Gunyah Country Lodge
RD2 Darfield, Canterbury
New Zealand 8172
Established In: 1994
Renovated In: 2003
Fax: +64 (0)3-318-6504
|Contact: Simonetta and William COTTRELL
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||$400+ (includes 4 course dinner and full breakfast)
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cannot replace a cancelled booking, the following charges apply:25% of
the total cost if cancelled within 30 days prior to arrival, 100% if the
cancellation is received within 7 days of arrival.
The name Gunyah (Australian Aboriginal for 'little hut
or house') belies the grandeur of this magnificent property.
The house was built around 1912 for the son of a New
Zealand Premier, Sir John Hall. Rich mahogany panelling, native timber
beams, and floors of jarrah and rimu combine with generous fireplaces to
create a warm, inviting atmosphere.
The garden features 4 acres of well-established
rhododendrons and azaleas, alongside mature deciduous species, and
native trees which attract the resonant song of bellbirds. Roaming the
property are peacocks and pet lambs, hand-reared deer and a comical kune
The verandah overlooking the garden is an ideal place to
relax , catch up on some reading, or engage in some lively discussion.
Guests often marvel at the brightness of the Southern
Cross in the clear night sky.
Your hosts, David and Catherine Latter, are Canterbury
born and bred, with a farming background. In the idyllic setting of
Gunyah, with their genuine friendliness and superb country cooking, the
Latters offer something unique: a real South Island welcome.
Gunyah Country Lodge offers year-round Kiwi hospitality
to a maximum of 10 guests. The large drawing room features a huge brick
fireplace and a bay window overlooking the garden.
In winter, this is the perfect spot to relax with a
glass of wine, read a book, or mull over the day's events. The elegant
dining room seats up to 24. Here you can enjoy some of Catherine
Latter's renowned 'gourmet country' cuisine: a presentation of the
finest South Island produce.
- Select regional wines
- Local game and salmon
- Organically grown vegetables
- Canterbury lamb - a specialty
Both the dining room and drawing room lead onto the
verandah. At the far end of the hall is a cozy library. Upstairs there
are 5 recently refurbished guest rooms. Each has access to the covered
balcony, overlooking the garden, private ensuite bathrooms, tea and
coffee making facilities
We can also cater for conferences and seminars
Gunyah's peaceful and tranquil setting offers total
privacy for small informal overnight conferences for a maximum of 8
people. Day seminars cater for up to 15. Advise Gunyah Country Lodge of
your requirements and the hosts, David and Catherine, can tailor it to
your needs. Sole occupancy for your conference is assured.
Gunyah Country Lodge is situated in the middle of the
South Island, on the edge of the Canterbury Plains. Only a forty five
minute drive from Christchurch International Airport, it lies on the
main routes to the West Coast, Mt Cook and Queenstown.
Some of the nearby activities and places of interest you
might enjoy during a stay at Gunyah Country Lodge:
- Hot Air Ballooning
- The TranzAlpine Express
- Walking and Horse Trekking
- Jet Boating and White Water Rafting
- Day Trips
- Arthurs Pass (1 hr 30min)
- West Coast (2hr 30 min)
- Akaroa (1 hr 45min)
- Lake Tekapo ( 2hr)
- Mt Cook ( 3 hr 30 min)
- Hokitika (2 hr 30 min)
"A truly beautiful spot with service and cuisine of
the highest quality"
- Deanna and Brian DeLooze, Gloucester, England
"Staying at Gunyah was one of our best experiences.
Catherine and David were gracious hosts, providing us with plenty of
local information including maps. Catherine is one of the best chefs in
NZ using fresh organically grown vegetables and fresh game and fish in
- Robert and Bernadette Solomon, Virginia, USA.
"A peaceful haven with marvelous host and hostess.
We shall return."
- Helen Mary and Bob Stein, California, USA.
"The best place we've been for a bit of rest and
relaxation. Fabulous hosts."
- Mark and Wendy Jones, Auckland, New Zealand.
"A wonderful week of relaxation, great food and
- Denis and Gwenda Bignold, Beijing, China.
"A most delightful stay in this lovely house - warm
hospitality, superb food."
- Sir William and Lady Gladstone, Hawarden Castle,
"Gunyah is an experience, an atmosphere, and a
feeling you will long to capture."
- Nic and Nichole Greco, Louisiana, USA.
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Web Page: Yes
Languages Spoken: English
Types of Breakfasts: Continental and full
Special Meals Available: Yes
Room Types: Luxury Rooms, 5 guest rooms
Private Bathrooms: Yes
Handicap Accessible: No
Consumption of Alcohol: Yes
Children: Yes - by arrangement
Amenities/Features: BBQ, TV, Phone,
Fireplace, Sundeck, Garden
Nearby Activities: Bicycling, Hiking,
Mountain Biking, Golfing, Horseback Riding, Fishing, Whitewater Rafting,
Downhill Skiing, X Country Skiing, Bird Watching, Sky Diving,
Windsurfing, Hot Air Ballooning, Shopping, Sight Seeing, Historical
Suitable For: Pleasure, Relaxation,
Business, Family, Anniversaries, Honeymoons, Romance, Cultural
Near To: Beach, Ocean, Lakes, Rivers,
Wine Country, Ranches, Mountains, Forests, Countryside, Nature &
Parks, Waterfalls, Alpine Meadows, Wildlife Sanctuaries
Open: All Year
Additional Comments: A rental car or a
chauffeured car is required, as we are not on a direct bus route.