This is a beautiful B&B run by very charming people. We didn't have anywhere booked for Akaroa as we didn't know if we could fit it into our itenary on our tour of the South Island. We arrived in the evening and tried to find a few B&B's that were open, and arrived at Wilderness House.
Its a fantastic charming old house and you feel like you're entering something historic on arrival. We had a choice of bedroom, all which were gorgeous and well presented. Liz was very good arranging a meal for us nearby and then we shared a lovely bottle of wine with Jim and Liz when we got back from the meal.
Breakfast was lovely and well presented again.
We had hoped to go on the boat trip to swim with the dolphins, but this was booked out, so good idea to book ahead. The drive from Christchurch to Akaroa is fantastic, so make sure you're doing it in plenty daylight.
Would recommend Wilderness House to anyone travelling around NZ. It was the first B&B we stayed in during our 2 week tour of the South Island and it was definately a worth while treat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Treat yourself to a memorable experience in one of Akaroa’s gracious historic homes. A charming and romantic retreat nestled in a beautiful one acre garden and vineyard. Enjoy cosy open fires and gorgeous bedrooms. Join us for a glass of our estate wine in the evenings. Linger over our special cooked breakfasts. Tranquil, private and secluded yet just a short stroll to the village. Open all year round, multiple night rates and group bookings available. ... more less
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