Tree Crop Farm
 

The Romantic Retreats at Tree Crop Farm in Akaroa on the Grehan Valley stream, have a 20 year reputation for their picturesque arcadian setting and the wood fires, candles, flowers, late sleep-ins, hot baths outside under the stars and the dawn chorus from who knows how many thousands of birds at day break  (See video section).

Recommended in the Lonely Planet Guide as a genuine quirky NZ experience, unpretentious, with a great location, Tree Crop Farm is a 20 hectare hillside lifestyle block crisscrossed with walk tracks leading to many more up and over the mountains behind Akaroa. Tree Crop Farm has also been featured in the New York Times travel section, was a finalist in the New Zealand TV series My House, My Castle and featured in a segment for Getaway Australia TV series. Publications about the farm and its philosophy include a chapter in Great Gardens of NZ -by author Derek Fell, and a number of articles over the years in The Dominion Post, Christchurch Star, Weekend Gardener, NZ Gardener, Christchurch Press, AA Travel Magazine, Akaroa Mail as well as various inflight magazines and rural lifestyle publications over the past 20 years.

This new web site Romantic Retreats Akaroa reflects the preference guests have for a later checkout after midday, and that Tree Crop Farm no longer operates a café or a breakfast basket service. The quality of breakfast and brunch café food is now up to international standards down on the Akaroa waterfront and can be reached in 5 minutes by car or 25 minutes walking down the road or a little longer cross country. Guests can now come to Tree Crop Farm for nearly 24 hours and they greatly appreciate the later check out..they can sleep in longer and no pressure to get up!

 

 
 

All the huts have facilities for the preparation of a simple meal and assistance is still provided with the renowned evening highlight …an outside bush bath with fire underneath ! All the huts have their own private bathroom back at the house, but only the Verandah Hut has the bathroom en suite. Two huts have electricity and two have no power. All the huts have candles and mirrors for reflecting light. The Lost Weekend Cottage has a recently installed antique Finnish style sauna stove (see reviews section). All the huts have at least one fire for heating and/or cooking. Bathrobes and towels are supplied to all the huts All the huts are “New Zild” in style and have furniture antiques from early colonial NZ plus kelims, sheepskins and possum or Persian rugs …white Russian émigré style! The Bedouin Creek Hut is the one recommended for solo travellers ,and those who enjoy being close to the sound of running  drinkable water ( see review section).

 

Additional photos by Raquel Smith & Jane Maupin Yates