AKAROA COASTAL RETREAT

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

Cottage terrace

Kitchen

Cottage kitchen open to terrace

Dining

Dining with spiral stair to bedrooms

Sitting

Cottage sitting area

Terrace

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

Path down to cottage

Treefern

Mamaku treefern beside the terrace

Mamaku

Cottage and mamaku treeferns

Aerial

Aerial view of the cottage

AKAROA COASTAL 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: $180/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): $210/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

Studio bed and view

Studio

Studio bedroom with kitchenette and bathroom

View

View from the studio bed...

Winter

and the same view in winter

Jacuzzi

Guests enjoying a sunset from the jacuzzi

Deck

Guests are welcome to use our deck

Table

Studio table and comfy chairs

Kitchenette

Studio kitchenette

Bathroom

Ensuite bathroom

Evening view

The studio overlooking the harbour

Entrance

Tekoteko standing at studio entrance

Garden seat

Guests' private garden seat

Harbour

Studio in its bush setting

AKAROA COASTAL STUDIO

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:

$180/night

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.

Sailing

Harbour cruises

Sailing

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

Onawe

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

Seals

Take a tour to the seal colony at Goat Point

Onuku

Visit Onuku marae and historic church

Okains

Discover Okains Bay and its amazing museum

Hinewai

Explore Hinewai, Curry and Misty Peaks reserves

Kaituna

Lose yourself in the Waihora wetlands at Kaituna

Heritage Park

Wander around Akaroa Heritage Park

Akaroa

Promenade along the Akaroa waterfront

Lighthouse

Stagger around the Akaroa Heads Reserve in a gale

ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES

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.

AKAROA HARBOUR SAILING

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.

AKAROA COASTAL RETREAT

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.

"Amazing little cottage, so quiet and the spa is incredible!”
Stu, October 2018


"We had a most wonderful stay. It really is the best of both worlds being so close to town and in a very short drive being surrounded by the stunning nature and views. It’s a beautiful experience. The spa is amazing with sensational views. It has good information and everything you need. Thank you so much Jenny & John.”
Melanie, October 2018


"A beautiful, clean and well-kept home with priceless views. John and Jenny are fabulous hosts!”
Kate, October 2018


"风景相当美丽,建议要住这套房源的朋友记得一定不要太晚入住,露天的天台在阳光下,很美的景色”
毅辉, September 2018


"Nice location, John helped us to find tours and have us nice information about Akaroa.”
Paolo, September 2018


"Amazing cottage with an incredible view. Very quiet at night. WiFi works well downstairs. Washing machine is a plus. Quick responses from John. The hot tub is not to be missed. A special thanks to the hosts who allowed us to change our reservation when we were snowed into Milford Sound. Thank you!”
Bree, September 2018


"Great place, relaxing spa and an amazing view.”
Michael, September 2018


"Jenny and John’s studio is one in a million! The views are unreal, and the comfortable, well-thought out studio offers everything you could need for a relaxing trip away. Jenny and John went the extra mile to make us feel welcome. It felt like we were catching up with friends rather than staying in strangers’ house! Thanks again - we’ll be back :)”
Charlotte, September 2018


"A beautiful, tranquil and well thought out spot for travellers, tourists or people who just want a really lovely place to stay. I hope to return!”
Adele, September 2018


"A truly fantasy place to stay. It feels super remote and peaceful yet is only a few minutes from Akaroa where you can get anything you need. Lovely house, suitably spaced for couples or groups. The jacuzzi was a lovely touch with brilliant views (the house has brilliant views too). All in all one of the best airbnb's I've stayed at with some truly lovely hosts.”
Flynn, September 2018


"Great hosts, lovely cottage in the woods, with the living space views and indoor outdoor flow being the highlight.”
Mark, August 2018


"Amazing hosts in an amazing house in an amazing place!!!”
Jade, August 2018


"Beautiful sunsets in the hot tub great private cottage”
Chris, August 2018


"Gorgeous place with stunning views and all the amenities. The spa was magical and very easy to book. Thank you John and Jenny”
Louise, July 2018


"A peaceful get away with beautiful views, will definitely be going back :-)”
Kimberley, July 2018


"A wonderful house situated in the perfect location.”
Eve, July 2018


"Jenny and John’s cottage is tucked away in the most beautiful spot amongst the trees, overlooking the gorgeous harbour. It’s quiet and secluded enough to make you feel like you’re the only people for miles, yet only a short, easy drive into the centre of Akaroa. Highly recommend the hot tub for a good soak and spectacular views!”
Megan, July 2018


"Lovely location and fantastic to sit in the spa at night. We really appreciated the little extra touches, such as torches and cookies.”
Paul, June 2018


"We loved the location and in particular the spectacular views from the studio. We were super comfy and warm despite the best efforts of the weather. We hope to get back in Summer one day.”
Mark, June 2018


"Quite and cosy with breathtaking views and great hosts. Will stay longer than 2 nights next time.”
Suzy, June 2018


"Such a lovely stay! The view from the spa was beautiful beautiful and the hosts were very kind and welcoming. We would love to come back!”
Lynnee, June 2018


"Absolutely stunning house and location. Jenny and John are fantastic hosts along with their gorgeous dogs. The house was easy to find, the room was everything we needed, and the hottub was amazing, the view of the stars was absolutely unreal! Thank you so much for letting us stay at your lovely home, we will be back soon!”
Kate, June 2018


"Absolutely wonderful !! Amazing backdrop, hosts, doggies, space was cute and warm !!! We loved every minute of our stay and fully recommend a get-away here any day.”
Amanda, June 2018


"Jenny and John were absolutely amazing. From the time we arrived they treated us to coffee, tea, and cookies. They were very easy to talk to and share stories with. The studio room was very clean. The view from the room was spectacular. Their house is gorgeous, they were so generous to invite us in. The spa (jacuzzi) was the highlight of our stay in Akaroa during the winter time. We got to see the beautiful stars and sip some wine. The studio was clean. They had about anything that you would need for a comfortable stay. Breakfast was delicious! Jenny and John went out of their way to help us with anything we needed.”
Andrea, June 2018


"Really lovely wee space to spend a weekend away! Would stay here again!”
Fenella, June 2018


"Beautiful spot. Incredible spa and views. Thanks”
Dion, May 2018


"Beautiful setting and the hot tub option is amazing.”
Anthony, May 2018


"The perfect end to our NZ holiday! Wonderful hosts and the most stunning view to wake up to. A lovely breakfast worth every penny. And the hot tub in the rain was a giggle!! Would love to be able to stay here every weekend. Thank you Jenny and John for allowing us to share your home.”
India, May 2018


"Jenny and John's cottage is a fantastic place to get away in Akarao. It's close enough to the town to have access to everything you'll need, but being just up the road and in the bush, its an awesome getaway, with amazing views of the harbour.”
Mark, April 2018


"Beautiful secluded location with spectacular views of the bay. Just 5mins to Akaroa by car. We were lucky enough to watch a change in weather come through the bay with views from the studio. Would highly recommend staying here!"
Aleksandar, April 2018


"I highly recommend the people who will visit Akaroa to choose Jenny & John's house to stay in. Jenny & John are very friendly. They have a lovely house with breathtaking view and two cute dogs. Everything in the guest room is neat and comfortable. We had a great night there."
Vivian, April 2018


"Wonderful location and cosy studio. The spa was an added bonus... lovely to sit and watch the stunning night sky."
Harriet, April 2018


"Jenny and John are fantastic hosts. Top rate hospitality, facilities and location. We look forward to staying with them again."
Lee, April 2018


"John and Jenny were excellent hosts and great communicators. The studio has amazing views and everything you need for a wonderful stay. The deck in the afternoon sunshine is also spectacular. We have no problem recommending this Airbnb to any future guests."
James, April 2018


"Fantastic location, very comfortable and great hosts."
Campbell, April 2018


"Amazing spot if you're a wanting to escape from city life. Very peaceful! John was really friendly and easy to communicate with. Perfect weekend away!"
Amy, April 2018


"Really enjoyed the views from the spa, really nice studio and great hosts!"
Stewart, April 2018


"John was welcoming and thoughtful. The studio was neat and tidy which made our trip a pleasureable experience."
Georgian, April 2018


"A great place to stay when visiting Banks Peninsula. Clean, comfy and with beautiful views. The hosts are very kind and welcoming, providing local tips and just generally making sure our stay was great. Big recommend overall!"
David, April 2018


"This is a cozy getaway just outside of Akaroa's center. By far my favorite Airbnb yet."
Frank, March 2018


"The views of the bay are incredible and the house is only a short drive from Akaroa, yet it feels wonderfully isolated and private. Highly recommend."
Joel, March 2018


"Awesome view ! The room is perfect and John was very welcoming. I strongly recommend."
Alice, March 2018


"A beautiful place. Stay here if you can. Very classy and rustic, unbelievable view of the bay."
Steve, March 2018


"Secluded but only 5 minutes by car from town. Nestled in the woods on a steep hillside with views over the harbor. Listen to the bell birds sing as you sip your coffee or wine on the patio or inside."
David, March 2018


"We enjoyed the fantastic view and stay with John and Jenny. Both were extremely helpful in helping us make the most of our 3 nights in Akaroa. The studio apartment is small but well supplied and even with being attached to their home it was very quiet. We loved the Woodills walk and the drive to Okains Bay and Little Akaloa Bay. John also suggested we stop at a museum in Okains Bay and we were impressed at the man's collections of Maori life and the history of the area. In the evening, we would put on our swimsuits, robes (provided by John and Jenny) and head to the hot tub with a glass of wine and enjoy the incredible view and stay until the stars came out. We would definitely recommend a stay with John and Jenny and you might want to book early."
Joe, March 2018


"THE VIEW!!!! The photos do not do this beautiful spot justice. We enjoyed the spa during the sunset and it was honestly one of the highlights of our trip. John was a wonderful, friendly host and made sure we were always comfortable. Comfy bed and another lovely view to wake up to. You couldn't pick a better place to stay in Akaroa."
Lucinda, March 2018


"This place is stunning! You will be hard-pressed to find a better view from their amazing deck or from your bedroom window for that matter! Watching the sunset in their secluded hot tub is one of those moments you wish you could stay in forever. The room was immaculate and very well appointed. Jenny and John were lovely people who made us feel welcome immediately with coffee and great conversation. After we convinced Jenny that we love dogs, she brought her dogs out for us to play with and pet. This was an absolute highlight of our trip."
Chris, March 2018


"Jenny and John's place is very special. The view from the bedroom is magical and utterly breathtaking! The studio is eco-friendly with no-chemicals dishwashing soap, shower gel and a recycling bin. The spa pool was the highlight of our stay, we spotted beautiful birds and thoroughly relaxed. It's only a short drive to Akaroa, just close enough to grab a quick bite to eat, and just far out enough to make you feel like you're on a secluded private coastal retreat!"
Leonie, February 2018


"非常不错的体验."
雪彬, February 2018


"Great location and wonderful views. Loved waking up to the incredible dawn chorus!"
Esther, February 2018


"Fantastic views ,very secluded Bach, we loved it !"
Justine, February 2018


"Lovely location with views across Akaroa Harbour, peaceful. Compact property, linked to owners house, but with full privacy & fine for a couple of nights stay. Well laid out & well equipped. Use of hit tub with amazing views."
Anne, February 2018


"Wow, we have just left Jenny and John's studio and cannot believe what amazing hospitality we received. We booked the studio with less than 12 hours notice as we decide to stay an extra night in Akaroa - which is beautiful. And we are so glad we did. The studio is gorgeous and the scenes from Jenny and johns house beats any 5 star hotel. They made us feel so welcome and there were so many thoughtful touches. We loved our time in Akaroa and would recommend this studio to everyone."
Gemma, February 2018


"The best view to wake up to ever:) lovely hosts and would not hesitate to recommend."
Robert, February 2018


"The views and locations are amazing. We loved the birdsong in the morning and the swallows that sleep under the porch."
Baastian, February 2018


"Wow! What a spectacular place to stay, from the breathtaking views from the bedroom and the hot tub to the outstanding hospitality. We will definitely be visiting again!"
Stacey, February 2018


"John and Jenny are lovely and their place is amazing. Not far from town but secluded in the bush with the best water views. We could see dolphins from our bedroom and watched the sunset from the spa whilst listening to the birdsong. They were the perfect hosts and we'd go back in a heart beat."
Jess, January 2018


"A great wee spot to spend a quiet break away from home."
Rosanna, January 2018


"Such a beautiful place to visit, Jenny and John were really lovely hosts. Stunning views of the mountain and the water from the room. Loved the cookies Jenny's Mum made :) Highly recommend to all."
Lily, January 2018


"This is an old family home and as such is quirky (in a gorgeous way). It is well equipped and comfortable and the views are to die for."
Karen, January 2018


"John and Jenny made us feel really welcome. Their home is fantastic, a little slice of paradise. We felt absolutely privileged to stay in such an amazing location. The hot tub was a brilliant surprise addition to our stay."
Karen, January 2018


"Everything was perfect and I recommend this place !! You will love it."
Florian, January 2018


"It was great. A hideaway close to busy Akaroa. Very clean and just as the website portrays it. The deck is perfect. The access won't suit everyone but we loved it. Would definitely go back to this cottage."
Linda, January 2018


"Clean, tidy, Lovely and cozy room with everything you need plus some tasty home made cookies. Amazing view in room that we just can't move off our eyes. Jenny and John are so friendly and we feel like as home. There are some CDs, DVD and books in the room and we had a good night in here. Really want to stay for one more night and definitely will come again in next trip!"
Sylvia, December 2017


"Great Kiwi bach close to Akaroa with views over the harbour. Spent a few days there to get over the jetlag upon arrival in NZ. Worked a treat."
Jan, December 2017


"Jenny and John are lovely people and we very much enjoyed our stay in their little apartment. Akaroa is one of the most beautiful places, and the view out of their apartment just cannot be beat. We really enjoyed our stay and would recommend it to those looking for a cozy weekend getaway!"
Christopher, December 2017


"This Place is just one little paradise. Great view, wonderful equipment and really very friendly hosts. Highly recommended!"
Christian, December 2017


"Such a clean and cozy space with amazing views. The hosts are so kind, and the studio is well equipped. It was a real pleasure staying here as we toured the country."
Deidra, December 2017


"The view, the quiet, the spa and the lovely hosts made for a perfect weekend getaway."
Shanee, December 2017


"Highly recommend! Jenny and John are the most warm, inviting hosts. Their studio was perfect for my first visit to Akaroa--very clean, comfy bed and with a stunning view. The spa was amazing too! Incredibly peaceful location but still very easy to drive into town. Wonderful sailing with their son as well. I will definitely be back!"
Jamie, December 2017


"Great location & views over the harbor, especially from master bed! Classic bach, very comfortable, & well-equipped. It received many accolades from everyone in our group!"
Brandon, November 2017


"The Akaroa Coastal Retreating was everything and more that we hoped for...after many hours of travel it was the most beautiful place to finally get a chance to relax. Such a special place, the views were amazing. The jacuzzi was just what we needed - the way it was set up we'd almost consider it an "Infinity" jacuzzi. It provided seclusion and you felt as if you were hanging right over the cliff. Grab a bottle of wine on your way through town and get ready to indulge! Thank John & Jenny for the wonderful stay!"
Angela, November 2017


"A beautiful spot! Jenny and John made us feel very welcome and the views are stunning. Room is comfortable, had all we needed for our night's stay. The spa pool was the perfect way to end our holiday. Thank you!"
Amy, November 2017


"This would be one of the best scenic places I have ever stayed. The view of the mountain and harbour is breathtaking. It's a perfect stay of anyone wanting a tranquil surrounding to enjoy nature's beauty."
Vinit, November 2017


"John and Jenny are very nice. I like them! The house is cool. It have two lovely dogs. We were very enjoy in the house cause the room face the sea."
Lemon, November 2017


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


"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


"周围环境非常好,房间干净整洁,设施齐全,房东热情,一次很好的体验."
勤, October 2017


"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


"就在海边,景色很美,房东夫妇非常好客,我们用蹩脚英语跟女主人聊了很久还享用了下午茶,这是我们去新西兰第一次与当地人闲聊。非常难忘的经历。非常感谢他们."
文娟, October 2017


"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

Canterbury

New Zealand

Email: daveyjjos@gmail.com

Phone (NZ): 027 484 8830

Phone (Overseas): +64 27 484 8830

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