Claremont Country Estate

Central South Island, New Zealand

Nestled into the surrounding hills and rolling countryside, Claremont Country Estate Luxury Lodge sits against a backdrop of the spectacular Southern Alps, close to Christchurch and promises a luxury but homely welcome.

Please note that Claremont Country Estate is now closed. Please contact our specialists for alternative properties in the Southern Alps and beyond.

At a Glance

  • This is rare opportunity to stay on a working farm estate and enjoy 2,400 acres of rolling farmland, rivers, gorges, waterfalls, rock formations in what is effectively your own private nature reserve

  • Luxury lodge accommodation in the heart of the Waipara wine-growing region in Canterbury

  • Enjoy locally grown produce paired with local Waipara wines

  • Along with luxury accommodation, there are several pre-historic geological features on the property

  • All the feel of a private country estate, with access to the rolling land and stunning natural beauty of the Waipara Gorge

Insider's View

Take the fantastic 4WD tour of the property and discover the fascinating 1.0m round 65 million year old limestone spheres known as God's Marbles that roll out of the Waipara river bank.

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From the moment you arrive at Claremont Luxury Lodge you enter the warm and cosy atmosphere of this beautifully restored, historic limestone homestead surrounded by acres of beautiful manicured flower gardens, fruit trees and landscaped grounds. During your stay you will experience the essence of New Zealand from stunning scenery and the warm hospitality in this elegant homestead on a 2,400 acre working farm.

Accommodation at the Claremont Country Estate ranges from luxury suites with double spa baths and private terraces to expansive self-contained cottages. For those traveling as a family the heritage style Family Cottage has a large lawn for playing on, children's toys, games and books and a fully equipped kitchen. For couples traveling together or families with older children, the Owner's Retreat is a secluded and private two-bedroom villa with triple aspect open plan living room and has varnished wooden floors and oriental rugs throughout.

With exclusive access to the estate with over 10 kilometers of direct river frontage, you may walk or cycle over the extensive rolling farmland and explore the amazing pre-historic geological features on your doorstep and the renowned Waipara wineries guarantee your enjoyment of this stunning area.


The Fountain Suite is on the homestead's ground floor and has a private veranda and direct garden access, the ground floor Lily Suite has the addition of a small private sitting room. The expansive first floor Claremont Suite has its own private entrance, kitchenette, dining area and sunny deck. The three-bedroom country style Family Cottage is filled with toys, books, games and DVDs and is ideal for those with up to 3 young children and the secluded Owner's Retreat is ideal for older families.

The Fountain Suite
The Claremont Suite
The Lily Suite
The Family Cottage
The Owner's Retreat


Children are warmly welcomed at Claremont Country Estate with the Family Cottage being perfect for those with children under the age of 14. Here, there are toys, books, games and DVDs as well as a fully fenced flat lawn fully equipped kitchen and laundry room. Babysitting, cots and highchairs can all be provided and children will love swimming in the gorges, the daily activities of the farm's livestock and the Land Rover safari.


Breakfast is provided with your accommodation at the Claremont Country Estate, either in the lodge's conservatory for those staying in the suites, or provisions are put into the kitchens for those in the cottages. Picnics and supper platters with a bottle of wine can also be arranged if you are not self-catering or out and about. Lodge facilities include two firelit living rooms, an expansive library, tennis court, badminton, croquet, garden spa pool as well as free wireless internet access.


Complimentary mountain bikes are available, and walks, hikes, and river swims with picnics are easy to do independently on the estate where there are so many natural beauty spots. The estate can also organize horse riding, fishing, hunting, guided safari tours in a 4WD vehicle and even classic car hire.

Location & Directions

Central South Island, New Zealand

Nestled into the surrounding hills and rolling countryside, Claremont Country Estate Luxury Lodge sits against a backdrop of the spectacular Southern Alps, close to Christchurch.

When to go

The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies. The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration. The colder months of June to August are the best time to ski.

Both North and South Islands are drier on the east coast, rather than on the west, where mountain ranges act as a trap for the moisture-rich winds from the Tasman Sea. It is also worth remembering that it is usually a few degrees cooler on the South Island than the North Island and as New Zealand has a maritime climate, the weather can change rapidly.

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