~ Waterside, wildlife & conservation and a southern wild food twist ~
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Kaimata Retreat is a timber built boutique lodge on the Otago Peninsula offering sweeping water views spanning a 350 ha estuary diverse with coastal birds and wildlife.
View wetland shore and land birds from the retreat deck before taking the garden path to a private beach ... dig your toes into the sand ...
The Otago Peninsula is home to the world’s only mainland colony of the majestic northern Royal albatross. The area is a stronghold for the rare and private Yellow-eyed penguin, the rare Hooker’s sea lion and Little blue penguins.
~ Take pleasure in returning to Kaimata Retreat after a day on the Otago Peninsula visiting coastal landscapes, historic sites and wildlife ~
A fantastic destination for travelers, nature enthusiast, birders and walk tracks, your vacation holiday home, weekend getaway, special occasion, honeymoon, boutique wedding, corporate day retreat ... more »
Latest News ► We are very pleased to have earned the 2013 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor for the third consecutive year. Reviewed by travellers on the world's largest travel site which honours their top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide. May 2013
Cape Saunders was also called Kaimata by Māori people many years ago. Perhaps in reference to the Capes headland- mata, or the uncooked- mata, bountiful foods-kai, harvested from the South Pacific coastline. Today our foods are New Zealand focused, produced with the seasons and often gathered from the wild ... more »
"... this will be one of the most talked about New Zealand South Island lodges in 2010."
James 'Wilko' Wilkinson, Time Out magazine Sydney
"Penguins, sea lions... there's even an albatross colony on the Otago Peninsula, a haven for nature-lovers."
Ben Ross, The Independent Australasia & Pacific
amazing lodge hewn from local timbers that
is perched high above the bay"
Clark Mitchell & Clara Sedlak, Travel + Leisure Magazine, Australia
"This was a pristine environment where humans were minor players and where the wild animals were totally in control. We were simply viewers with a great respect for the true inhabitants of this lonely and wild beach."
Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald
New Zealand wildlife, water, eco-systems and conservation. How we live within our natural environment is important to Kaimata Retreat.
Betty's Bach is just next door! Owned and operated by Kaimata Retreat, the bach is authentic, charming and very kiwiana. A must holiday home for couples wanting independent self-contained and self-catering accommodation.