NEW ZEALAND:Our stay at Waipuna, Christchurch:Accomodation: Waipuna Estatewaipunaestate.nz:Chrischurch, New Zealand (South Island):February 2017. Approaching the end of our trip through this amazing country. With Christchurch city on our hit list, we originally imagined we would end up staying somewhere within the heart of the city, but after finding this little gem online, we made the decision to stay in the Southern outskirts of the city (only 20 minutes away), which we found conveniently
February 2017. Approaching the end of our trip through this amazing country.
With Christchurch city on our hit list, we originally imagined we would end up staying somewhere within the heart of the city, but after finding this little gem online, we made the decision to stay in the Southern outskirts of the city (only 20 minutes away), which we found conveniently matched our route as we would then be driving on to Akaroa from there (another place you CANNOT miss if you are visiting close to Christchurch).
We are so glad we did end up at this Estate and cannot wait to share this little gem with you in this blog!
When driving up to the Estate you notice that you are going further into the quieter parts, up more private paths. This definitely added to the charm of the place, as we knew there wouldn’t be any other tourists in the same area.
The house definitely gives off the feeling that you are parking in someone’s private home, but this place was actually built specifically as a Bed and Breakfast to house multiple guests. We loved rocking up right to the door and having our own little parking spot, it felt like we were arriving home!
It was so easy and comfortable. Definitely no HOTEL VIBE as you enter, no nasty parking signs or directional signs to the Reception. It had a casual nature about its set up, yet we really felt well looked after, true NZ hospitality!
So we ended up knocking on the front door after parking in the driveway, and we were welcomed by our very friendly host, Merv!
When we entered the house, we were amazed with how spacious it was with such a homie vibe about it! It definitely didn’t feel like we were walking through a hotel b&b, it was decorated and arrange like a comfortable family home. Plus, we rocked up at”Golden Hour” so our arrival was accompanied with a sunset light coming through the windows and we were melting over the views and ambient light.
We actually didn’t know what our room was gonna look like as we didn’t see any pictures before hand, and we were so giddy when our host Merv told us that we were going to be staying in the Estate’s “Honeymoon Suite”!!!!!
AGAIN…. we were blown away with the SPACE! Walk-in wardrobe on the right, MASSIVE en-suite bathroom on the left and at the end of our suites corridor is basically the same sized living room as our tiny flat’s in Hong Kong + it also fit in a King-sized bed! We had to hold back the smiles, as we were so amazed with how big and comfortable everything was & that we landed ourselves the BEST ROOM IN THE HOUSE!!! HeeHee. We were definitely feeling the perks of advising in advanced of arrival that we were on our Honeymoon!
We stayed two nights and that gave us time to enjoy the little corners of the house. The living room on the right wing had the same views as from our suite but we also loved this communal area of the house for all the places to sit and chill.
– Chill spots for HIM
– Chill spots for HER
– & the coolest day bed / alcove / window seat chill spot 😛
The house had a fully equipped kitchen which we saw the other guests using the first night we arrived, so the next day we enjoyed buying groceries to cook up that evening and enjoy a night-in. We had to also feel like we were taking advantage / making use of all the amenities of this B&B Estate!
Even though there are other guests in the house, you don’t even need to worry about eating at the same time, there is plenty of table space to either eat alone or eat as a group. There were two large dining tables around the kitchen and a beautiful outdoor table on the terrace.
But for us, we enjoyed meeting new people on our travels. And it was nice to share the table for a few moments with other couples and hear about their travels & mutual love for NZ!
We also enjoyed exploring the Estate’s grounds! It was nice to spot so many wild rabbits and birds at every corner.
We wanted to stay there all day! But Christchurch city was waiting for us and it couldn’t be missed!
The city centre was awesome. We only had 1 full day to explore it, so we started off with the most important first, which was to SHOP! lol. I love NZ fashion, and since we were in a main city for a short day after being in the country side for most of the trip, I was excited to checkout the NZ local fashion brands.
After the shops we drove passed this large park in the city centre and couldn’t resist a quick stroll around, as if we hadn’t had enough greenery this trip. LOVED Hagley Park!
The city was a mix of old historical buildings and modern architecture. Due to the devastating effects the earthquake had on the city, an incredible amount of reconstruction and new builds have come to the city. But there are some parts of the city where it feels like the earthquake only happened yesterday…. It was a bit of a scary site with some of the buildings! Christchurch definitely has still some way to go in repairing itself, but the city definitely doesn’t seem phased by it, life goes on, and everyone is so friendly and awesome, embracing the new dynamics of the city.
One of the first new-builds after the big earthquake was done by Shigeru Ban – today known as
The Cardboard Cathedral. We loved the space. It was definitely more beautiful than we imagined a cardboard cathedral could be.
We then followed the tram tracks and ended up spending a few hours in a quaint part of the city, down “New Regiant Street” which we felt might be the Spanish quarter of the city for the cool tiles and architecture of the ground floor shops.
We found ourselves the coolest Sherry & Chocolate bar and indulged in the flavours!! 😛
Our last morning on the Estate ended with a yummy breakfast and even though check-out was at 11am Merv let us stay longer to enjoy our breakfast with calm, so that we didnt have to rush to pack up our room. Small things like that were just magic!!
Merv ended up being such a delight and the added bonus to this whole experience. He gave us tips for site-seeing in the city and for the rest of our trip in New Zealand; he prepared us breakfast every morning (at whatever hour in the morning that suited us!!) and it was so nice to chat to a local, exchanging stories and experiences in their beautiful country.
What was such a sweet touch, is that Merv noticed that I wasn’t much of a fan of the meaty English breakfast the day before, and the next morning he had served me local berries from the farm below with yogurt and cereal. I was so touched & left with a happy belly!
I’ll end this blog now with a few more shots of the Estate from Miklos’ drone footage! Please get in touch with us if you do end up doing this same trip as us and staying at this Hotel. 🙂
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