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 full linen, complimentary WiFi and SkyTV. For our guests that would like to get out on the water, we can offer scenic coastal cruises in our comfortable, fast 25-foot Stabicraft... please enquire when booking if interested.
Full linen, including sheets and towels is provided. 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 (no children under 14) 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 of 90 minutes max/evening.
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: $195/night for up to 2 people + $10/night extra for each additional person (6 max total) with an additional cleaning charge of $50/booking.
Peak season (mid-December - mid-February, Easter, Labour and Show weekends): $215/night for up to 2 people + $10/night extra for each additional person (6 max total) with an additional cleaning charge of $50/booking.
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 include full linen
The studio is air-conditioned and complimentary WiFi and SkyTV are provided. Guests 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 of 90 minutes max/evening.
Not suitable for children under 14 years of age.
Full linen is included
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 full linen, complimentary WiFi and SkyTV. For our guests that would like to get out on the water, we can offer scenic coastal cruises in our comfortable, fast 25-foot Stabicraft... please enquire when booking if interested.
“Fantastic place to relax. Amazing views from the spa. Highly recommended!!!”
Cameron, October 2020
“Amazing view from the property and the outdoor spa, contact friendly host to book in your time for spa. Car is essential for access to Akaroa, a short drive. Well provisioned with fridge and cooking facilities although we did not use except to chill our water. Really liked the outdoor deck area with the bird song and uninterrupted view of the harbour.”
Simone, October 2020
“Great spot. Bird life was a highlight for us. Our favorite thing was the spa on the hillside, we watched the sunset one night then the stars the next. Really enjoyed our boat tour, John is full of fascinating facts.”
Caroline, September 2020
“This place has the most amazing location. Massive punga's right off the deck, the kereru, bellbirds, fantails, tui and swallow's all hanging out around the property, along with amazing views over the harbour from the deck particularly and the main bedroom. Added bonus was the spa. Don't take a big bag/suitcase due to the steps down to the property and the spiral staircase. Otherwise there is everything you need at the house, clean, comfortable and a touch quirky. :)”
Kat, September 2020
“Beautiful rustic cottage. Private, with amazing views and surrounded by native bush and birds.”
Della, September 2020
“Fantastic views from studio & spa. Great communication. Compact clean space, with activities eg books, games & puzzles. & lovely coffee and biscuits. Options for a boating adventure In The Akaroa harbour with the hosts other boating business. Drive way requires good navigation.”
Cindy, September 2020
“Nice house with an awesome view! Very clean place with all the basic amenities and a spectacular view by the window. We enjoyed the evening spa.”
Irene, September 2020
“Beautiful setting, peaceful, relaxing, set in native bush with birds all around. Warm place with the heat pump. Lovely sitting on the patio enjoying the sunsets. Hosts are always quick to respond to any questions. Nice to be tucked away from other people. Lovely house, feels like a tree house cottage.”
Melissa, September 2020
“Lovely place with a stunning view.”
Mikayla, September 2020
“Picturesque with phenomenal trees and bird life.”
Aimee, September 2020
“Great stay! Jenny and John were really nice and friendly and helpful, the location is secluded with amazing views. Everything was clean and had nice touches like a selection of teas to choose from and cosy robes. And the spa pool for sunset was such a treat. Would recommend!”
Holly, September 2020
“Beautiful location and great cottage if you are wanting to have a quiet relaxing time. Everything you needed was there and beautiful views.”
Mike, August 2020
“It was such a lovely stay. Wonderful views and beautiful surroundings. So peaceful and exactly what we needed. John greeted us very nicely and showed us around. We would definitely go back again.”
Nada, August 2020
“Great location for a restful getaway from it all. Great view, and comfortable environment.”
Sharon, August 2020
“Fabulous location with amazing view of the harbour, beautiful birdsong and a comfortable warm cottage. The perfect getaway!”
Bronwen, August 2020
“Absolutely loved our stay at here! The view from the room is great and the spa at night was amazing! Hosts were really helpful. Definitely recommend and would come again.”
Alice, August 2020
“Lovely peaceful location, stunning spa pool , didn’t want to leave.”
Anne, August 2020
“Awesome place, amazing view, sweet couple.”
Eduardo, August 2020
“We really enjoyed our stay here in this beautiful location. Perfect for what we wanted - a rest and tranquility! We will be back.”
Sarah, August 2020
“John was very helpful and was lovely to deal with. The place was a very cosy space. My friends and I had such a great time!”
Menaga, August 2020
“Great location and great hosts.”
Jordan, August 2020
“Splendid hospitality, amazing veiws from Spa and room, would recommend 10/10.”
Leon, August 2020
“Lovely homely stay. Comfy bed, nice and warm, great coffee and the best hot tub! I took slippers as it was a tiny walk to the hot tub. I also booked hot tub times in advance so I had it to myself. Perfect stay x”
Frances, August 2020
“We had a lovely stay! Waking up to the view was magical, and so was watching the stars from the spa pool! The place was clean and warm, and the bed very comfortable - which isn’t always the case in a holiday rental! We highly recommend staying at Jenny and John.”
Elodie, August 2020
“We had 2 nights at Jenny's and John's for a girls weekend. What a fantastic place. We were able to relax and enjoy the view and spa. Also loved playing darts and the comfortable beds.”
Tiffany, August 2020
“The room was very quiet and peaceful with amazing views. Everything needed for a night away.”
Prue, August 2020
“Such an idyllic place to stay. The view is stunning, particularly from the spa at night. The house was enough to make us feel at home but on holiday at the same time. And it was great seeing the alpacas in the next paddock.”
Vaughan, July 2020
“Outstanding views. Unfortunately we arrived late in the night so didn't get to appreciate them until the morning. Good space for the night. Very comfortable bed and the room was nicely warmed up for our arrival. Missed put on a spa due to our time restriction so look forward to that maybe another time.”
Lisa, July 2020
“Jenny and John's accommodation was lovely - easy to find overall and clean. Their communication was very quick and the spa pool absolutely topped it off - it was amazing. Star gazing and overlooking the lake was just incredible. The room had a gorgeous view too which was amazing to wake up to the next day. Thank you Jenny and John :)”
Melissa, July 2020
“The perfect spot for a winter getaway tucked away in a secluded idyllic setting. The beautiful view from the studio room was perfect even in the rain and the cloud of a wintery weekend. The studio is small but well designed with a comfortable bed and nice touches such as good coffee and biscuits. We enjoyed stargazing from the hot tub at night and loved seeing the native NZ birds in the day time.”
Anna, July 2020
“A beautiful view from this quaint secluded cottage, perfect for relaxing, the spa is a bonus! Close enough to pop into Akaroa for activities.”
Amy, July 2020
“Secluded slice of paradise, just moments away from the village yet you feel like your miles from anyone. Incredible views in cosy comfortable studio with everything you need. The spa was the highlight - the views of the harbour, native bush and bird life was amazing. Thoughtful extras in the studio made the stay even more enjoyable. Will be back!”
Lauren, July 2020
“Great little spot. Awesome stargazing at night from the private spa!”
Rory, July 2020
“What a stunning place! Amazing view, cosy interior, the hosts have thought of everything and it was very easy to check in/out, plus best spot for a spa pool! Highly recommend.”
Hannah, July 2020
“Really outstanding location with unbelievable view. Extremely clean and well presented with fantastic hosts.”
Cole, July 2020
“A good little studio with amazing views. We stayed one night in the middle of some terrible weather so appreciated the heat pump and warm room!”
Tessa, July 2020
“Wow! This is one of the best Airbnb’s I’ve ever stayed in! Both John and Jenny were super welcoming, communicative, and provided everything we needed to have a lovely stay. The view was incredible and the hot tub was amazing! If you have the chance/time you should absolutely book a trip on his boat cruise.”
Sarah, June 2020
“Such a wonderful little cottage with the most amazing views! The spa was a highlight with such a beautiful view of the water. Very private, and very lovely hosts! The boat tour on the southern wanderer is a must do, this was the highlight of our trip to Akaroa.”
Tegan, June 2020
“Entirely worth it just for the amazing spa experience at night time! We saw about 5 shooting stars and had an amazing view of the milky way! The studio was clean, and also had a great view of the harbour. Would recommend to anyone.”
Cole, June 2020
“Great place if you like your privacy and enjoy some incredible views. The photos of the property and of the spa view really don’t do this place justice. Worth the stay!”
Samuel, June 2020
“This is a beautiful place, very private and idyllic. And the cruise was definitely a highlight!”
Julia, May 2020
“Lovely, warm clean space. The views from the hot tub are incredible.”
Hannah, May 2020
“We stayed one night at Akaroa Coastal Studio. The place is very clean and comfortable. The outdoor hot tub is most enjoyable and the view from the room picturesque. Thanks for the kind addition of fresh milk and nice biscuits. A lovely place!”
Hui, May 2020
“Great cottage with amazing views. Hot tub under the stars was definitely the highlight topped of with great hosts.”
Brittany, May 2020
“My stay at this beautiful studio, was amazing! 10/10 would recommend! The views were unbeatable! They also offer boat rides to elephant rock and around the marine reserve for an unbeatable price!”
Maggie, March 2020
“A magical spot. Secluded and beautiful views. Instantly felt relaxed and really enjoyed cooking dinner on the deck and watching the sunset from the hot tub. Highly recommend taking the boat cruise with John as well! He has a lot of knowledge about the area. Wonderful, attentive hosts! Hope to go back someday.”
Jessica, March 2020
“Awesome place. Just far enough out of town that you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere. Amazing views, lovely hot tub and very cosy room.”
Hamish, March 2020
“Best view, best host, best vacation. Would love to return!”
Khoosc, March 2020
“This place is a gem, and so are John & Jenny! We were here on our honeymoon and had the greatest, most relaxing time. The accommodation has everything you'll need and more. There are robes, lots of towels, and even umbrella hats! We went in there hot tub at sunset and would highly recommend it! The views are spectacular, and there are even alpacas!! We also thoroughly enjoyed the boat ride we did with John and his son Oli. Couldn't recommend this place enough and will be back.”
Jennifer, March 2020
“Enjoyable spot tucked away in the bushes!”
Erin, March 2020
“Wonderful stay in beautiful location - Make sure you book the spa!”
Jane, March 2020
“What a perfect studio apartment with a spectacular view! We were warmly greeted by John and Jenny after a long drive where we were offered hot coffee, tea or the use of their jacuzzi spa. The studio has everything one would need for a stay including all of the kitchen and bath essentials. You also cannot beat that amazing view from the comfort of the bed enjoying your morning coffee. We would highly recommend their boat tour that John and his son Ollie offer. Johns knowledge of the area, sea life and birds is very informative, and we were lucky enough to see several dolphins. It is a smaller boat which affords a smaller tour group, which we appreciated. Thank you again John and Jenny and if we are back in town again we hwill definitely be staying with you. Cheers!”
Arielle, March 2020
“The studio is amazing and the pictures do not do it justice. John was so kind and helpful with any questions we had. He set the spa for us when we wanted it ready. The view is to die for and “John’s place is a little drive away from town which was nice as there was a cruise ship on the day in Akaroa so was good to get away from the crowds. I also highly recommend getting onboard John’s boat cruise on the Southern Wanderer. We had 2 hours on the water and saw dolphins, penguins, seals and countless bird life. 10/10 would highly recommend.”
Melissa, March 2020
“Lovely cottage. Private and very comfortable and very well equipped. It was good to know in advance about the access down from the road. We enjoyed sitting on the deck with a beautiful view of the sea.”
Claire, March 2020
“A perfect end to our New Zealand trip. What a stunning spot Jenny and John have and thanks to their outstanding hospitality and advice on where to explore, we had an amazing three days here. Spotlessly clean and very very comfortable with so many personal touches such as local books and little torches by the bed. Akaroa heaven!”
Annie, February 2020
“Great views, quiet setting and a private location. Exactly what you expect with a cottage with the hot tub and views being a nice plus!”
“We are so grateful to Jenny and John for the wonderful stay we had in Akaroa. They are incredible hosts and the spot is spectacular!! We hope to go back there as soon as we can! It was simply fabulous! The best part of all was being able to use the hot spa overlooking the water. We loved it!!”
Sarah, February 2020
“Amazing location, with beautiful views, quite & cosy space - the spa was a real treat.”
Daniel, February 2020
“We had a great experience staying in the cottage. It was so much more spacious than we were expecting, with a homey feel, and all the amenities you could need. The view from the patio is quite honestly spectacular, and we enjoyed soaking up every minute. John was very accommodating in setting up some time for to use the spa pod (the view is better than it looks in the pics!), and we also enjoyed our daily pass by of the three pet alpacas on the way to the car. Only wish we could have stayed longer!”
Mary, February 2020
“Akaroa Coastal Cottage is amazing.We loved having a kitchen that had all you could need to self cater and included a BBQ,. The outside dining area had views to die for.The views from the cottage were just stunning and watching the sunset each night was a bonus.We enjoyed the outdoor spa of an evening after walking the hills around Akaroa.John and Jenny were perfect hosts.I would highly highly recommend staying at Akaroa Coastal Cottage”
David, February 2020
“I was expecting beautiful views from the photographs but they were even more incredible than I imagined. A total find, so happy I made the trip out to Akaroa. Thank you for a wonderful stay John and Jenny!”
Steph, February 2020
“Awesome view of harbor. Lovely space for exploring akaroa. Nice to be a bit away from the cruise ship crowd. Convenient to afternoon departure from Christchurch airport.”
Laura, February 2020
“Great to wake up to the veiw, awesome spot to have a relaxing spa. Lovely people.”
Colin, February 2020
“Can’t recommend highly enough. We loved it. Cozy, comfortable with amazing views. Quiet location, great shower, cotton sheets and good pillows (my accommodation essentials), all amenities and well equipped kitchen. Steep steps down with cases but a small price to pay for the joy of the loudest dawn chorus ever, hot tub under the stars, an owl watching us from a few feet away and spotting dolphins from the deck (with binoculars).”
Caroline, January 2020
“Jenny and John were perfect hosts with great communication. We were very comfortable in the studio and it had a great view, and only 5mjns drive from gorgeous Akaroa.”
Jo, January 2020
“The most amazing view, with the friendliest hosts (and Alpaca’s!).”
Arvin, January 2020
“Had a great stay at Jenny & John's guest studio - had such a lovely view from the bed. It provided all you need for a comfortable stay, its located just a few minutes drive from town and Akaroa is so beautiful.”
Leanna, January 2020
“Thank you for sharing your little piece of paradise, it truly is idyllic! The set up is so cleverly crafted and the hosts Jenny & John ensured we had full privacy but access to everything we needed with 'nothing a problem'.”
Bronwyn, January 2020
“This place is so amazing! We stayed for one night, the views and room are incredible, there were many cute wee touches like cookies and some milk for drinks, and John and Jenny were lightening quick with their responses. The Jacuzzi is a must-do, we watched the sun set over the hills. We also went on the boat tour that is offered, definitely worth it, John and his son knew everything there is to know about Akaroa and its wildlife/history. We will definitely be back if we are ever in Akaroa again!”
Maegan, January 2020
“It was a great place to stay. Everything was as described. Great view from the deck.”
Eric, January 2020
“Absolutely stunning and perfect. Beautiful view, small studio with everything you need. House is remote from the city - probably 7 minutes car drive. Tip: Buy a wine from the local vinery and have it in the jacuzzi with sunset. Can’t recommend this place (and Akaroa as a city) enough.”
Mette, January 2020
“Our stay with Jenny and John was perfect! The studio is in a great location and has fabulous views. We took an evening spa and watched the sunset - I'm not sure you could ask for more! The hosts were responsive and generous. We would stay there again in a heartbeat!”
Gary, January 2020
“The view is amazing. Super clean and welcoming. Many small touches that showed thoughtfulness on the part of the host, such as a jar of fresh cookies. Great sleep.”
Maria, December 2019
“Cozy space. Great views. Superb hosts. Crisp linens. Birdsong. Mind blowing peninsula.”
Steve, December 2019
“Perfect secluded retreat, close to Akaroa and incredible views of the bay from the studio and relaxing jacuzzi. The hosts are very knowledgeable of the area and the boat tour operated by Southern Wanderer (John’s son Ollie) was fantastic, well worth doing. Would highly recommend the studio.”
Clare, December 2019
“We loved our stay at Jenny & John’s place. The views from the terrace were amazing & the 90 minutes a day in the hot tub were heavenly. Also the kitchen was incredibly well equipped. We’d highly recommend this place for a relaxing break on the Banks Peninsula.”
Sam, December 2019
“Had a great stay in Akaroa at Jenny & Johns, the studio has everything you need and perfect for a couple. Views are incredible, bird life is amazing and the spa on the hillside has the most incredible views. Would definitely recommend the Southern Wanderer boat cruise they do of the harbour, it was incredible! Never been so close to a hectors dolphin! Akaroa is an incredible little place and we will definitely be back to stay again. Thank you for a great experience!”
Lauren, December 2019
“Excellent hosts. Communication was easy and the location is perfect.
Rafael, December 2019
“Awesome place with great views. Great for a relaxing weekend.”
Sue, November 2019
“The view from the retreat is absolutely breathtaking! If it is available then do not hesitate to book for your holiday. We spent three nights with Jenny and John and are so glad we did...the unit has everything two people could need. The hot tub with the incredible views and the varied birdsong was a highlight of our holiday. Jenny and John are outstanding hosts. They are warm, generous, helpful and truly want you to enjoy their home as much as they do. And if there is availability on their boat Southern Wanderer definitely join them for the two hour tour...we adjusted our trip for the boat ride and are so glad we did! Thank you both so much for a fabulous stay in Akaroa!”
Scott, November 2019
“The space is stylish and immaculately presented. Views were spectacular and the spa was fabulous. Be prepared for a tight turn to enter the property, however this is easily managed if you take it carefully. A great spot!”
Jodie, November 2019
“Mint wee studio in the bush with great view and hosts, bonus spa over-looking great views”
TJ, November 2019
“Fantastic hospitality in a little slice of NZ paradise. Great private spot just out of Akaroa and the hosts were more than welcoming. Beautiful views amidst the native bush. I recommend the private spa pool at sunset.”
Harry, November 2019
“A truly unique and amazing place in an absolutely stunning location. Highly recommend.”
Scott, October 2019
“A delightful place to enjoy the great views of Akaroa.”
John, October 2019
“John and Jenny’s place has stunning views. The guest suit is super clean and has good separation from the main house. Would stay here again!”
Catherine, October 2019
“John was very friendly, great communication. The room was lovely and warm with an amazing view! The spa was the best part that look out onto the harbour! Thanks for the great stay.”
Jye, October 2019
“Great location just outside of Akaroa. A hidden gem which was the perfect getaway! John and Jenny were very accommodating and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit!”
Robert, October 2019
“We had a lovely stay at Jenny and John’s studio. We especially enjoyed the boat trip with John and his son Oliver on the Southern Wanderer. Guest who stay at the cottage or studio get a discount for the boat trip, which is awesome! Thanks you for sharing your space and all your knowledge and stories with us! Cheers!”
Cynthia, October 2019
“Amazing hot tub with a view! A must!!! Highly recommend.”
Natasha, October 2019
“Highly recommended! The place was sparkling clean, very comfortable and warm, the views were amazing and the communication and hospitality from John and Jenny was A+. Had everything we needed. Would definitely stay here again.”
Chris, October 2019
“The studio is a beautiful space, and wow what a view! John is a wonderful host who met us on arrival and gave us wonderful tips on restaurants and local spots to visit. Book some time in the spa - we enjoyed star-gazing in the private space on a cool night. Would definitely come back again!”
Erica, September 2019
“Stunning views, quiet & peaceful. Perfect distance from Akaroa - close enough to pop in to town & far enough away to feel that you were in the perfect spot for a retreat. Great hospitality.”
Jason, September 2019
“Excellent location and view, really nice house and great hosts.”
Chris, September 2019
“Lovely hospitality and outstanding views - thanks for a great stay.”
Jordan, September 2019
“This is the perfect location to stay if you want to be a little out of Akaroa. It’s a beautiful cabin, tucked away in the native forest. The house has everything you need and more, and the spa location is out of this world. We had an amazing time and John was very helpful. Can’t wait to return.”
Lynne, September 2019
“Outstanding view from the room window and the outdoor jacuzzi. John is a fantastic host, very helpful. They have a nice dog. Even though the studio was connected to the main house, it felt very private. Nice selection of DVDs and books, which was very helpful on a rainy day.”
Marcello, September 2019
“Very friendly host highly recommended stay in a stunning environment. **the view and spa are top notch!! Thanks again Jenny and John.”
Gregory, September 2019
“Such a gorgeous retreat in a peaceful setting. John was a pleasure to deal with.”
Sarah, August 2019
“Fantastic view and location, very close to the main part of town in Akaroa. Wonderful hospitality and comfortable room. Highly recommend!”
Heather, August 2019
“This sweet cottage is nestled in a beautiful part of Akaroa, away from the main village. The little attic bedroom was particularly gorgeous and snug, but you could say that for each part of the house. Sitting in the hot tub watching the sunset was brilliant. What made the difference was the hospitality of John and Jenny who were always there to help and support when needed. Wonderful!”
Sharon, July 2019
“Wake up to the sound of tui’s and the view across the harbour to ancient volcanic mountains. This is heaven on earth!”
Lynda, July 2019
“Lovely place, great hosts!”
Hugo, July 2019
“Perfect place to stay when visiting Akaroa. We arrived after a long flight so was a really relaxing place to stay for the night. Made use of the hot tub as the sun was going down and had a really cozy night sleep. Woke up to a stunning view out of the bedroom window and was only minutes away from walking trails and Akaroa village. Would definitely stay again.”
Mark, July 2019
“We loved your rustic cottage, good heat pump, nice views, peace and privacy and excellent location to explore Banks Peninsula.”
Bruce, July 2019
“Wonderful, warm, relaxed hospitality. An incredible spot with breathtaking views and amazing birdlife. The hot tub was so restorative - the view from that alone was sublime!”
Tiffany, June 2019
“We adore your little cottage and had a wonderful weekend away all catching up together we couldn’t of picked a more perfect place to chill and unwind in the beautiful location. Highly recommend to anyone wanting a little weekend away in a beautiful part of New Zealand.”
Leah, June 2019
“A cozy little place with amazing views. John and Jenny's hospitality is fantastic. I would highly recommend to anyone.”
Beau, May 2019
“John is very friendly. The view from our room is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a pity we were there when the weather was adverse.”
Simon, May 2019
“Awesome place. View from the room is breathtaking. Spa jacuzzi at sunset was a big highlight. Clean cosy room!”
Austin, May 2019
“This placed ticked all the boxes. Needed a break from the big city and found myself under the stars in a spa overlooking the beautiful landscape. The check-in was very easy, John was kind enough to make recommendations on activities, and place was clean, beautiful, and functional while not being too far from town. Thanks for hosting!”
Preston, May 2019
“Gorgeous views from this cabin! The birds in the morning were one of the best parts! You are right there in nature and it is beautiful.”
Carolyn, May 2019
“Comfortable and clean and very easy distance from the town. The view was spectacular especially in the wild storm that passed through. Very exciting. We received a very friendly greeting and thoroughly enjoyed our all too brief stay. We would happily go back.”
Liz, April 2019
"Would highly recommend. The private space is clean, cosy and allows you to wake up with a great view. Jenny and John were accomodating to us arriving early and giving us a time slot to use the hot tub to ourselves. Thanks!”
Aaminah, April 2019
"Jenny and John are wonderfully hospitable hosts and straight away made us feel so very comfortable and welcome. The studio is just beautiful - so quiet and peaceful with stunning views and amazing panoramic stars to see from the hot tub. I really recommend staying here.”
Lillan, April 2019
"Excellent cottage, thoroughly enjoyed our time there. It really is a quiet location to get away and enjoy the amazing views. Big thank you to our hosts who have created their own small sanctuary.”
Anthony, April 2019
"Wonderful cottage a few kilometers past Akaroa. Amazing views from the porch and spa area!”
Jean, April 2019
"If you have the opportunity to stay here, don’t hesitate as the photos barely do the scenery any justice. Outside of the sights from just about every angle, Jenny & John are warm and welcoming hosts who only added to serenity of our stay. The town centre is also a quick drive from the house so if you want to do some exploring it’s easy.”
Sean, March 2019
"We had a wonderful stay. We especially enjoyed the hot tub, which had truly stunning views and we liked how John & Jenny allow you to reserve it for private use. Thoroughly recommend!”
Sam, March 2019
"This is paradise, you really don't need to look further. A very well thought out studio which contains all you need for a great stay to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. The water view is breathtaking from the bed, the benches or the Jacuzzi, we were lucky to enjoy 2 sunny days. It's quiet and only a few minutes’ drive out of the town. Highly recommended.”
Gabrielle, February 2019
"A fairy tale B&B, built into the mountain, living fully within nature. Wake up to hear the sounds of a rain forest and open your eyes to overlook the Akaroa Harbour. At night, enjoy the hot tub as you gaze at the millions of stars overhead. Easy and fun 5 minute drive to town. Be sure to book a private tour with John and Ollie to see the view all the natural wonders of the area: penguins, seals, dolphins and remains of the volcano's. We couldn't decide which was better, our lovely little cottage with an amazing view or the great boat trip!”
Sydney, February 2019
"It would be hard to find a cottage with a better view than this one. It was fantastic. We loved to watch the activity on the water below—the arrival and departure of cruise ships was particularly interesting. The cottage is rustic but comfortable. The access, as noted in the description, does include steep stairs that were not a problem for us but could be for some. We very much enjoyed our relaxing time here.”
Joyce, February 2019
"John and Jennys place is amazing! The views are incredible and the hot tub is magical. The house has a welcoming and homely vibe, surrounded by trees and bird sounds. It is well set up for what you need and communication with John was very prompt and informative. Would highly recommend to anyone staying in the area, such a little oasis.”
Lahna, February 2019
"The location is nothing short of spectacular set high up in a pine forest overlooking the ocean and surrounded in wonderful native bush, tui, kereru, and lovely nesting swallows. The log cabin has all you need, is rustic and full of character. The outdoor eating area is divine.”
Belinda, February 2019
"We had an amazing stay in Akaroa. The location is fantastic, the view from the balcony and the jacuzzi is superb and the place very comfortable. Would have happily stayed there for several days.”
Marco. January 2019
"This is a first class property with very welcoming and helpful hosts. The views from the studio are awesome and Jenny and John have provided everything you could need.”
Sharon, January 2019
"John & Jenny are lovely hosts and the studio room was very welcoming, we woke up to spectacular 5 star views of the Harbour and the jacuzzi in the late afternoon sharing a bottle of wine was the perfect way to spend and afternoon. We thoroughly recommend this as a destination. We will come back again.”
Cara, January 2019
"The view is absolutely spectacular. So quiet and peaceful looking out over the bay. Beautiful, stylish little cottage.”
Suzy, January 2019
"This place has the most amazing view and Is extremely well equipped with air con , Sky TV and was immaculately clean. The hosts were excellent at responding and were helpful around check in times. The only negative would be that I didn’t get to spend long enough to enjoy the studio. I will definitely be back next time I’m in Akaroa.”
Patrick, January 2019
"John and Jenny’s place is a gem in Akaroa. The studio is clean, has everything you might need and has stunning views of the harbour. Jenny and John are fabulous hosts who open up their home to you. They are easy to talk to and are full of tips about the area. I would highly recommend staying with Jenny and John!”
Emilie, December 2018
"Loved the place. would recommend to anyone.”
Cintia, December 2018
"We loved the cottage and wished we could have spent more time there. John is helpful and communicative, and the thoughtful touches like cozy robes for the hot tub were lovely.”
Margaret, December 2018
"The views over the harbour are stunning. Surrounded by lush flora and birdsong. If you’re looking for peace and tranquillity this home is for you.”
Anne, December 2018
"Jenny and John’s Coastal Cottage was the perfect getaway. Stunning views, great hospitality and comfortable bed/ everything you could possibly need/ want. The spa is wonderful- we watched 2 incredible sunsets whilst relaxing in spa. They also took us out on the harbour in the early morning (their other business) and the experience was well worth it for the wildlife. I definitely recommend a stay at Jenny and Johns.”
Nadia, November 2018
"Beautiful, peaceful, clean. Hot tub is the tipping point. Great hosts, willing to help out with my flight delay. Make sure you ask them the wheres and what to dos in Akaroa.”
Todd, November 2018
"We enjoyed our stay here. It was very tranquil and relaxing. The highlight was the spa such a view! John was great and brought us an extra heater as it was only 3 degrees when we arrived! Loved being surrounded by Bush and have the native birds flying around.”
Kathy, November 2018
"There aren’t enough stars to give my experience! I had an incredible couple of days in Akaroa made even more memorable by the amazing hospitality of Jenny and John. They were warm and welcoming, responsive and helpful throughout. Their house is well placed just minutes from the town centre, and easy to get in and out. You’ll have everything you need and I appreciated the thoughtful touches and clever use of space. I joined them for a morning boat cruise around the fascinating coastline of the area, seeing dolphins, penguins, many different birds and even a seal! I can highly recommend this optional extra - a great way to see more than most of the region, and at the best time of day. John gave very interesting commentary and had great knowledge of the local wildlife and locations. After a long day of sightseeing the outdoor “spa under the stars” (yes John I think you should hashtag that!) was just wonderful. Not that you need to step outside to get amazing sunset and sunrise views from your room! I was sad to move on, but I hope lots of others get the chance to discover this paradise too!”
Kathleen, November 2018
"John and Jenny's cottage is set into the hillside overlooking the harbour. It is rustic but with modern appliances. The walk up and down to the car is challenging so pack lightly. John was very obliging with the use of the spa and booking it very easy. Everything was as described you need to read the description carefully as I thought the spa was at the cottage from the photo. The main show stoppers here are the view of the water the sounds of the birds and the seclusion. We didn't find parking on the road an issue as it's not a busy road and only 3 k to town. All in all it was a great place to base yourself to enjoy the many stunning attractions this part of the world offers.”
Libby, November 2018
"Such a stunning location. The hot tub was amazing ! Jenny & John were super helpful with everything, and amazing hosts. Will certainly be back. Thank you.”
Phil, November 2019
"Me and my friends had a fantastic stay at Jenny & John’s place. The view is just incredible and the place has everything you need. Would definitely recommend it.”
Juki, November 2018
佳鹭, November 2018
"Amazing view, lovely getaway!!”
Ian, November 2018
"Great views and bird life , good spa pool.”
Carol, October 2018
"The cottage is basic but cosy. It’s quite remote and has an absolutely stunning view. I hadn’t realized how far out of Akaroa we were and at first I thought it might be an issue but it wasn’t. We enjoyed going into town in the morning and then retreating to the cottage in the afternoon. A special note on how clean the place was. Immaculate.”
Jacqui, October 2018
"Excellent view of the harbour, and very thoughtful hosts that made us feel right at home!”
Vincent, October 2018
"The room has A wonderful ocean view, and Jenny & John were so nice and hospitable.”
Brendon, October 2018
"It was such a wonderful stay in this lovely house. Especially the jacuzzi outside facing the ocean and mountain. We really enjoyed it!”
俊弘, October 2018
"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
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
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
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
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
Phone (NZ): 027 484 8830
Phone (Overseas): +64 27 484 8830