Karaka, host to the 2019 Karaka National Yearling Sale, is essentially a quaint rural town located a half hour drive away to the south of Auckland is a must visit for anyone looking for a country lifestyle stay.
Full of serene locations, you will find the climate here as welcoming as its residents. Karaka is renowned for its yearling sales of thoroughbred horse studs, do make it a point to spend a day in one of the farms and spend some time with these majestic lovelies. You will find a few restaurants around the area serving local delicacies and speaking of must-do things, make sure you visit the “Spookers”, ask for it, ask about it’s history, it’s worth your time.
Karaka provides quite an interesting mix of hotel options several options from budget hostels to luxury estates.
If it is a 5 star hotel that you are looking for, then you will find them in abundance just 30 minutes away in Aukland. However, if you are looking to experience Karaka and its local life, here are a few of our picks.
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Karaka Country Life Luxury Modern Premium Vacation Home with Sparking Pool
Yes. That is the name of this place. Although let me assure you that except the name, literally everything else about this house is extremely creative and sheer beauty.
Loaded with a fully equipped kitchen, air conditioning, 3 bathrooms, exquisitely done subtle and stylish interiors and a breathtaking view of the farmland and the water body close by this place screams luxury.
Once the sales are done, you can spend your mornings soaking in the rural life watching farm animals run around in the nearby farms or just laze around by the pool in the afternoon and have an evening of exclusive wine in the lounge area. This place is a must visit.
Located right in the centre, Bycroft Lodge comes with 2 rooms, each room comes with an underfloor heating, a refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities and en suite bathroom.
It is surrounded by farmland with Alpacas and Shetland ponies that you can also pet and plat with. Bycroft Lodge is also very close to the Pukekohe Golf Club.