On-site/ Off-road parking available (buses call first)
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
NZMCA members welcome overnight

Your 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. Guests come to interact with nature, experience farm life and farm animals. Scenic river walks, farm tours and sheep shearing are all part of life at Karetu.


Gift Shop

Our gift shop is in the old shearers quarters. It sells woollen products, childrens books, hand creams, manuka honey and gardening giftware.