Boutique Barnstay – Staveley, South Island, NZ

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Rata Escape is a boutique holiday destination nestled in a native bush garden under striking Mount Somers. It is located by the foothills village of Staveley, Mid Canterbury, 20mins from Methven and a little over an hours drive southwest of Christchurch. 

We have two accommodation options within the grounds which can be booked separately or as a whole .... Rata Lodge and Rata Cottage.

Rata Lodge is a cosy barnstyle house with a logburner and stunning views from the patio offering relaxed outdoor living.

Newly built Rata Cottage offers a light and airy private space with an amazing view from its corner of the garden.

Rata Escape is located on the edge of the Canterbury Plains amongst good farmland and close to small country towns. It is within close reach of expansive high country and mountains for hiking and biking, pristine fishing rivers, lakes, ski fields and golf courses making it an outdoor paradise. 

Within close walking distance (1km) is the locally famous Staveley Store and Cafe serving great food and coffee, and selling local produce including wine. The nearby Staveley Museum has wonderful displays reflecting the history of this small community with an extensive section explaining the unique geology of the area.  

Rata Lodge


Rata Cottage


  • Lodge - 2 large upstairs bedrooms, full cooking facilities, large living area, logburner 
  • Cottage - 1 bedroom/studio with ensuite, some cooking facilities (MW, jug toaster)
  • Total 6 beds 
  • Sleeps - max 9 people  
  • 2 bathrooms plus extra toilet  
  • Kids ok 
  • No Pets 
  • No smoking

Make Rata Escape the centre for your backcountry adventure!

Choice of packages

Rata Lodge barnstay:

$160 per night for 2 people
$30 per night for each additional person

Rata Cottage:

$130 per night for up to 2 people
$30 for an additional person

Single night surcharge $10 pp

10% discount for bookings of 5+ nights

Fully catered barnstay:

(including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and morning and afternoon teas )
$150 per day per person

Guided activities:

$340 per group per day with transport provided (max group size - 6 people)

Creative workshops:

$340 day / $170 half day per group

Transport only:

An option for drop-offs for walking tracks or biking can be quoted on request.


Rata Lodge:
  • Barbecue – Gas
  • Bikes and helmets (x 6 )
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Easy access 
  • Electric blankets
  • Fridge
  • Full cooking facilities
  • Games
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Linen provided
  • Log burner
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Washing machine
Rata Cottage:
  • Bikes and helmets
  • Crockery, cutlery etc
  • Electric Kettle
  • Ensuite 
  • Fridge
  • Heat pump
  • Linen provided
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Spark and Vodafone
  • Toaster
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

Bedroom Three

(separate cottage)

  • 1 x Queen bed
  • 1 x king-single (pullout futon sofa)
  • ensuite

Bedroom Two

(Lodge upstairs)

  • 1 x Queen bed
  • 1 x Single

Bedroom One

(Lodge upstairs)

  • 1 x Queen bed
  • 1 x Single

Extras: Cleaning FREE (included); Linen FREE (included); Six Mountain Bikes FREE (included)