Treat yourself to a relaxing holiday at our quiet and secluded retreat overlooking Akaroa Harbour. Private and peaceful with amazing sea views and abundant birdlife, seemingly remote but only 3 kilometres on a scenic road from the township. We have two accommodation options, the self-contained Akaroa Coastal Cottage (sleeps up to 6 people) and the Akaroa Coastal Studio (sleeps 2).

Studio guests or a couple from the cottage may enjoy private use of our outdoor spa pool / jacuzzi / hot tub. All accommodation includes complimentary WiFi and SkyTV.  We offer personalised harbour cruises on a modern 33-foot Farr MRX yacht during summer.


Cottage terrace


Cottage kitchen open to terrace


Dining with spiral stair to bedrooms


Cottage sitting area


Sliding door open to terrace

Bedroom 1

Bedroom 1

Bedroom 2

Bedroom 2 with single beds

Superking bed

Bedroom 2 with super-king bed

Bedroom 3

Bedroom 3


Path down to cottage


Mamaku treefern beside the terrace


Cottage and mamaku treeferns


Aerial view of the cottage


The cottage sleeps up to 6 people in 2 bedrooms, with an optional 3rd bedroom available. It is private, self-contained and well-equipped. If you enjoy the outdoors and are happy with a 70-metre bush walk with steps down from your car then you will love the cottage and its seclusion.
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Complimentary WiFi and SkyTV. Large bath, separate shower and laundry facilities. The living/dining room opens onto a large covered terrace with table, chairs, couches and a gas barbeque. A couple booking the cottage for a romantic getaway, or a couple of friends, can enjoy private use of our outdoor spa pool (jacuzzi)... use is shared with guests in our studio accommodation so please book your private time.

Suitable for families - we provide a portacot and highchair. Probably not suitable for anyone with a walking disability - see photos of the path down to the cottage and the spiral stair serving the bedrooms.

Coastal Cottage charges:

Off-peak: $170/night for up to 4 people + $10/night extra for each additional person (6 max total)

Peak season (mid-December - mid-February, Easter, Labour and Show weekends): $200/night for up to 4 people + $10/night extra for each additional person (6 max total)

Charges above are for 2-night minimum stays. We accept 1-night bookings for an additional $35/night in some circumstances, please enquire.

Charges above are for 2 bedrooms (queen and 4 singles). A third bedoom (queen) with external access can be booked for an additional charge of $30/night

Charges above are without linen. Full linen can be booked for an additional $15/person/stay.


Studio bed and view


Studio bedroom with kitchenette and bathroom


View from the studio bed...


and the same view in winter


Guests enjoying a sunset from the jacuzzi


Guests are welcome to use our deck


Studio table and comfy chairs


Studio kitchenette


Ensuite bathroom

Evening view

The studio overlooking the harbour


Tekoteko standing at studio entrance

Garden seat

Guests' private garden seat


Studio in its bush setting


The studio sleeps 1-2 in a queen bed. It has an ensuite bathroom, small kitchenette (microwave, fridge, toaster, jug) and table with chairs. The studio is quiet and private. It is attached to our home and is adjacent to where you park your car, it has a separate entrance and its own key, so you can come and go as you please.
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Complimentary WiFi and SkyTV are provided. We encourage our studio guests to use our deck and they can enjoy private use of our outdoor spa pool (jacuzzi)... use is shared with guests in our cottage accommodation so please book your private time.

Not suitable for children under 14 years of age.

Studio charges:


Full linen is included

Continental breakfast hampers can be booked for an additional charge of $20/person/night. Please let us know when booking if you have specific dietary requirements, e.g. gluten-free, vegan etc.


Harbour cruises


Sail with us on a 33-foot Farr MRX yacht in summer


Walk to the summit of Onawe Peninsula

Le Bons Bay

Stroll along Le Bons bay beach and lagoon

Hector's dolphins

Swim with Hector's dolphins


Take a tour to the seal colony at Goat Point


Visit Onuku marae and historic church


Discover Okains Bay and its amazing museum


Explore Hinewai, Curry and Misty Peaks reserves


Lose yourself in the Waihora wetlands at Kaituna

Heritage Park

Wander around Akaroa Heritage Park


Promenade along the Akaroa waterfront


Stagger around the Akaroa Heads Reserve in a gale


Here's a dozen of our favourite things to do and places to go in Akaroa and on Banks Peninsula. There are many historic places and buildings, scenic drives and reserves, cruise and adventure operations in and around Akaroa... this photo gallery is just a selection. We would be happy to tell you more about them and many others when you arrive.
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Akaroa is a small seaside settlement, 80 kilometres by road from Christchurch. The Maori name translates as 'long bay' and refers to the harbour, in the crater of an extinct volcano that has been flooded by the sea. The township began in 1840 as the only attempt by the French to colonise New Zealand.


During the summer season we offer our adult guests (and anyone else who enquires about a sail through the contact form on our website) a 15% discount voucher for personalised harbour cruises on our modern 33-foot Farr MRX yacht. Competitive prices for small numbers (2-6 guests) with flexible departure times and durations. Sit back and relax with your camera or take the tiller for hands-on sailing. Learn-to-sail instruction from a YNZ-qualified skipper if requested. Let us know when booking or through our contact form if you are interested.

Visit Harbour Sail for more info about our sailing options. Because sailing is weather-dependent, we do not require payment in advance but our guest crew numbers are small so please let us know if you are interested in sailing with us, when booking your accommodation or through the enquiry form on this website, and we will contact you to discuss the options, quote prices and book you in.


Treat yourself to a relaxing holiday at our quiet and secluded retreat overlooking Akaroa Harbour. Private and peaceful with amazing sea views and abundant birdlife, seemingly remote but only 3 kilometres on a scenic road from the township. We have two accommodation options, the self-contained Akaroa Coastal Cottage (sleeps up to 6 people) and the Akaroa Coastal Studio (sleeps 2).

Studio guests and smaller groups from the cottage (3 people max) may enjoy private use of our outdoor spa pool / jacuzzi / hot tub. All accommodation includes complimentary WiFi and SkyTV.  We offer personalised harbour cruises on a modern 33-foot Farr MRX yacht during summer.

"Thank you Jenny and John for the opportunity to stay in one of the best places in Akaroa. The location is incredible and I can't describe how beautiful the view is. The house has everything you need and was very clean. It is only a short 5 minute drive into town and there are numerous cafes and restaurants to choose from. I highly recommend staying here, you wont be disappointed."
Renee, November 2017

"The studio is really nice, big enough for two people with a beautiful view of the harbour. Easy 30-40 minute walk to the town/wharf. Would highly recommend to friends, couples or singles. Hopefully we get to stay at this place again."
Eden, November 2017

"Had an amazing time at John and Jenny's place! A little piece of paradise."
Elyse, November 2017

"Extraordinary location, Sonderfälle view from the huge and nice terrace. cosy and clean property- our family with our three girls enjoyed it very much- Thank you John!"
Dorit, October 2017

"Lovely, well equiped property with stunning views and plenty of character. Would love to stay there again."
Adam, October 2017

"Incredible location and stunning home with views to die for, just a short drive from Akaroa. Loved the hot tub, brilliant place to relax and enjoy the views after a day exploring."
Stephanie, October 2017

"Jenny & john's place is the perfect place for a couples trip to the seaside, the location is unbeatable with stunning view. They are the perfect hosts, so lovely and a accommodating. I would highly recommend staying with Jenny & John."
Hannah, October 2017

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"Such a beautiful spot to stay! Loved our time there."
Evie, October 2017

"Lovely stay with gorgeous views - a nice peaceful spot for anyone wanting rest and relaxation. Everything you need is there. Wonderful spa in the evening with stunning vistas. Thanks Jenny and John."
Megan, October 2017

"Perfect place. View is amazing. Host were great. Enjoyed getting to know them. Studio was clean, accommodating for anything you needed. Highly recommend."
Tammy, October 2017

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"The place is great. Location, hospitality, quietness and a lovely place to unwind and relax. The spa above the hill is fantastic too and worth the stay itself. Highly recommend a stay with them!!"
James, October 2017

"This was a beautiful quaint house. We loved the views, the hot tub. All equipment we needed was there. Our only regret was that we only had 2 nights there. The host, John was welcoming and friendly. A certain amount of fitness was required to go up and down from the car. But it is clear in the details of the cottage that we should be prepared for that, so packed lightly!"
Ingrid, October 2017

"Really nice place, beautiful view ! Very quiet. We enjoyed the spa with this wonderful view."
Sarah, September 2017

"Fabulous place. The studio is welcoming, warm, well organised, really comfortable (the bed is amazing) and you have everything you'll need. The view and the silence are astonishing! Great hosts, very kind and welcoming. They made us feel at our ease, like home. So kind to let us use the spa at night. Looking at the sky from the spa was something we will never forget. You can clearly see the Milky Way and, if you are lucky (we were) also falling stars! Highly highly recommended!"
Viviana, September 2017

"Perfect spot to get off the beaten path for a few days, beautiful scenery. hosts are lovely!"
Georgia, September 2017

"Akaroa Coastal Retreat really is a little piece of paradise on earth. Holistic Health & Wellbeing ran our Retreat here and we hired both the Cottage and the Studio. Both are absolutely incredible spaces to stay, with mind blowing scenery in all directions, the mountains, native bush and ocean - it was truly a magic weekend. Our hosts were most helpful, they went above and beyond to ensure our stay was perfect and although available to answer any queries that we had, they also gave us our privacy. I couldn't recommend the place higher. 10/10 from all of us at Holistic Health & Wellbeing. Personal favourite - The Spa overlooking the ocean! One of the most incredible spots to sit and reflect."
Elizabeth, September 2017

"Absolutely fantastic experience and hospitality. The spa experience topped things off whilst gazing at the stars and milky way sharing our own bottle of bubbles. We will be back at some stage for some more relaxation."
Aaron, September 2017

"Really nice place, beautiful view ! Very quiet. We enjoyed the spa with this wonderful view."
Sarah, September 2017

"Wonderfully warm cabin in the most stunning location. Well provisioned, and cared for. Thank you John and Jenny for a lovely relaxing stay in such a magnificent place!"
Vernessa, September 2017

"We were lucky enough to wake up to this magical place for two days while visiting Akaroa. Quiet, peaceful, and full of loving details from John and Jenny."
Damian, August 2017

"What can I say. WOW! One of a kind, beautiful scenic location. The home is beautiful and warm with lovely views. The spa is amazing, and the doggies were very cute and friendly. John and Jenny were very welcoming, warm friendly people and we hope to return soon. 5++++ stars, one of the best Airbnb I've stayed in."
Nicolle, August 2017

Jenny and John are very friendly and we had a great time relaxing and soaking in the spa watching shooting stars it was amazing!!"
Kimberley, August 2017

Jenny and John are perfect hosts and the lake view from venue is amazing."
Paul, August 2017

Jenny and John's secluded cottage is a great escape in the picturesque Akaroa harbour. Spa and views a particular highlight. Thanks for the wonderful stay, beautiful views and welcoming hospitality."
Matt, August 2017

"Such a lovely wee cottage with some awesome views. Close to town and Jenny and John are super lovely and let us use their hot tub."
Jim, July 2017

"Cute, clean and cosy. This property suited our family very well. Our children loved the spiral staircase and the space to play outside."
Aprila, July 2017

"Absolutely stunning place, mixed with amazing hosts! Had a big camper van that needed some guidance with the driveway, but John was more than happy to lend a hand. Incredible views from the spa and bedroom, wish we had more time to stay longer!"
Sebastian, July 2017

"Jenny and John's cottage was lovely for the two of us. It's not much of a drive from town but it's so quiet and serene. The view was stunning both from the cottage and the spa and it wasn't cold in the cottage either, despite being the middle of winter. It was a cosy and lovely stay, and we easily could have spent more than two nights. You can tell Jenny and John are super hosts the cottage is so well kitted out that we never had to enquire about anything and had lots of privacy. Can definitely recommend the coastal cottage for a getaway for couples, families and friends."
Rikki, July 2017

"Very nice little cottage, a special cosy retreat hidden in the bush with beautiful views of the harbour. Extremely helpful host."
Konrad, July 2017

"Beautiful setting. I stayed with a friend and it was perfect for what we wanted. Cosy, warm and with a wonderful view. We used the spa and John and Jenny couldn't have been kinder or more accommodating."
Emma, June 2017

"Great location, with a lovely view from the bed. Great people, great hospitality. Would stay again."
Joel, June 2017

"We had the most lovely stay at this sweet little cottage this weekend. It was in a great location, nice and peaceful. We specifically booked due to the fact it had a spa that we could use. It was a little walk down from the cottage, and we needed to let the owners know when we wanted to use it, but they were always available and willing to give us access when we requested it. The spa is actually incredible - views over the water, under the dreamy star lit sky, with no noise or light pollution to be seen. Magical. We would defintely stay here again and recommend it to anyone who was wanting a relaxing couple of nights (or more!) in Akaroa."
Kylie, May 2017

"Beautiful coastal cottage to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery of akaroa, Jenny and Johns place has everything you need for a relaxing stay, John is so accomodating and friendly, enjoying a spa under the stars is a real treat!"
Faye, May 2017

"The Akaroa Coastal Studio is a fabulous place to stay, especially for newcomers. It is clean, only a few minute drive to town, scenic, as well as very welcoming. We loved using the spa and waking up to the beautiful view each morning! I would highly recommend this stay."
Alexis, May 2017

"Beautiful place in a charming village. The hosts were lovely and informative. Extremely lovely visit."
Jeff, May 2017

This was exactly what we were looking for. The cottage was clean and had all amenities we needed. We spent each morning and evening out on the porch. We even walked into Akaroa one day and to Onuku Beach. Some commented on the footpath, and yes, it is on a but of a grade, but my 70+ y/o mother did fine on it. The birdsong and views are incomparable with other properties in the area. We felt right at home and enjoyed our distance from other homes and people. Thanks for sharing the cottage!""
Kari, April 2017

"One of the most incredible views and secluded decks to enjoy a sunset going around! Friendly, helpful, easy and efficient."
Viktor, April 2017

"Beautiful home, fantastic location. Awesome hosts, I highly recommend John and Jenny."
Mike, April 2017

"Fantastic room attached to Jenny and John's home. Everything was very clean and comfortable-- GREAT room. Jenny was very friendly and greeted us with coffee and cookies, which was perfect after a day of travel. We also got a chance to go out in their jacuzzi at night under the stars, which was amazing! Such a great place to stay."
Jocelyn, April 2017

"Great place to stay! Jenny and John are so warm and welcoming. Would recommend highly to others."
Susanne, April 2017

"We loved our stay. The description of the house was really clear and suited us perfectly. Thanks very much! "
Kimberley, April 2017

"The house, perched on a steep slope overlooking the bay, afforded us many chances to appreciate the ever-changing weather and wind. It is far enough from the village to assure peace and quiet, yet only five minutes by car to all conveniences, including a first-rate movie theater, restaurants and shops. The accommodations are most pleasant, and complete with all amenities. "
Andrea, March 2017

"So beautiful and peaceful place! The view is awesome and the house is so lovely. I could have stayed here for ever..."
Laurine, March 2017

"Booked this as a honeymoon gift for our friends. They absolutely loved the place. Went out on the boat on their second day and very excitedly relayed their experiences, seeing dolphins and penguins! Overall a fabulous experience and would definitely recommend."
Clare, February 2017

"Tremendous views!! Very nice clean place."
Sam, February 2017

"Fantastic location. Spent alot of time sitting outside, listening to the birds and watching all the activity on the harbour."
Sian, January 2017

"Great location awesome view and the house was great."
Gail, January 2017

"John and Jenny are wonderful hosts. We really felt at home away from home. We will miss our chats during breakfast or while watching the sun go down on the deck."
Martin, January 2017

"My wife and I stumbled upon Jenny and John's beautiful studio last minute after deciding to spend the night in Akaroa instead of Christchurch. We got lucky as they had just had a cancellation, and when we arrived we were speechless. The view outside of the window in the studio is stunning, and from the second we walked in Jenny, John and their son Ollie welcomed us like family. The studio itself has its own entrance right from where we parked our car and everything inside was spotless and clean. They helped us find a spot for dinner and John even made a reservation for us. Their son Ollie also took us out for a sail last minute despite the short notice. We cannot recommend sailing with Ollie high enough - he taught us the basics and was super friendly and accommodating. A phenomenal place to stay in a beautiful setting with the best people you can hope to host you!"
Steven, December 2016

"Jenny and John's place is the best place we stayed during our trips in NZL, amazing view, top class design, much higher than what we expected. Most importantly, Jenny and John are lovely people! People was saying that the most beautiful scenery is people, I think it is especially true in NZL and in Akaroa. We will go back again!"
Amy and John, November 2016

"This cottage is a wonderful place to stay in Akaroa! We enjoyed our two nights staying there watching countless shining stars in bed and woken up by birds singing in the morning. It's tidy, private, beautiful and interesting. Great thanks to our kind hosts. We wish we would come back here again next time!"
Olivia, November 2016

"Awesome place. Amazing location with a stunning view overlooking the harbour. John and Jenny were very welcoming into their beautiful home. Highly recommended stay."
Jack, November 2016

"Petit studio, très propre, calme, vue exceptionnelle sur le fjord, salon et deck avec la même vue, partagés avec les propriétaires. Jenny et John sont adorables, donnent de leur temps et beaucoup de conseils pertinents ( restaurants, balades) Une adresse à recommander, à condition d'avoir un véhicule"
Michel, November 2016

"Jenny and John are great people who gave us the privacy we required and yet were very interesting to talk to when we shared a coffee. This room (with kitchenette and bathroom) has a splendid view and is a real retreat from the bustle of others... yet it is only 3km from the delightful Akaroa fishing village centre. It is no effort to pop down to the village for sundowner fish and chips and then return to the tranquility of this modern studio apartment space. This room is a great place to read, write, watch your fav movies or just relax and watch the incredible view change with the weather. Akaroa is only about 70km from Christchurch and is a such a beautiful destination set into an exquisite harbour. Highly recommended. We had a fantastic time. Thank you Jenny and John!"
Susan, November 2016

"Looking out the window is like having front row seats to the beautiful view of Akaroa harbour! The studio is wonderfully comfortable, cosy, clean and smartly laid out, and I think we had the best sleep here of our 2 weeks holiday. We appreciated all the thoughtful details and personal touches put into the design and comprehensive amenities; the pride that John and Jenny take in providing hospitality really shines through this lovely little studio."
Grace, November 2016

"John and Jenny provided excellent hospitality, they gave us a warm welcoming and made us feel very comfortable. The room was very neat and tidy and had an amazing view! Would highly recommend to anyone :)"
Daniel, November 2016

"Absolutely wonderful stay. As a bird and nature lover it was lovely to wake up to various bird songs, and the stunning view. Very comfortable and relaxing, we did not want to leave. Would come back if I'm lucky enough to to visit New Zealand again. The cottage was perfect."
Melissa, November 2016

"This place is simply amazing! It is rustic, secluded, and the view is to die for. We could not get over the amazing slide-away front door that opened to a porch with a panoramic, unobstructed view of stunning Akaroa Harbor. We enjoyed more than one glass of wine on that porch taking in the sun and the serenity. Yet, for all its seclusion, this home is just minutes from Akaroa and easy to access all the different gorgeous hills and bays of the Banks Pennisula. We would highly recommend."
Emily, November 2016

Akaroa Coastal Retreat

John and Jenny Davey

PO Box 68

Akaroa 7542


New Zealand

Email: daveyjjos@gmail.com

Phone (NZ): 027 484 8830

Phone (Overseas): +64 27 484 8830