This was a comfortable stay and a memorable experience. I'm not always up for a B&B stay, just to lend some perspective. But we were so glad we chose this spot to spend a couple of nights while exploring the area's worthwhile sights. Karamea itself, by the way, is a sleepy town, not in a lovely quaint way, but rather, somewhat devoid of charm. Looking around for a lunch spot, our impression was that the town has not much to offer in terms of either food or atmosphere. Which only made Dianne and Russell's farm and home all the more welcoming. The accommodations are attached to the main house, but also have fully private entrances and parking. Our room was spacious and comfortable, and our hosts couldn't have been more gracious. Dianne is a wonderful cook, we highly recommend having her prepare dinner for you if you have the option. Both our dinner and breakfast were made from freshly harvested vegetables, locally caught fish that very day, dairy products from their own cows and fresh eggs from a neighboring farm. Generous portions, lovingly and expertly prepared with fresh herbs from the garden, and dinner served with a selection of New Zealand wines. We also got a fascinating insight into the family farming life in New Zealand. We are so glad we ventured up the west coast to the 'end of the road,' and very happy we got to stay on Dianne and Russell's farm.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Karamea Beachfront Farmstay B&B, a place where everything you could want in a seaside retreat is available after your journey to the rugged West Coast. Whether arriving by foot, bike or motor, owners Dianne and Russell Anderson provide a genuine West Coast welcome that will make you feel like you are home again.With rooms available year round, fresh homegrown food, a working dairy farm, BBQ/bonfire on the beach (only 2mins away), or a fishing experience with Russell and his Kentiki torpedo, Beachfront Farmstay offers something for everyone. Come and take in all the fishing, hiking, biking and relaxing you can handle. A birdwatchers paradise, pukeko, grey & paradise ducks, swallows, harrier hawks and the occasional visit from a white heron on the pond. ... more less