We stayed at the Miners Arms for one night, as the last night of a trip to New Zealand. The location is rural and quiet, outside of Christchurch, and perfect for the airport and travelling. The owner (Lorna) was extremely friendly and helpful and made plenty of time to show us the farm and feed the animals.
The accomodation itself is more like a self-contained appartment - there are two bedrooms (a queen and a single), a living room, a large balcony facing the farm and a bathroom. Our breakfast was freshly prepared and fantastic.
Overall, we would whole-heartedly recomend this place to anyone lucky enough to confirm a booking - it is pretty much fully-booked and we can see why! Many thanks to Lorna for making our stay memorable and enjoyable, and to George the fierce guard dog (not!!!!) for being so friendly.
By the way, buy some of the home-made plum jam to bring with you when you leave....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just 10 minutes from Christchurch International Airport and on the western edge of Christchurch city and its attractions. A warm welcome to Miners Arms and enjoy an attractive and comfortable private first floor suite to yourself. Our home is set in a peaceful 10 acres of orchard, paddocks and woodland with alpacas and sheep to meet. Most B+Bs give you a room - at Miners Arms you will have our whole first floor suite to yourself. Sleeping 1-4, the suite has 4 comfortable, attractive and well-equipped rooms overlooking the garden, paddocks, orchard and woodland - queen bedroom, twin bedroom with single bed and king single bed), lounge with comfortable seating, fridge, microwave, complimentary hot drinks, Sky TV, DVD and a variety of DVDs, books, board games), full bathroom and shower and your own balcony with seating and a great view of the property, sunset and the stars. Relax, or explore our 10 acres, feed the alpacas, sheep and chickens , get to know our dogs Frankie and Sky. After a restful night's sleep, we will serve you a generous breakfast of cooked/continental choices at a time to suit you. 5-10 Minute drive to , Rolleston Tranz Alpine train station, malls at Hornby and Rccarton, Dressmart outlet store, West Melton and various wineries (Larcombs, Tresillian, Trents, Langdales), 5 golf courses, Orana Park, Antarctic Centre. ... more less