upstairs is only available when two or more bedrooms are required.

The children sleep in a multipurpose room on sleeping platforms(2)--or the mattresses can be moved to the floor if children are young. Portacot available for a baby and an additional mattress can be rolled out on the floor if a third child is too large for portacot. Children, under 12 years of age, cost $30 each, with breakfast. Under two are free.

This lovely, private site can be booked for a small celebration or function. With several portable beds available, 10-12 adults can be accommodated with others camping outside. $600 for first night and $400 for subsequent nights. Breakfasts not included. The host can assist you in arranging catering.


  • Barbecue
  • Board Games
  • Breakfasts
  • Catering
  • Check-in Time: 1:00pm
  • Check-out Time: 12:00pm
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Clothesline
  • Communal Kitchen
  • Dining Room
  • DVD Player
  • Free parking
  • Freeview
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Guest Lounge
  • High Speed wireless internet
  • Highchair
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library
  • Lounge Area with Fireplace
  • Parking - Free
  • Parking - Off street
  • Pet friendly
  • Petanque
  • Shower Facilities
  • Toilet Facilities
  • TV Room
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Weddings
  • Wheelchair Access
  • This was a very pleasant stay in a lovely olive grove. Beautiful totara trees too. Hostess was very helpful and friendly. Would love to come back.
    CHUCK KROON - Feb 7, 2020 (Stayed Jan 2020)
    Travelbug Verified Review
  • Our host Gael was fantastic and made us feel very welcome. The setting is stunning and so peaceful. Wonderful outdoor shower and bath (which we enjoyed immensely) and a stunning breakfast with our Hosts. We love the area and will be back :)
    MAREE AND MIKE SCOTT - May 1, 2017 (Stayed Apr 2017)
    Travelbug Verified Review
  • the cabin is located some distance from the house, so my boyfriend and I enjoyed a stay with only two of us. At 3 am or so, the moonlight was so bright. River sounded just beside us. The hostess is welcoming and nice!
    ANNI TANG - Apr 20, 2017 (Stayed Apr 2017)
    Travelbug Verified Review
  • A wonderful experience in the 'rustic cabin", amid the olive and totara trees. A night under the stars that even my 13yr old grandson loved. Wonderful hostess in Gail, made us very welcome and relaxed
    LINDA WILLIAMS - Feb 11, 2016 (Stayed Feb 2016)
    Travelbug Verified Review
  • Ruhige, etwas abgelegene Lage. Schönes Haus in ländlicher Umgebung, zwischen Olivenbäumen, herzliche Gastfreundschaft - man fühlt sich rundum wohl und wie zu Hause. Dazu schönes Frühstück draußen mit Früchten, Joghurt, Müesli, Toast und was dazu gehört.
    SILVIA BUECHLER - Jan 12, 2016 (Stayed Jan 2016)
    Travelbug Verified Review