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Why we like it
- A working sheep and cattle coastal farm set along scenic Banks Peninsula on the South Island
- Choose from four private and secluded luxury villas each with its own unique style
- The award-winning chef provides you with a tantalising farm-to-table experience
- Wealth of activities to be enjoyed from hiking and biking to kayaking and scenic helicopter flights
Take out the complimentary mountain bikes and explore the farm roads from Shepherd’s Cottage and beyond.
First experience with A&K. Intended to ask various travel companies for quotes but Vicky (Hamlin) was so good with her suggestions that we did not seek alternative quotations the suggested itinerary was excellent and helped us decide on a balanced and interesting holiday.
- GD, Windermere
A working coastal farm set along scenic Banks Peninsula on the South Island, Annandale whisks you away from the everyday world. Surrounded by the farm hills and facing a private bay, the unique cedar-clad beach house of Scrubby Bay provides a completely private setting for groups of up to 14 people. Modern and clean interiors give way to a huge open plan living space complete with roaring log fire and a well-stocked bookcase. There are three ocean-facing suites, a bunk room and an outdoor deck with swimming pool, making it the ideal choice for relaxing with family and friends.
Sleeping just two guests at a time, Seascape is arguably the most romantic of the villas. Accessible by helicopter or a 4WD transfer across the cliff-top farm tracks, it enjoys a pocket of privacy and peace overlooking a secluded bay. Characterised by a turf roof, stone walls and striking glass façade, this ultra-modern retreat provides comfort no matter what the season. Relax in the luxurious outdoor spa while on the lookout for playful dolphins and seals frolicking in the waters before you.
Perhaps the most charming, the Shepherd’s Cottage enjoys a secluded location in the hills with uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean and Kaikoura Ranges. A cosy rural retreat sleeping just two, return from a day exploring the farm to snuggle up on the sheepskins in front of the open fire.
The largest of all four villas is The Homestead. Built in the 1880s and lovingly restored to its former glory, the house boasts four master suites with en suite bathroom, a fifth bedroom with a set of bunk beds and two double beds, a private swimming pool and spa pool, tennis court and exercise gym.
Activities abound at Annandale; be it kayaking and boating in the surrounding turquoise waters, hiking or biking through the picturesque farmland, or learning the tricks of the trade during a hands-on private cookery class held in the comfort of your own villa.
Best time to be there
Summer on the north island (December to February) is ideal for outdoor pursuits with mild temperatures and hours of sunshine. Venture to the numerous ski slopes and warm up close to a crackling fire during the winter months in June to August.
Auckland (Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, daily)
26 hours, one stop
GMT +12 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
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