Kavanagh House B&B in Winchester New Zealand
Kavanagh House B&B Winchester South Canterbury New Zealand Boutique Lodge Hotel Bed and Breakfast Lodgings Accommodations

Hosts: David and Michelle Beer

Bedrooms: 3

Address: State Highway One, Winchester, South Canterbury, New Zealand 8750

Telephone: 03-615 6150

Fax: 03-615 9694

Activities/Attractions: South Canterbury is rich in cultural and historical places to visit, with no less than 3 Heritage Trails, 300 historical Maori rock art sites and several early settler museums.

View the unique 1929 Spartan Biplane at the Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum, or see relics of early aviation by inventor Richard Pearse (reputed to have been airborne nine months before the Wright Brothers) in the Pleasant Point Railway Museum.

The region is ideal for exploring Mount Hutt, Mount Cook and the Waitaki Lakes, where "Vertical Limit" and "Lord of the Rings" were shot. Find Visitor Information Centres in Timaru, Geraldine and Temuka, or contact Central South Island Tourism. South Canterbury has something for everyone:

  • Rainbow & brown trout and salmon are in abundance, and it is one of the best places in the world for fly-fishing
  • The area has more golf courses per capita than anywhere else in New Zealand
  • There's local horse riding and hunting
  • You can be picked up at the front door to go white water rafting at Rangatata

See the Artisan Gallery and Forge, the Temuka Pottery, and The Tin Shed, as well as the wonders at Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum. View the amazing Maori rock art, and take in the local winery, Opihi Vineyard. Let the staff of our boutique lodge book your activities for your arrival.

"We were back in New Zealand a couple of months ago and really enjoyed going to Kavanagh House. The place was picture perfect and the food was fantastic. The accommodation is to die for. Also I was surprised by the first comment as the food was very quick. The service was also first class. I tell everyone who is travelling on state highway one to go there. Fantastic."

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Kavanagh House Entrance

Kavanagh House Suite

Kavanagh House Bedroom

Kavanagh House Bedroom 2

Kavanagh House River

"We were married here, it's a great location for a restaurant. Great food and atmosphere."

"My husband took me for a treat and it was just wonderful. Had a ball what a lovely place."

General Information: Located in South Canterbury, New Zealand and offering luxury accommodation, Kavanagh House in Winchester is a splendid two-story manor built in neo-Tudor style in 1907. Our boutique lodge's renowned gourmet restaurant serves quality café style food during the day and a la carte in the evenings. The food is best described as country cuisine with flair, authentically New Zealand meals with a hint of the South Pacific.

Kavanagh House provides accommodation for the discerning traveller. A wonderfully romantic setting with opulent en suite bedrooms with private verandas overlooking the rose garden, pastureland and the mountains. All rooms have CD players in the room, and TV's on request.

  • The "Rococo" room has hand painted ornate plaster ceilings, claw bath, polished wooden floors and Queen size bed
  • The "New York" room boasts a spa bath, double shower, four poster king size bed and a fire place with lounging area
  • The "Van Cleef" room has rich dark chocolate walls, a luscious settee, hand painted rose ceiling and a magnificent king sized cream padded sleigh bed

Payment Accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Diners.

Rates: (Prices quoted in NZ Dollars)


"A friend of mine recommended a luxury lodge in South Canterbury to me called Kavanagh House. I had never heard of it before and checked it out on the web and was quite impressed with what the establishment offered and the content of their site. Having business dealings in Christchurch, Timaru and Dunedin it looked like a perfect pit stop for me. So I decided to stop in and have a taste test and a drink on my way back to Christchurch from a business trip to Dunedin. I was very impressed with the standard of service and the choice of menu. I found the service to be prompt and my food to be divine. I must admit that I am tempted to return and have an intimate weekend with my partner."

"The food was fantastic. The service was really great and the ambience was just so good. The accommodation rooms looked absolutely spectacular and if I had a man I'd be there!!!! Great spot between Christchurch and Dunedin. A romantics delight!"