The Shearers’ Quarters Cottage was originally built as worker accommodation in the 1950s and is situated on a working farm in breathtaking Gough’s Bay. The Cottage has 3 interconnected bedrooms — as was usual in the day — the end bedrooms having direct access to a long verandah outside. The kitchen/living area is much as it would have been when the cottage was originally constructed; with Formica bench tops and table, floor to ceiling cabinetry and delightful pull out ‘bins’ that would once have stored potatoes and flour. Nowadays, it also has a microwave and refrigerator, a heat pump/air conditioner and comfy lounge chairs. The porch overlooks the farmyards, the valley and the pristine bay beyond. An old clawfoot bath tub sits cheekily in the garden.
If you are looking to reconnect with family and friends away from crowds and technology, this spot is for you. Beach walks, bird spotting, magnificent views ahead!
Our guests have access to the entire cottage and you are welcome to wander down to the beautiful black volcanic sandy beach of Gough's Bay for a walk or surf. On many days, you will only share it with seal pups and birds.
If you’d like to look around the farm, we can point you toward some gorgeous views overlooking the property. Cattle grazes across most of the farm, and there are some areas of native bush. The bird life is amazing! You’re almost guaranteed to see tui, fantail, pukeko, sacred kingfisher and kereru among others.
We live in the main farmhouse on the property, separate to the Shearers’ Quarters Cottage. If you do require anything, we are available to assist.
Banks Peninsula encompasses two large harbours and many smaller bays and coves. It is home to the Hectors Dolphin among other wildlife, has absolutely heavenly scenery, awesome surf spots and several small settlements — the largest of which is the historic French village, Akaroa. A favourite tourist and cruise ship destination, Akaroa is fit to burst with fabulous shops, cafes, restaurants and water activities.
Gough’s Bay Farm and Shearers’ Quarters Cottage is just over an hour and a half from Christchurch and the airport, and a 25 minute drive from Akaroa.
OTHER THINGS TO NOTE
4WD vehicles are recommended.
Check-in is after 2:00PM, check-out 11:00AM
Please bear in mind that Gough’s Bay is a working farm with cattle and sheep, and the odd amiable dog. We ask that you leave gates as you find them — closed if they were closed, open if they were open. Please don't hesitate to ask if you are unsure about anything.
Bring your all your own bed linen, pillows, blankets and towels etc.
There is no freezer in the cottage.
As is the Kiwi bach tradition you are expected to clean the house and do the dishes before you leave.
Smoking is allowed out-of-doors, but please dispose of cigarette butts thoughtfully. No smoking indoors.
No parties or events.
Please clean the cottage and leave it as you found it.
Cleaning charge $50.
Linen $20 per set
The cottage is on a working farm and guests must abide by the the usual Farm Rules: be careful to avoid livestock, leave gates as they found them etc.
Smokers okay outside.
NOTE: Under Kiwi bach tradition you are expected to: Clean the house and do the dishes before you leave; Bring your own linen (towels/sheets/tea towels);