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Haurata Retreat / Walks

Haurata Retreat / Walks
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1257 Makaretu Road, Gisborne
Tel: 06 8678452
  • Walk the three stunning day walks or opt for the shortened version.
  • Relax in the cosy fully self contained four bedroom house, with a gas heated outdoor hot tub and a large deck.
  • The authentic shearers quarters have been renovated and is now used as backpacker accommodation.
  • There is an original old shearing shed in the garden which is still operational.
  • Enjoy the large landscaped rhododendron garden with deciduous and ever green trees,organic fruit trees, two avenues of cherry trees, a spiral garden and ceremonial area.
  • A narrow track leads from the garden into the native bush with paths going down to a beautiful rocky river. Spot the glow worms in the evening or go eeling.
  • This is a truly magnificent experience for nature lovers. The river is a play ground for the adventurous with rockslides, swimming holes and waterfalls.
  • Haurata is a farmstay and observe farmers at work, maybe mustering sheep with dogs or working in or around the main woolshed.
  • Guests have the freedom to explore 1000 ha of fascinating high country.
  • Tackle one of the three day walks which provide some of Gisbornes most stunning scenery.
  • Bring your horse or mountain bike with you and ride the various farm tracks and hills - the small paddocks are ideal for horses
  • Savour the delicious wholesome meals using fresh produce from our gardens and the local area, if you require the catering service.

Environment Friendly Action

We conserve heat We conserve water We reduce/limit oil/gas carbon emissions We compost food waste We use bio-degradable cleaning agents


RATES 1 night $260 for 2 people $290 for 4 people + $30 each extra adult, $20 each extra child 2-3 nights $190 for 2 people $240 for 4 people + $30 each extra adult, $20 each extra child 4 nights or more (SPECIAL RATE) $200 per night for up to 4 people + $30 each extra adult, $20 each extra childBackpacker or Extra accommodation (Old shearers' quarters) 6 beds available, but bring your own linen,towels and bedding. $20 per person. Meals Breakfast, lunch and 2-course dinner: $70 per person Breakfast only: $15 per person Lunch ony: $15 per person 2 course dinner: $40 per person Walks Payment for Green walk is included in main accommodation rates. $15 per person for Red & Blue walks as permission is needed from land owners on that day. $25 per person for Guided Walk. All walks $15 per person if staying at the backpacker accommodation. Garden visits Garden visits are available by appointment only, $10 per person DEPOSIT For accommodation confirmation a deposit of $50 per day with full payment on arrival. Cancellation within 30 days: 80% refund Cancellation between 30 days and 10days: 50% refund Cancellation less than 10 days: no refuund

All Year Available



Situated between Gisborne and Opotiki, Haurata Retreat is approximately 65km from Gisborne city and approximately 24km east of Matawai village, and is a great way to complete an around the East Cape journey. Haurata is 1257 ( 12.5 km ) Mararetu Rd. On inquiry l can e mail you detailed directions, depending on what direction you are coming from.
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User Reviews

There are: 1 reviews, with an average rating of 5.0 out of 5
Haurata High Country Retreat and Walks. A very memorable weekend. Remote high country landscape, challenging day walks, very hospitable hosts, comfy lodgings and good company. I would recommend this for families (waterholes, sledding and farm animals) or adventurous group of friends.
Posted by Leonie on 2013-08-04 11:32:19