Reviews for Artists Retreat Kaikoura

Kaikoura, New Zealand

 Perfect family holiday

Review by Chris on 4/12/21, 5:13 PM

This is the best family holiday we have ever had. Three generations of our family were incredibly comfortable, entertained, and pampered in this marvellous home for 3 nights over Easter. The hosts have thought of everything to keep kids happy, and as Leanne said, "If the children are happy, the adults are happy." We arrived in a storm with a 6 year old and a 4 year old who immediately made themselves at home with the huge collection of toys, puzzles, games, books, and drawing and colouring materials on hand. We needn't have brought anything to entertain them. Two days later one of them asked if there was a TV, not having noticed it or even thought about it until then. After the storm we had two days of perfect weather with views of the sea in one direction and of snowy mountains in the other. Leanne showed us all around the farmlet, with special attention to the children, taking them to pat the sheep, goats, and pigs; observe the cows, hens, ducks, and birds; collect eggs, and accompany her on her quad bike (a terrific thrill). The kids were even asked to babysit some newborn chicks overnight! The house is quirky and comfy and perfect for a family. There's no need to worry about kids destroying things, all very child friendly. For adults, it was amazingly well stocked with food and every imaginable condiment. Jokingly one of us asked if there was any vanilla essence to add to cream, and yes, there was. The best surfing beach is only 3 minutes away. The house is on a hill just north of Kaikoura, very quiet and peaceful. Honestly, the hosts were perfect and the holiday couldn't have been better. Thank you so much, Leanne and Richard.

 Quite a special place

Review by FotoTraveler on 3/23/20, 10:45 PM

We were looking for something different while we toured NZ with some friends, and this place worked out great for us -- it is really creative, whimsical, and fun. The hosts were quite pleasant, considerate and entertaining and the property and animals that inhabit it are fun to explore. There was something for everyone and we all found it to be delightful, a great start to our adventures around the South Island.

 BOOK HERE - you cant go wrong!

Review by WHAT A PLACE on 12/6/19, 8:07 PM

We stayed here and booked for 2 nights. We loved it so much we ended up staying for 5 nights! This place is better stocked than our house. It is relaxing and the views are incredible. The animals are super friendly and we could even help bottle feed some little lambs and calves plus feed and pat the other bigger animals. Leanne and Richard are so nice and welcoming you feel you are part of the family. We even got photos taken of us which we were sent at the end of our trip. This place is a destination to itself and we will be back and tell our friends to stay here as well. It was truely the best place we stayed in NZ after nearly 6 weeks of travelling both North and South Islands. thank you