Tucked away in a quiet corner of the Hurunui is Greta Valley…a relaxed farming community where you can really get away from it all.
The turn off is well signposted from State Highway One and the road winds its way down to the coastal settlement of Motunau Beach. You can’t help but relax here.
There are plenty of holiday homes to rent and a camping ground to stay in. This is a rugged coastline that beckons fishermen (and fisher women) with the much sought after blue cod among the fish on offer. Surfcasting from the beach is particularly popular. For divers, there are plenty crayfish though it’s not a spot for novices.
The flat-topped Motunau Island sits offshore. Once a whaling station, it is now a nature reserve. It has a breeding colony of 5,000 little blue penguins which are a threatened species. There are also white faced storm petrels, fairy prions, oystercatchers and white fronted terns, along with three species of lizard. Visiting is illegal though – unless you obtain a permit.
Back up the road, Greta Valley’s green rolling hills are home to many farms and a school, church and library service. The settlement was established in the 1970s and the area was home to a 10,000-acre sheep farm in the late 19th century.
You can see a slice of this history at Tipapa – a Woolshed that was built in 1890 and has been meticulously restored. The property today has 500 acres – some of it is park like and you can stay over in the luxurious Tipapa Homestead.
There are a number of golf courses in the area too – one on Horsley Downs Road in Hawarden and another inland at the settlement of Scargill – a 9 hole, tree-lined golf course in a pretty valley.
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Te Awa Roa Bed and Breakfast Featured
Address: 14 Valley Road, Greta Valley, 7387
Vince and Mandy welcome you to their home. Te Awa Roa Bed and Breakfast is situated in Greta Valley village off State Highway 1 at the top end of the Waipara wine region, one hours drive from Christchurch, Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura and only 10 minutes ...
The Woolshed at Tipapa
Fax: +64 3 314 3586
Address: 40 Motunau Beach Road, Greta Valley, 7387
Cradled in the rolling hills of North Canterbury is Tipapa, an oasis of privacy surrounded by 500 acres of its own land and parklike grounds. The estate was once part of a 10,000-acre sheep station established in the grand manner of the times by William ...
Greta Bar & Cafe
Address: 9 Tavern Drive, Greta Valley
The Greta Bar & Cafe is a fully licensed and popular local favourite in Greta Valley. With a fully licensed bar you can even enjoy a nice cold beer with your friends, or simply just relaxing in our Cafe. Come in for a visit, bring you ...
Scargill Golf Club
Scargill Golf Club welcomes visitors. The course is located in the Scargill Valley, only 1 hour from Christchurch and 4 km from SH 1 at Greta Valley. Only 20 minutes from Motunau Beach. Green fees: $15
Legacy Fishing Charters
Fax: +64 3 314 3757
Address: 11 Campbell Terrace, Motunau Beach
Fishing trips off the North Canterbury coast with experienced and qualified skipper on the 10m fishing vessel "Legacy".
Saffron Valley NZ Ltd
Address: Greta Valley, 7387
By appointment only.
Did you know ...
Charles Upham is probably New Zealand's most famous soldier. His actions during the Second World War led to him becoming one of only three people (and the only combat soldier) to have won the Victoria Cross twice.