The Mill House is situated at Waianakarua, a gorgeous sleepy little “distric” nestled between Herbert and the lovely seaside town Hampden. You can choose to travel via the coastal road from Oamaru to Kakanui or vice versa. Not far to drive to Moreaki and visit the boulders or the acclaimed/famed Fleurs seafood restaurant.
There is plenty to see by car in this area. The coastline is stunning. We saw seals on the shore and dolphins in the surf at Moeraki. The heritage precinct in Oamaru is worth a visit and Riverstone is 'interesting'. There are plenty of dining options. Next visit we intend walking in the Herbert forest (it was too wet this time) and exploring the Vanished World trail up to Duntroon.
Stayed here as a break in the journey home. Fantastic setting on a historic site, lovely gardens, the upkeep will be a busy job. Great riverside walk to the historic river bridge. The unit was clean and comfy although some of the fittings and fixtures are looking dated the site seems to be under continual improvement. Handy to Omaru being only 20 minutes north of the mill. I think we will book here again when we journey south again. Try the Blue Cod at the near by Hampden chip shop!
The hosts were good, the view good, the garden fantastic however the rooms were small and not separate enough for my liking. Breakfast was good however I did not like the cats in the breakfast / dining room area of the house when we had breakfast in the main house.
Its an isolated place but thats not a bad thing , you do get a bit of road noise and the odd train but this didn't worry us . Very comfortable and large bedroom room and a wonderful lounge to chill out in .Best free coffee I've ever had in a hotel yet . fresh milk , mineral water chocolate bar and peanuts all included (no extra charge ) . This place is heaven and ranks No 1 on my list of places I've stayed to date and same opinion of the place and the owner with the rest of my group .
The country scenery the beaches .We ate at a place called The Coast recommended by our host and where not disappointed. Herbert was very easy to get around . We enjoyed walking and lots of trails in and around Herbert.