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Haurata High Country Retreat

Haurata High Country Retreat 1257 Makaretu Rd, Matawai, Gisborne view on map
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  • Haurata High Country Retreat
  • Haurata High Country Retreat
  • Haurata High Country Retreat
  • Haurata High Country Retreat
  • Haurata High Country Retreat
  • Haurata High Country Retreat
  • Haurata High Country Retreat
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'Gisborne's best kept secret'

• Breathe the clean mountain air
• Drink the pure spring water
• Discover the pleasures of living in the remote hills of Gisborne.
NZ 100% pure splendid isolation

Enjoy the Haurata experience, great for family getaways, walking holidays, a romantic escape or just to experience New Zealand. This diamond in the hills could be your next escape . . . Situated between Gisborne and Opotiki, Haurata is approximately 65km from Gisborne city and 24km east of Matawai village. Experience Accommodation in Gisborne's stunning, rugged backcountry as you leave SH2 and weave through the unique bluffs and rock sculptures on the 13 kms up Makaretu Road to Haurata.


The main accommodation at Haurata is a very comfortable four bedroom holiday home set in the large park-like garden surroundings. The private rhododendron garden with deciduous, evergreen and organic fruit trees provides the ultimate place to relax.

The avenues of cherry trees, spiral garden ceremonial area and old woolshed are all yours to explore and enjoy exclusively as a guest of Haurata.

A narrow track leads from the garden into the native bush and beautiful rocky river. The river is a playground for the adventurous with rockslides, swimming holes and waterfalls. This is a truly magnificent experience for nature lovers.

Add to the luxury of your getaway by ordering delicious, wholesome gourmet meals, which will be cooked for you, on-site, using fresh produce from our garden and the local area.


Backpackers Cottage:

This rustic cottage is quirky, cosy and authentic – backpacker heaven.

This old shearers quarters has been painted and decorated tastefully with a vintage shabby chic feel.

The authentic building is set in the beautiful Haurata garden and is compatible with the main house if both buildings are used by large groups of up to 14 people.

  • 100% Guest Reviews 2015
  • Air Strip
  • Board Games
  • Breakfasts
  • Catering
  • Check-in Time: 1:00pm
  • Check-out Time: 12:00pm
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Clothesline
  • Croquet
  • Dining Room
  • DVD Player
  • Freeview
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Lounge Area with Fireplace
  • Shower Facilities
  • Spa
  • Toilet Facilities
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Weddings
Haurata High Country Retreat
  • When the mist comes down to obliterate views there is a cosy log fire and even internet connection for the laptop carriers, (maybe needs a few more board games for those without). The house is a home and feels like you can settle in,so not just a base. We did manage to fit a couple of walks during the mist gaps, definitely no disappointment here. 4
    BIDDY MYERS - Mar 15, 2017 (Stayed Mar 2017) Travelbug verified review
Haurata High Country Retreat
  • Six of us (in our early 60s) enjoyed a few days at Haurata. We all loved the place! Plenty walks of all levels, lovely spot to relax and great food supplied for special birthday dinner. Thanks Jane & Rachel, we were spoilt. We plan to visit again hopefully in Spring when the cheery trees & rhododendrons are in flower. 5
    JANE LOBB - Jan 25, 2017 (Stayed Jan 2017) Travelbug verified review
Haurata High Country Retreat
  • We had 2 nights staying in the Backpackers at Haurata High Country farm. It was an amazing experience. Very friendly hosts and beautiful walks. 5
    KATE BLYTH - Jan 13, 2017 (Stayed Jan 2017) Travelbug verified review
  • Thanks Kate for taking the time to review
    Haurata High Country Retreat
Haurata High Country Retreat
  • We still think of our stay and wish we had more than 4 days. There are walks to suit all from adventurous and thrilling to easy but still breathtaking. Very comfortable and practical homestead perfect for relaxing after a good days adventure. And the water is so soo sweet! 5
    Leah,Ray, Aubrey & family - Jan 30, 2017 (Stayed Dec 2016) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you Ray ,Aubrey and family for staying at Haurata
    Haurata High Country Retreat
Haurata High Country Retreat
  • It was a great place to relax & unwind, everything was as described, services & whole experience was excellent. Would return in a flash! Thank you. 5
    BRUCE PARKINSON - Oct 18, 2016 (Stayed Oct 2016) Travelbug verified review
Haurata High Country Retreat
  • The perfect place to relax and enjoy a breathtaking scenery. 5
    BABICHE HEIL - Aug 14, 2016 (Stayed Aug 2016) Travelbug verified review
  • Thanks for the photos on the Haurata facebook
    Haurata High Country Retreat
Haurata High Country Retreat
  • A fabulous place to escape to and recharge. Beautiful walks, scenery and food. Host Jane couldn't be more lovely. 5
    SHEREE TAYLOR - May 7, 2016 (Stayed Apr 2016) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you Sheree
    Haurata High Country Retreat
Haurata High Country Retreat
  • Awesome highly recommended for a fabulous get away . Rain wind or sunshine 5
    AMBER REYNOLDS - Jan 8, 2016 (Stayed Dec 2015) Travelbug verified review
  • Thanks Amber for taking the time to write a review. Cheers Jane
    Haurata High Country Retreat
Haurata High Country Retreat
  • Amazing experience. Beautiful views and walks! Accommodation is all that you could ask for and need. A long way out of Gisborne! Don't be discouraged by the drive, it is worth it! 5
    PETRA HERINGS - Jan 4, 2016 (Stayed Dec 2015) Travelbug verified review
  • Ohh thanks for that lovely review Petra
    Haurata High Country Retreat
Haurata High Country Retreat
  • Very clear directions for finding location. Rachel's meals were outstanding ! Outstanding location and views. 5
    GARY LE QUESNE - Mar 14, 2015 (Stayed Feb 2015) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Regards Jane
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