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“11 out of 10! A jewel in Rakaia..”

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St. Itas Guesthouse
Ranked #1 of 1 Rakaia B&B and Inns
Adelaide, Australia
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“11 out of 10! A jewel in Rakaia..”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2012

We arrived at St Ita's the week of the Canterbury Show, Cup Week and the visit of Prince Charles and Camilla, hence Canterbury was extremely busy to say the least!
How lucky we were to have the opportunity to stay in this charming guesthouse with Miriam and Ken as our hosts. It truly is a "home away from home" and met all of our needs and expectations.
It is an easy drive to Christchurch airport from Rakaia and a perfect base to explore the history of the region. We would highly recommend St Ita's and look forward to staying there on our next holiday in NZ. Thank you Ken and Miriam for your wonderful hospitality.

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Taupo, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2012

i stayed here on Tuesday. It is one of the most charming places to stay at. Very old worldly. The hosts here are really helpful and go out of there way. i was the only guest that night but they made me feel like i was at home. Great room and overall a great stay!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2011

Our room at St. Itas was spacious and clean, and the space heater kept it a comfortable temperature. The hosts were very hospitable, offering tea and coffee upon our arrival, and serving a delicious breakfast the next morning. Though Rakaia is a small town, we enjoyed our stay at the charming B&B very much.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Blenheim , NZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2011

We were a party of 6 heading south for some cycling exercise. The stopover at St Itas was a great choice and certainly one we wish to repeat.The hosts were very warm,efficient and charming.The std of accomodation was tops... Highly recommended to all. John

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2011

St. Ita's is conveniently located being just off the main road south from Christchurch airport. Rakaia itself is very small - just a couple of shops and two pubs, only one of which was serving food while we were there. The building is nice, and the garden lovely but we found our room a bit shabby. Breakfast was good. The owners had family staying with them during our visit so were naurally a little pre-occupied but we had no complaints about the service.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2010

Thank you Miriam and Ken for a wonderful experience. We stayed only one night, yet we felt we new these people a lifetime. Its a clean and pleasant place that feels like you have stepped back in time with the high ceilings and cosy living space not seen in motel type accomodation.
Will try our best to stay again, maybe next time to do some salmon fishing and get our bottle of wine from Ken!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2010

We stayed here for 2 nights and the experience was wonderful. The hosts are friendly and full of suggestions as to what to see locally - the house and gardens itself are truly stunning - an old period home with lovely large beautifully decorated rooms, including a huge guest lounge which we had to ourselves - it has a good collection of books about the local area which allowed us to identify some plants and birds. Be sure to grab the fabulous booklet outlining a day driving trip - its full of local historical information which made the drive much more meaningful.
The only minor downside is that we had a few flies come in our room - no flywire.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: St. Itas Guesthouse
Address: 11 Rakaia Barrhill Methven Road | Ashburton District, Rakaia 7710, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Rakaia
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Rakaia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — St. Itas Guesthouse 3.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the elegant and comfortable accommodation that St Itas, a former Convent, can provide. St Itas is sited in Rakaia Township, just 40 minutes from Christchurch Airport on State Highway 1. Great first and last stop and base for exploring the Ashburton area. Four rooms: one with a private bathroom , the rest with ensuites, refreshment trays, electric blankets and extra heating, garden views . Guest lounge with Sky TV, DVD player and open fire. Large garden. Free Wi-Fi. Great breakfasts. Walking distance to pubs, cafes, crafts and River Terrace Walkway. Short distance to salmon fishing, Mt Hutt Skiing, Golf,Hot air ballooning, jet boating, bush walks. ... more   less 
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