Nice coffee too!
(Rob) Again, up early to catch the mini-bus to Akaroa
, then spent a very pleasant couple of hours in the town - a lovely position out on the peninsula where the sea inlet is the main feature overlooked by steep mountains and bush. Arrived at Onuku Farm backpackers having been transported by the hostel truck out on the edge of the coast into what can only be described as the next thing to Paradise! Nestled very naturally into its surrounding - accommodation is extended around the original farm building - a hotch-potch of shacks, look-outs and sheds housing the toilet, shower and kitchen areas. PM. Explored the area which involved walking along the cliff tops, paths; often very steep at times and leading down to the water (Jan) This place is beautiful.
Lots of birds, tropical bird sounds from the bush. Amazing kitchen and bathroom arrangements and very friendly people. There is the original wooden frame farmhouse with good sized lounge with piano and solid fuel stove, small kitchen, bedrooms and bathroom with 'in use' sign rather than lock. I think the house originally had a verandah on 2 sides but they'd used one side for another kitchen. There was a further kitchen outside on the 'balcony' enclosed by old landrover windscreens and plastic roofing but fully equipped. We had a walk to the 'beach' (stony) in the evening with lovely light as we walked back with the sun going down. We saw a bellbird which is pretty non-descript but is the origin of the lovely tropical sounds. We also explored the site and found the trampers hut for those doing the 4 day Banks Peninsula.
It looked lovely and we would guess well set up as well as big. Also found Bush Retreat hidden away in the woods which is a B&B. Favourite was Stargazer which is a small stilted hut with just a matress on the floor and candles and windows in the low roof to watch the stars. Idyllic. The camping area was lovely too, tucked into a sheltered part of the woods. They were well spaced out together with huts for sleeping and good kitchen areas as well as hammocks whcih we had a swing in. Rob broke on much to the amusement of some girls. We enjoyed chatting with Alison, a Kiwi on holiday with her teenage son. Volleyball was also on offer at a set time each day, chickens and dogs running around and a chance to feed the pigs! If we had been here on Sunday, we would have had homemade muffins for breakfast on the house.