Cleverly converted Woolshed in idyllic location

Bach or holiday home | Kaikoura District | #11744

8.8/10 (22 ratings)
  • 8 people
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 beds
  • 1 bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


  • Historic Woolshed converted to comfortable accommodation
  • Truly private rural setting
  • Cleverly decorated with historic memorabilia to create a cosy quirky country experience

The Woolshed at Blue Duck Farm provides family and friends with a unique New Zealand high-country experience, just 30 minutes away North then West from downtown Kaikoura. The historic Woolshed juts out above the road on its original totara piles, offering commanding views above towards Seaward Valley Station and Central Saddle, abutted by Mt. Alexander on one side and Jacob’s Ladder on the other; across to Aniseed Creek; and down to Iron Gate, SH1 and the sea. You are totally alone up here, this is the true meaning of privacy! The Woolshed with its post and rail fencing, water tanks and grindstone for sharpening hand –shears, also maintains its original external appearance, and inside its configuration as a shearing shed. While preserving these basic features, it has also been transformed into warm and comfortable accommodation for up to 8 people, with two bedrooms, a central lounge, dining and kitchen areas, and modern bathroom. The theme is basic country. Below and adjacent to the Farm is the 375-acre Blue Duck Scientific Reserve, the largest remaining area of accessible lowland podocarp forest between the Marlborough Sounds to the far North, and the Catlins of South Otago. It is an untracked wilderness which can be freely entered. As Barry Dunnett comments, “Most of the forest floor is open, the contours moderate, and any navigation problems can easily be sorted out by heading downhill…to arrive back on the Blue Duck Road”. He also says of the magnificent stands of totara, rimu, miro, matai and kahikatea : “These are BIG trees. Ancient trees. The rarity of this type of forest makes the experience more precious”.

There is no telephone landline, no television and radio only with static. There is peace and quiet, every outdoor challenge, rural sights and smells, billions of stars at night, and mountain air that tastes like wine.

Special conditions: Please, no one night booking requests.


  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Shower

Bed layouts

  • Bunkroom

    2 x Bunk bed
    1 x Queen bed

  • Master bedroom

    1 x Queen bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found.
  • Linen: Bring your own linen
Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
Flat Rate
28-Oct-16 to 28-Jan-18
$150/night $150/night
2 night minimum stay

*Pricing may vary depending on the dates you choose and the number of guests. Additional charges (extras) and minimum stay criteria may also apply. Bookings paid for through Bookabach online payments incur a 3% credit card transaction fee.

Reviews (33)

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  • Quirky environment - shearing shed converted to basic accommodation

    Quirky environment - shearing shed converted to basic accommodation. Loved being off the beaten track on farmland. Didn't get a chance to do bush walks nearby .... another time maybe. If you like something different - then try this place. Note it is around 10km from the state highway.

    JeanetteMa2 new member Oct 2016

  • This place was everything I had hoped it would be and more!...

    This place was everything I had hoped it would be and more! We felt like we were on top of the world! The fresh air, remote location & simple living is good for the soul - and it was good for our family - our wee 1.5 year old was so happy with all the exploring she could do which made for happy parents! We have vowed to make this a regular getaway spot now!

    AmiR7669 100%|4x Sep 2016

  • Beautiful location, secluded and quiet

    Beautiful location, secluded and quiet. The woodshed itself was cosy and unique.

    NicolaPo4 100%|1x Sep 2016

  • good rustic spot in the wild, practice you fire lighting skills, go...

    good rustic spot in the wild, practice you fire lighting skills, go in the bush, take all you need for a week away with cell phone coverage and super slow or no internet coverage.

    KARAITIANAT 100%|2x Apr 2016

  • Highly recommended, Everything about it truly awesome...

    Highly recommended, Everything about it truly awesome.

    donnan983 100%|3x Mar 2016

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