On-site/ Off-road parking available (no buses)
Toilets available on site
Tea/coffee available for purchase
Refreshments available for purchase
Picnic area available (visitors may bring food)
Accommodation available
Plants/produce stalls
Motorhomes welcome overnight

Hosts: Karen & Bruce Forrester

1731 Ram Paddock Road, Waipara Gorge
Phone: (03) 3144 584

Park-like and enchanting

Karetu meaning ‘sweet scented grass’, derives its name from Mt Karetu, which was part of the original farm in the 1900s. The Karetu Downs homestead overlooks a large sweeping lawn, encapsulated by majestic trees and under plantings of camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and roses. Large evergreen and deciduous trees planted in the nineteen sixties gives the garden its structure.

Interconnecting paths weave alongside a creek, taking you through to the native section of garden, which is home to kereru and other bird life. This continues onwards through to the rhododendron garden and out under a wisteria and clematis clad pergola.

Karetu Downs is also a large hill country property with farm stay accommodation. It even has a gorgeous little gift shop jam packed full of gardening products and beautiful giftware. Nature walks, farm animals, farm tours, sheep shearing are all part of life at Karetu.


Natural Hound

Doggie covers, blankets and beds.

Karetu Farmyard Gift Shop

The gorgeous Farmyard Gift Shop is packed full of a range of gardening products and giftware. From garden gloves to art prints, there is something for everyone.


Coffee and treats

Available from the Karetu Farmyard Gift Shop daily.


Magical Mystery Tour

A Guided Tour to Concretions with Dr Kate Pedley.

For more information and bookings, please refer to page 39 of the guidebook or the Talks and Tours tab on the HGF website.

When:12.30pm, Sat 30th & Sun 31st.