Waikonini Homestead in Peel Forest features barbecue facilities and guests have access to the tennis court in the village. Each accommodations at the bed and breakfast has mountain views, and guests can enjoy access to a terrace. The bed and breakfast offers both free WiFi and free private parking. Featuring a shared bathroom with a bath and a hairdryer, rooms at Waikonini Homestead also have a garden view and some also have views of Mt Peel. At the accommodations, each room is equipped with a seating area. A continental, gluten-free or vegetarian breakfast can be enjoyed in the breakfast area. Guests can enjoy various activities in the surroundings, including skiing, cycling and fishing. Ashburton is 26 mi from Waikonini Homestead.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.3 for a two-person trip.

Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.0)

Breakfast Info

Continental, Vegetarian, Halal, Gluten-free

Free Private Parking Available On Site


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Travel Sustainable Level 2
This property is making considerable investments and efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’ve worked with experts such as Travalyst and Sustainalize to create the Travel Sustainable program – making it easier for you to experience the world more sustainably.
Guest reviews


Value for money
Free WiFi
Low score for Geraldine
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See what guests loved the most:

  • Mark
    Beautiful old homestead with plenty of character and charm from the 1880s with a lovely host and her two dogs. Enjoyed our stay at Waikonini.
  • J
    New ZealandNew Zealand
    I loved Marys approach to her visitors, she was warm, and generous with her time . I felt so spoilt by her going the extra mile. I am greatfull for the much needed respite and will come again soon.
  • Mareen
    New ZealandNew Zealand
    Amazing place and host. Greeted with a friendly smile and cup of tea. We were made vert welcome.

Managed by Mary Casey

Company review score: 9.4Based on 150 reviews from 1 property
1 managed property

Company info

Greetings! My name is Mary Casey and I am the current owner and custodian of Waikonini Homestead! I am an energetic person who has worked in a caring role for all of my professional life. A well travelled world citizen, locally born and bred. Family focused, with an appreciation of cultural diversity and meeting people from all over the world. I have lived and worked overseas at different times during my life and have a broad-minded view of the world. I have interests in cooking, food, travel, home-decoration, sewing, gardening, simple-living, animals and friendships. I look forwd to making you feel welcome at Waikonini Homestead, be it for an afternoon visit, or for a full-week stay.

Neighborhood info

The home was built in 1882 of timber and with a corrugated iron roof for a Mr William Barker. The architect was a Mr J.P. Pritchett of Darlington, UK. The T-shaped house has a verandah and a high, vaulted roofline, typical of its period. William Barker was one of Peel Forest's well known residents. He was an orchardist / bee-keeper and his fruits were reputed across the south island of NZ. Mr Barker also founded the Mount Peel Floral and Horticultural Society. The gardens of Waikonini are majestic and hold the original charm that was bestowed by William Barker. Atlantis Pine, Tamanian Blackwood, Oak and other varieties of tree frame the gardens. Mt Peel's famous Himalayan Lillies are mixed with Rhododendrons, Primroses, Violets and Strawberries. Even the original Pear and Apple trees are fruit-bearing today, over one hundred and twenty years since they were first established.

Language Spoken


Area info

1 Restaurant On Site

  • Restaurant #1

    No additional info available

Amenities of Waikonini Homestead
Great facilities! Review score, 8.6

Most popular amenities
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Room service
  • Restaurant
  • Family rooms
  • Tea/Coffee Maker in All Rooms
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Towels/Sheets (extra fee)
  • Guest bathroom
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Toilet
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathtub
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Inner courtyard view
  • Landmark view
  • Mountain view
  • Garden view
  • View
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Sun deck
  • Barbecue
  • BBQ facilities
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Dining table
  • Cleaning products
  • Dryer
  • Kitchenware
  • Electric kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Room Amenities
  • Drying rack for clothing
  • Clothes rack
  • Ski storage
  • Cooking class
    Additional charge
  • Tour or class about local culture
  • Walking tours
  • Bar crawls
  • Temporary art galleries
  • Horseback riding
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Tennis court
Living Area
  • Dining area
  • Sofa
  • Sitting area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Satellite channels
Food & Drink
  • Coffee house on site
  • Fruit
    Additional charge
  • Wine/Champagne
    Additional charge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Kids' meals
    Additional charge
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Restaurant
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in the rooms and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Street parking
  • Accessible parking
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
  • Private check-in/out
  • Express check-in/out
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Books, DVDs or music for children
Cleaning Services
  • Daily housekeeping
    Additional charge
  • Suit press
    Additional charge
  • Ironing service
    Additional charge
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Security alarm
  • 24-hour security
  • Shuttle service
    Additional charge
  • Designated smoking area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Wake-up service
  • Hardwood or parquet floors
  • Heating
  • Private entrance
  • Packed lunches
  • Carpeted
  • Family rooms
  • Ironing facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
  • Wake-up service/Alarm clock
  • Room service
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
Languages Spoken
  • English

House rules

Waikonini Homestead takes special requests – add in the next step!


From 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in


From 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.


The entrance to the property is closed between 10:00 PM and 7:00 AM

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

No age restriction

There's no age requirement for check-in

Mastercard Visa UnionPay credit card Discover Cash Waikonini Homestead accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


Smoking is not allowed.

Quiet hours

Guests need be quiet between 10:00 PM and 7:00 AM.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print

Waikonini Homestead is a private home. Guests will be sharing facilities with the hosts.

Meals can be provided if requested day before arrival. For further information please contact the property in advance, using the contact details found on the booking confirmation.

Please contact the property prior to arrival if you expect to arrive before 14:00 or after 22:00.

Guests will be asked to provide covid vaccination passport on arrival.

In accordance with government guidelines to minimize transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property may request additional documentation from guests to validate identity, travel itinerary, and other relevant info on dates where such guidelines exist.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

Payment before arrival by bank transfer is required. The property will contact you after you book to provide instructions.

Please inform Waikonini Homestead of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

FAQs about Waikonini Homestead

  • The prices at Waikonini Homestead may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Waikonini Homestead is 11.2 miles from the center of Geraldine. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Waikonini Homestead has 1 restaurant:

    • Restaurant #1

  • Waikonini Homestead offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Skiing
    • Tennis court
    • Fishing
    • Horseback riding
    • Walking tours
    • Cooking class
    • Temporary art galleries
    • Tour or class about local culture
    • Bar crawls

  • Room options at Waikonini Homestead include:

    • Twin
    • Double
    • Chalet

  • Guests staying at Waikonini Homestead can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 9.1).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Continental
    • Vegetarian
    • Halal
    • Gluten-free

  • Check-in at Waikonini Homestead is from 4:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM.