Fodor's Expert Review Claremont Country Estate

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

Editor's Note: This location is no longer in operation.

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.


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


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



Phones: 03-314–7559


6 suites
Rate Includes: Lodge closed August., Free breakfast; Some meals

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