Annandale Luxury Villas

  • Location: Beach / Coast
    Pigeon Bay beach: In walking distance (1km)
    Christchurch with shops and restaurants: 75km (1h 15 mins by car)
    Akaroa with its picturesque bay for quirky shops: 20km (30 mins by car)
  • Christchurch Airport (CHC): 75km (1h 15 mins by car)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended
    Free parking

The outer villas (Shepherd's Cottage, Scrubby Bay and Seascape) are located 25-40 minutes from our reception area. Upon arrival at reception, we will transfer you to the villa in our 4wd vehicles via our scenic farm track. Arrival and departure transfers are included in the rate, along with transfers to Annandale-arranged activities. Additional transfers are charged at $150 return.

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An introduction to Annandale Luxury Villas

How would you describe Annandale in a nutshell?

Annandale is a coastal farm escape. Settled over a century ago, Annandale remains a working sheep and cattle farm in a stunning setting– right on the coast of the Banks Peninsula. In many ways, it is an escape to the authentic New Zealand farm life, with the addition of all the modern amenities and luxuries you would desire.

Annandale offers four private, luxury holiday villas with Kiwi-style informality. These villas are spread throughout the 7,000 acre farmland, including an ultra-modern romantic escape for couples in a private bay and a fully restored 19th century Homestead surrounded by gardens.

Annandale Scrubby Bay
Annandale Farm Headland
Scrubby Bay lounge and pool
Scrubby Bay bath- and bedroom
Annandale Seascape
Seascape bathroom and terrace
Shepherd’s Cottage
Shepherd’s Cottage bedroom
Annandale Homestead
Annandale Homestead

Annandale Luxury Villas rooms & rates

The centre piece of this historic farm is the restored 5-bedroom Annandale Homestead overlooking the ocean and surrounded by magnificent gardens, a restored fernery, infinity pool, spa pool and tennis court. The Annandale Homestead has been meticulously restored, providing every modern amenity for guests while they enjoy an atmosphere that is remarkably reminiscent of gracious, bygone days. The Homestead offers four master bedrooms and a separate bunk room. All boast individual bathrooms along with individual views of the garden, Pigeon Bay and Annandale farm.

Authentic, rustic and thoroughly charming, the historic Shepherd’s Cottage provides an inspiring rural retreat for two with uninterrupted views of the vast farmland and the sparkling ocean in the distance. Sit on the porch of Shepherds Cottage, and an uninterrupted vista unfolds.

By day, the occasional bleating of sheep and the wooden stockyard fences across the paddock remind guests that this was a genuine working shepherd’s cottage, built and used by the Annandale shepherds for over a hundred years. At night, nothing but bird song and the brightest of stars.

The Seascape is the sparkling jewel in Annandale’s crown set within a picturesque private bay, above which an ultra-modern retreat provides a truly romantic experience for couples. Lounge in a bath overlooking the ocean, or in your hot pool on the balcony with your outdoor fireplace. The ever-changing ocean rifts through rounded rocks and pebbles on the shoreline and the sun ignites a thousand lights across the water. Seclusion at its very best.

And finally Scrubby Bay, which is located in another private bay. This luxurious cedar-clad beach house makes a magical and completely private setting for a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of family and friendship featuring its own private heated lap pool and Jacuzzi.With the ocean tumbling onto the shoreline just meters from the deck and seagulls wheeling above the rocky cliffs, guests might well imagine days gone by when sailing ships and whaling boats would sail past their private bay. The finest in contemporary amenities and architectural design make Scrubby Bay the ultimate getaway for up to three families.

  • Homestead for 12 people / 557 m²
    6995 / night
    • 4 Double bedrooms
    • 1 Bunk room
    • 3 Bathrooms (ensuite)
    • 2 Shower rooms (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • Terrace
    • Balcony
    • Fireplace
    • Air conditioning

    Enjoy the casual elegance of a bygone era. Built in the 1880s, the Annandale Homestead has been lovingly restored to create a luxurious five-bedroom home in a private and tranquil setting. Comfortable rooms, shaded verandahs, vast gardens and exclusive use of our outdoor leisure facilities make the house a great place to make your own for relaxation and exploration.

    There are four master bedrooms, three come with an en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower and bath tub and one comes with a walk-in shower. One of the rooms can also be arranged as a twin room. The fifth bedroom comes with two bunk beds and a double bed, sleeping a total of 6 people. The room has a secret staircase leads down to the kitchen via the butler’s pantry and there’s an en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower.

    Key Features: Heated swimming pool and spa pool, flood-lit tennis court, exercise gym, extensive gardens, expansive deck with BBQ, wireless internet access, digital television, fully equipped gourmet kitchen, laundry facilities, five ensuite bathrooms, and access to a private helipad.

  • Shepherd’s Cottage for 2 people / 92 m²
    1495 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Fireplace

    Indulge in a simpler way of life at Annandale’s Shepherd’s Cottage. Set high on the hill, with an uninterrupted view of the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean and the snowy peaks of the Kaikoura Ranges in the far distance, this charming and secluded rural retreat - previously only enjoyed by generations of Annandale shepherds - makes a perfect romantic getaway. Relax in the outside bathtub at the end of the day and snuggle up on the sheepskins in front of the open fire, before heading upstairs to the warm bedroom under the eaves. The isolation and historic ambiance of this unique location will inspire you.

    Key Features: Outdoor bathtub with extensive ocean and farm views, outdoor BBQ, wireless hotspot, fully equipped kitchen, and access to a private helipad.

  • Scrubby Bay for 6 people / 448 m²
    6595 / night
    • 3 Double bedrooms
    • 1 Bunk room
    • 3 Bathrooms (ensuite)
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • Terrace
    • Fireplace
    • Sea view

    Warmly embraced by the surrounding hills, Annandale’s Scrubby Bay is a magical and completely private setting for up to 14 guests. This is the perfect location for a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of family and friendship. In this amazing and isolated location, it would be easy to imagine yourself one of the early pioneers but for the modern comforts to be found in the luxurious cedar-clad beach house. Whether you are marking a special occasion or just taking a break from the hectic pace of life, you will leave Scrubby Bay with a fresh perspective and a warmer heart.

    There are three en-suite king-size bedrooms, all facing the ocean. The bathrooms come with a walk-in shower and a freestanding bath tub. The fourth bedroom comes with four bunk beds in each corner of the room and a bathroom with walk-in shower. The room offers view of the private pool.

    Key Features: Heated swimming pool and spa pool, expansive deck areas, WiFi access, digital television, fully equipped gourmet kitchen, laundry facilities, and access to a private helipad.

  • Seascape for 2 people / 176 m²
    3785 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Sea view

    Seascape is the sparkling jewel in Annandale’s crown: a picturesque private bay, above which an ultra-modern, award-winning retreat provides a truly romantic experience. This awe-inspiring setting offers couples the chance to make memories around the clock. It appears you are floating on the open sea, in thrall to its ever-changing moods, yet safely embraced by luxury and modern comforts. Outside, dolphins and seals often frolic in the glittering water, with only you and the tussock grass to witness them.

    There is only one bedroom with a super-king bed, perfect for a couple's getaway.

    Key Features: Outdoor lounge with a fireplace and spa pool, private bay ocean views, wireless internet access, digital television, fully equipped kitchen, indoor heated floors and fireplace for all season comfort, and access to a private helipad.

Included in the rates
Rates include: Welcome produce basket, self-catering concept for dinner and breakfast (additional fees apply for groups of 9 or more) daily villa servicing, mountain bikes, farm transfers (if applicable).
Optional extras
Additional services (charges apply): Catering, personal chef services, personal trainer, beauty/massage therapists, farm tours, nature cruises and other activity options, laundry service, airport transfers (either car or helicopter).
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. At Shepherd’s Cottage and Seascape only babies under 1 year are allowed. There is no space for extra beds.
Minimum stay
2 nights
Check in time
after 14:00
Check out time
before 10:00
Closed July 1st- Aug 31st

Facilities & services

  • Maid service
  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • Concierge service
  • WiFi
  • Terrace
  • Washing machine
  • TV
  • Garden
  • Room service
  • Whirlpool/Plunge pool
  • Gym
  • BBQ area
  • Bicycles

Different than most lodges in New Zealand, Annandale is a villa collection so you have the privacy of your own villa. All dining is done within your villa.These meals can be served by our chef or simply left in your villa with final instructions to be eaten at your leisure.

We offer activities ranging from farm tours, mountain biking and hiking, nature cruises on our boat to see Hectors dolphins, to cooking classes and spa services.

The feedback from guests is incredibly positive, with most guests wanting to stay longer – they love the privacy and outstanding natural beauty, as well as the authentic farm experience giving them a taste of the real New Zealand and the delicious farm-to-table cuisine.

Things to do in Canterbury & Pigeon Bay

  • Cooking classes
  • Wildlife / Animals
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Yoga classes
  • Tennis
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing

There are so many activities on offer and our most popular activity is the farm tour, as it gives guests a chance to get a feel for the farm, meet the farmer and possibly see his dogs in action rounding up the sheep. This is the essence of what Annandale is.

We also have our own boat and offer nature cruises to go out and take in the scenery while looking for Hector’s dolphins, blue seals and other wildlife. Fishing charters can also be arranged. Additionally, the water is a great playground for kayaking and we can help arrange a guided kayak tour.

Other activities include; cooking classes, spa services in the villa and art classes for all ages. We also arrange helicopter tours from Annandale – to visit the nearby Waipara wineries, go on a fly fishing excursion or to explore the Southern Alps.

The location of Annandale Luxury Villas

The hour-long drive from Christchurch out to Annandale takes the traveler through distinctively rugged countryside that features eroded volcanic craters. The distinctive rock spines and outcrops set against the seasonally green and gold pastures plunging steeply into the amazingly turquoise waters of the Peninsula bays are what set the area apart from the rest of the Canterbury Plains.

The charm of the Banks Peninsula also lies in the fact that, despite being the focus of the earliest European settlement and having the continued development of Christchurch just ‘over the hills’, the land and its owners have managed to retain a strongly enigmatic individuality.

Mark Palmer, the owner says: ‘I find the South Island spectacularly beautiful and fell in love with Pigeon Bay which is a wonderful untouched and sleepy little Bay which reminds me so much of the New Zealand as it was fifty years ago – with summers where kids are jumping off the jetty and a classic holiday campground. There is no store and the small community is friendly and really cares for each other. When Jacqui and I purchased Annandale in 2005 we quickly were accepted as locals and love to visit as often as we can.’

When is the best time to visit Canterbury?

Honestly, there is not a bad time to travel to New Zealand and Annandale! New Zealand’s summer (December-February) is peak tourist season, the busiest time of the year. It is nice and warm with long days to go adventuring – hiking, swimming, exploring Annandale’s waters on boat or kayak, biking through the hills, etc. My personal favorite times to go to New Zealand and Annandale specifically are the shoulder seasons – New Zealand’s fall and spring when it is a little cooler although still incredibly pleasant and quieter with less tourists overall than the busy season. Perfect weather for hiking and outdoor activities as the air is crisp and cool.

Many people don’t think to travel during New Zealand’s winter (Jun-August), and although a different experience, it can be amazing as well! Many people come to New Zealand to ski down the slopes and enjoy the hot springs, this is the ideal season for that. At Annandale, you can cozy up by a fireplace with the person you love, savour delicious farm-to-table cuisine, relax with an afternoon massage after enjoying a leisurely hike across the farmland, and top off the day in the Jacuzzi pool with a breathtaking view.