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Christchurch and Canterbury Hotels

Claremont Country Estate

Pros

  • Superb colonial homestead reminiscent of earlier days
  • Options include a full lodge stay, including three-course dinner, or cheaper B&
  • B accommodations
  • A winner in Andrew Harper's Hideaway report

Cons

  • Last part of the drive in is narrow and winding (but rather pretty)

Updated 02/26/2014

Fodor's Review

This spectacular deer and sheep station is up the Waipara Gorge, a 10-minute drive inland from Amberley; its luxurious homestead was built from limestone quarried on the property in the late 1860s.Watch where you walk—that white stone you see might turn out to be a marine dinosaur fossil. The one luxury suite and five homestead suites are elegantly furnished with antiques. A compelling guided four-wheel-drive tour is thrown in if you stay three or more nights. You can

wander about the 2,400-acre farm, extensive gardens, and private nature reserve as well. Children over 12 are welcome, but are treated as adults.

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Hotel Information

Address:

828 Ram Paddock Rd., Amberley, 7482, New Zealand

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Phone:

03-314–7559

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Lodge closed August.
  • 6 suites
  • Breakfast; Some meals

Updated 02/26/2014

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