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Kokopu Estate
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Reviewed 30 January 2013

We recently stayed in the self contained Kokopu Cottage on the Kokopu Estate, run by the most lovely hosts Wendy and Mark, who made our stay so special. It was our first family holiday in 5 years and it was a truly memorable stay which my husband, 3 year old daughter and I will always hold dear.

There were many incredible aspects to this holiday spot; with the charming yet incredibly comfortable cottage, sitting and listening to our own private stream with 'Neil the Eel' making a guest appearance, woolly sheep grazing on the rolling green hills, fluffy bumble bees, an outdoor bath and separate reading hut, well kept but free flowing garden with incredible rose bushes and personal touches everywhere - all set amongst an unparalleled sense of tranquility and privacy.

Such a great find, it will renew your faith in beauty, nature and human goodness. If you are looking for a relaxing, yet interesting holiday accommodation we couldn't recommend more highly this truly utopian place on earth.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

My husband, daughter & I (plus our beloved wee dog Ruby) stayed in Kokopu Cottage for two nights recently. From the moment we pulled into the driveway we were enchanted by this little red gem nestled in a lush green valley, surrounded by birdsong & the gentle burble of the stream at the bottom of the garden. The cottage itself is absolutely gorgeous: full of character & hiding a myriad of lovely surprises to be discovered in drawers & cupboards-- everything you could ever want or need for a relaxing getaway. There are stunning views wherever you look, & it's amazingly private & peaceful. The outdoor bath is something that everyone should be lucky enough to experience- soaking under the stars while surrounded by native bush is simply magical. A real soul-nurturing holiday, & just what we needed. Thank you, Mark & Wendy, for sharing such a beautiful piece of kiwi paradise with us-- we will be back to stay again for sure. :)

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Lisa R
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Reviewed 14 January 2013

Kokopu is a beautiful place to stay. We stayed in The Gatekeepers Cottage and found it was so private and pretty. We went to sleep and woke in the morning to the sound of birds singing in the bush near by. Beautiful sunsets and sunrises, the most comfortable bed and our wee boy loved the goldfish and Furgus the dog who is a real character and very sweet. We had really hot weather during our holiday and Wendy organised a paddling pool for our toddler which was just great. Kokopu is a top spot and run by cool people.

Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
Thank belinda w
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Reviewed 15 September 2012

Mark & Wendy hosted our wedding with guests from all over NZ and the UK. The location, house, rooms and hospitality were all fantastic. The welcome we received helped to make our time here especially memorable. Great catering by the Akaroa cooking school for the main event and a great prematch meal at Vangioni's.
Kokopu is a unique venue, not to be overlooked and probably unbeatable!
Thanks Mark & Wendy

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Lordschache
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Reviewed 15 June 2012

I can only echo other's comments on Kokopu Cottage, we didn't want to leave. We stayed for 3 nights while exploring the Akaroa area, and loved our little cottage nestled in its own valley - with a stream running through the garden and sheep nearly at the door, it's a little patch of paradise. The cottage is slighly rustic, but with all comforts provided, lovingly furnished and bursting with character, and this only adds to its charm - spending time with Wendy and Mark, the owners, and learning about the history of the place was fascinating. We didn't use the outdoor bath as the evenings were cool, but curling up in front of the log fire with a glass of wine, after a day exploring Akaroa Harbour and a fantastic meal at Vangionis, was a great end to the day.

Room Tip: Kokopu Cottage is the ultimate 'get away from it all' retreat.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 May 2012

A truly fantastic place to stay, combined with the beautiful Akaroa harbour in all of its sparkling glory, the Kokopu estate gave us a magical start to our New Zealand adventure. Mark and Wendy were lovely hosts, incredibly kind and helpful. The accommodation in Gate Keepers is exquisite - quirky details and Mark's building handiwork is fantastic. Wish we could have stayed forever! We shall return..... :)

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank moggygirl
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

Stayed here for a couple days and realized that I could have just moved in for a month.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank leputz
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Additional Information about Kokopu Estate

Address: 155 Grehan Valley Road, Akaroa 8161, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Akaroa
Price Range: £98 - £110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kokopu Estate Cottages - Kokopu Cottage is idyllically situated beside a stream with gorgeous garden and native trees. Two bedrooms, full kitchen and bathroom with washing machine.Open fire in the living room. Secluded outdoor wood-fired bath beside the stream. DVD player, games and books. No WiFi - this is country living at it's best. The Gatekeepers Cottage is a luxurious romantic retreat with ensuite bathroom and private courtyard. Stunning location. Self catering or delicious cooked breakfast bought to you. WiFi available The Potager Suite is a bed and breakfast room within the main house with a private adjacent bathroom. Single room also available. Lounge with open fire available for guests use. ... more   less 
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