Haurata High Country Retreat

Haurata High Country Retreat 1257 Makaretu Rd, Matawai, Gisborne view on map
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
  • Great experience.Good accomodation, real challenging farmwalking, warm welcome by friendly host Jane, excellent cook Rachel. 5
    DICK KEIJZER - Mar 1, 2020 (Stayed Feb 2020) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you very much Dick . Thank you very much for finding us. Regards jane
    Haurata High Country Retreat
Haurata High Country Retreat
  • One of the easiest, no fuss bookings made during our current stay in NZ. The property was above expectations, as were the meals. Wonderfully friendly staff and it was exhilerating to experience those high country walks. Good job c well done team Haurata 5
    COLIN SLARK - Feb 22, 2020 (Stayed Feb 2020) Travelbug verified review
  • Ohh Thank you Colin. It was lovely to meet you all
    Haurata High Country Retreat
Haurata High Country Retreat
  • Haurata is a beautiful and unique place to visit. Jane and Warwick are terrific hosts - and the view from their farm is unlike any other. We stayed in the backpacker house - and it was gorgeous. Took some brief hikes along the river and through the gardens. 5
    BILL BRINKERHOFF - Jan 10, 2020 (Stayed Jan 2020) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you Bill and Kathy for finding us and for making the time to write the review . Hope the rest of your travels in NZ are all good
    Haurata High Country Retreat
Haurata High Country Retreat
  • Everything was better than expected - too much use of 'gourmet, luxury, private...' in other advertisements. Rachel provided seriously yummy suppers with food in the fridge for breakfast and lunch with fresh baked rolls and muffins. Jane, our hostess, could not have been more welcoming and helpful. WHat a glorious four days we had. Thank you Jane and Rachel. 5
    NELSON MITCHELL - Dec 21, 2019 (Stayed Dec 2019) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you for finding and staying at haurata. We enjoyed having you to stay.
    Haurata High Country Retreat
Haurata High Country Retreat
  • House has all you need, wonderful location away from it all and 3 great walks too. Worth adding a day to just chill out. 5
    ANTHONY LOFTUS - Feb 21, 2019 (Stayed Feb 2019) Travelbug verified review
Haurata High Country Retreat
  • We had a brilliant weekend. House is amazing, farm is stunning, walks are well marked and interesting. Jane is welcoming, warm and hospitable. We took advantage of having a meal cooked for us one night, and it was outstanding. All round GREAT weekend. Will be doing it again and soon. 5
    SALLY BISHOP - Sep 5, 2018 (Stayed Aug 2018) Travelbug verified review
  • Hi Sally, Thank you for taking the time to write a review Regards Jane
    Haurata High Country Retreat
Haurata High Country Retreat
  • Amazing place in New Zealand great accomodation and great hosts,the evening meal is of restaurant quality 5
    BLAIR JOHNSTONE - Apr 7, 2018 (Stayed Mar 2018) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for returning the charger.
    Haurata High Country Retreat
Haurata High Country Retreat
  • Unique place. great food. Gorgeous rural highlands with outstanding walking tracks. Wonderful host. 5
    SARAH FELT - Jan 11, 2018 (Stayed Jan 2018) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you Sarah
    Haurata High Country Retreat
Haurata High Country Retreat
  • We loved our stay. very peaceful high country views. lots of cute lambs around. very secluded 5
    HAZEL YANG - Jan 4, 2018 (Stayed Dec 2017) Travelbug verified review
  • Thank you Hazel
    Haurata High Country Retreat
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

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