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A peaceful, eco-friendly, 'off the grid', luxurious and private accommodation situated in the tranquil region of Otago, New Zealand. Just 45 minutes from Dunedin city, in the rolling hills of South Otago, Cascade Creek Retreat is the only Qualmark rated 5 Star Gold holiday home in NZ.
A true "retreat"
Exclusively yours during your stay, you will enjoy a true “Retreat” without the distractions of technology – no cellphone coverage, internet or television, and powered completely by solar and hydro power. With an awe-inspiring 180° view of native bush, an easy step outside your private log cabin will immediately take you onto an adjacent track, past beautiful cascading creeks, through native bush and across farm land. Witness the beauty of New Zealand birds such as Bellbirds, Tuis and Wood Pigeons feeding from the trees just metres from your front door, or lie in front of the large open fire and immerse yourself in a book, completely undisturbed.
Stay & Dine
Cascade Creek Retreat offers two catering packages should you wish to have someone else do the cooking. Choose from the delicious Gourmet self-prepare gourmet meal options (including main, side, dessert and wine) to enhance the privacy and serenity of the Retreat; or truly indulge with your own personalised Chef who will arrive and cook a homestyle gourmet 3 course meal in your own log cabin for the night! A continental breakfast is also provided when booking the ‘Stay and Dine’ package.
The Catlins and Southland
On the south coast of the South Island, well off the tourist trail on the slow road from Dunedin to Invercargill, is the Catlins.
The mighty Southern Ocean pounds wild and deserted beaches and the opportunity to see wildlife at close quarters is one of the highlights of a visit to the Catlins.
As the morning begins to break, the shy and very rare yellow-eyed penguins start to leave their burrows and cautiously make their way across the sand until they can dive into the breakers and head out to their feeding grounds.
Nearby at Cannibal Bay you can walk along the beach almost within touching distance of the magnificent Hooker’s sea lions as they lounge in the sun and roll in the sand.
The sea lions are quite relaxed to be in the company of humans, and to be so close to such powerful wild animals is a genuine privilege.
Away from the coast the Catlins is very much a landscape of old and new. Lush rolling farmland meets dense native forest through which beautiful waterfalls cascade. Today’s homes and farms stand beside the middens of ancient Maori explorers, the first to visit this isolated place