Onuku

In late 1980 – a time when Diana Ross topped NZ’s single charts with “Upside Down” – sheep farmer Jeff’s girlfriend Clare returned home to California for good. 

Speaking of upside down, Jeff was devastated by his sudden loneliness, so he pulled up at the local backpackers and asked if anybody wanted to give him company on his farm – which didn’t sound as dodgy then as it does now. A girl named Almuth and an English couple said "why not?", fell in love with the place and ended up staying several months. Jeff decided to trade 'sheep' for 'sheet' and the rest is history. 

Today, Onuku Farm Hostel still caters for the traditional backpacker – with accommodation ranging from tent and van sites to private and dorm rooms to huts and stargazers. Located on the edge of the Pacific on Banks Peninsula with the next-door neighbours being Antarctica's penguins, Onuku Farm Hostel is the perfect spot to unwind and explore nature – be it on a family-operated dolphin swimming or kayaking trip or one of many breathtaking coastal walks.

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The old farmhouse is the heart of Onuku Farm Hostel. 
Except for the peace sign that Jeff put on its roof to protest against the sinking of the "Rainbow Warrior", it hasn't changed much since the 1870s. The attached Brick Hut hosts the reception and regular potluck and board game nights. If your guitar skills exceed "Nothing else matters", you're also welcome to use it for a wee jam session. If you prefer it less crowded, chill out in a hammock or with the locals: our pet dogs, sheep, goose, duck, doves and chickens.

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Private double or twin bedroom with bedding

$34* pp

Mixed & Girls' Dorm

 5 bed mixed dorm with bedding
 6 bed girls' dorm with bedding and ensuite bathroom

$29*

Private double room with marvelous sea view (includes bedding)​
Kitchen and bathroom in separate purpose-built hut 
Double and single bed inside the room

$40 pp (​$80 for single occupancy, $100 for three persons)

 

Facilities & Info

Reception shop
Toilets
Hot showers
Washing machine
Free Wi-Fi 
Fully equipped kitchens
Common room with fireplace
Barbecue

Hostel open from October to end of April
Prices are per person per night
​*$4 discount for BBH members

We don't have five or six stars – we have the Milky Way. 
And our unique stargazers – wooden tents with see-through roofing – are how best to enjoy it. Together with 14 tent sites and our budget dorm "Tophut" they make up our campground that is located in a tranquil clearing amidst Kanuka trees. We proudly employ sheep labour to look after it, so all you have to do is make yourself at home and enjoy the great vibes.

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14 tent sites for medium-sized tents


$15 pp for one night
$12.5 pp for any following night

 7 bed budget mixed dorm
Bring your own sleeping bag




$19*

Wooden tent with see-through roofing
Sleeps two
Bring your own sleeping bag


$20 pp (​$40 for single occupancy)

Facilities & Info

Toilets
Hot outdoor showers
Washing machine 
Free Wi-Fi 
Fully equipped kitchens
Common room with fireplace
Barbecue

Campground open from November to end of March
Prices are per person per night

*$4 discount for BBH members

Our van park is nothing short of camper van heaven. 
Sitting on a flat grassy area 200 metres above sea level, it will spoil you with the most stunning view into Akaroa Harbour that you can get without a pilot's license. In fact, it's so good we're often required to help start the engines of vans that refuse to leave.

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Unpowered Van Site

$15 pp for one night
$12.5 pp for any following night

Facilities & Info

Toilets
Hot shower
Washing machine 
Free Wi-Fi 
Kitchen with stoves and fridge (no utensils)
Common area
Barbecue
Slackline

Van Park open from October to end of April
Prices are per person per night

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With 260 hectares of farm land, there's heaps to explore:
Climb the "Ridge" – the highest lookout on the farm – for spectacular coastal views, catch Paua at the fishing spot or take a dip in the Pacific at the swimming beach. For the more adventurous, we rent out kayaks and operate our own swimming trip with Hector's dolphins – the smallest and rarest in the world. If you're not in a hurry to return to city life, why not walk the popular Banks Peninsula Track or our new Skytrack around the Akaroa Hills?

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Dolphin Swimming

 Swim with the smallest and rarest dolphins in the world
 Family-run business since 1995
 Morning trip with max of 6 people on the boat
 Wet suits and snorkelling gear are provided


$130 for non-hostel guests 
$110 for hostel guests


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Kayak Rental

Paddle alongside Hector's dolphins and explore the farm's spectacular volcanic coastline
Unguided sit-on-top kayak rental


$40 per person,
minimum of 2 people 

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 New venture: 5-7 hour walk along the Akaroa hills with superb views over the Harbour
One night Stargazer accommodation and pickup included
Walk returns to Akaroa

$50 per person (promotional price)

Visit the track's website

Banks Peninsula Track

35km walk along the dramatic coast of Banks Peninsula
 Beautiful hut accommodation included
 Chance for sea kayaking and penguin watching
 Track can be walked in 4 or 2 days


$160, 4 day walk on standby rate
$100, 2 day walk on standby rate 


Visit the track's website

Via SH75 from Christchurch, pass straight through Akaroa and follow "Onuku Farm Hostel" signage for 6km.
Latest check-in is 9pm.

Take the Akaroa Shuttle or French Connection from Christchurch.
Free pickup at 12.30pm from Akaroa on request.

Onuku Farm Hostel
89 Hamiltons Road
Akaroa 7520
New Zealand