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Clouston House Bed and Breakfast
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"The crystal clear waters of the Akatarawa River wind their way through our property, creating an ideal ambience for peaceful reflection. "

Our Location

We are located in the picturesque Akatarawa Valley, one of the Wellington Region’s best rural treasures. The crystal clear waters of the Akatarawa River wind their way through our property, creating an ideal ambience for peaceful reflection. If you pause for long enough you may just see a trout lounging around in one of the deeper pools.

Clouston House, tranquil surroundings
Clouston House is set on a 10 acre farmlet

Clouston House is set on a 10 acre farmlet which we share with Harriet’s horse, a small flock of sheep, hens and a large number of wild but embarrassingly tame ducks!! A wide variety of birds visit the property including tuis, bellbirds, kererus, paradise ducks, fantails, rosellas, moreporks, a number of birds of prey and the occasional heron and kingfisher. Eels and trout may be seen in the river and glow worms can be seen a short walk away.

The garden includes a mix of native and introduced plants. Our mature flaxes are a particular attraction for the native birds. The acidic river soils mean that rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas and daphnes all thrive. Harriet's English heritage mean that dahlias, roses, tulips, daffodils, lilies, gladioli all bloom as the seasons progress. Joe's passion for goldfish, frogs and water lilies means that the garden includes a large pond providing a restful and shady spot for our guests to enjoy.

Clouston House, Fish Pond, water lillies
A large pond filled with goldfish, frogs and beautiful water lillies.

You are welcome to explore the full extent of our property at your leisure and to help with any daily livestock routines.

Included below are a number of local attractions. To make your stay as pleasurable as possible we have also prepared a number of suggested daily itineraries which are available in the rooms or can be emailed in advance. The itineraries include many of our personal favourites and include a minimal driving day, day walk and picnic, shopping day, day at the beach, golfer’s day out, wine lover’s trip, cultural or botanical day out. If you let us know your particular interests we will gladly put a personalised itinerary together.

Akatarawa Valley

There are a number of local attractions within Akatarawa Valley. Most notably we are located within a short walk of Efil Doog, a Garden of Regional Significance. Our guests receive complimentary access to these beautiful gardens which have been designed with imagination and humour. View rare and unusual trees, shrubs and perennials. Particularly noted for its vast collection of rhododendrons. Acquaint yourself with many rare and famous 19th century New Zealand painters in the cool light of the purpose built gallery.

See this beautiful garden and enjoy the art and facilities.
Efil Doog sculpture garden and fine art gallery

Within a 5 minute drive is Staglands, a wildlife reserve and café. Staglands spreads over 10 hectares featuring streams, ponds, hills and gullies. Particular highlights are the keas (a native high country parrot), kakas (a rare North Island bird), and blue ducks as well as the kune kune pigs and Auckland Island pigs. After a stroll around the reserve enjoy a well earned coffee or some lunch at the café.

Staglands wildlife reserve
Staglands wildlife reserve. Photos by Connor Chubb (left)and Kevin McGraughren (right)

Access to the scenic Karapoti Valley and Akatarawa Forest is within a 10 minute drive. This is a popular area for trail and mountain bikers, trekkers, and bush walkers. The junction of the Karapoti and Akatarawa Rivers is a great starting point for kayaking, rafting and trout fishing. The area provides good hunting and tramping in rugged terrain.

Other local attractions within the Akatarawa Valley include Cottage Hill Herb Farm, Bluebank Blueberry and Emu Farm and the Blueberry Farm and Bakehouse.

Upper Hutt

Te Marua Golf Club, a challenging golf course with visitors welcome.

The Short Straw Café, the Wellington Region's first café to be built from straw bales, located in the rural splendour of Whiteman’s Valley.

Kaitoke Regional Park, 2000 hectares of rain forest with excellent picnic and barbeque facilities. A number of walkways through podocarp and beech forest, rafting, kayaking and tubing.

Rimutaka Incline Track, a 16km old railway incline takes you through native and exotic forest, historic tunnels, bridges and rail yards. Popular with walkers and mountain bikers alike.

Canon Point Walk, 2 hour walk through regenerating scrub and beech forest with panoramic views of the Hutt Valley.

Ecclesfield Reserve, various walks through 5 hectare bird and nature reserve.

Hutt River Trail, an easy terrain scenic riverside walk linking Upper Hutt to the sea.

Rimutaka Trig Walk, a 45 minute return walk to the trig point through sub-alpine plants.

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