Location / Nearby Bushy Park Homestead
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1906 Edwardian Country Homestead 25 minutes north off SH3 from Whanganui City. Home Stay Bed and breakfast next to predator free bird sanctuary in beautiful garden setting and bush walks with amazing hill top views of the country side and native bush. Five spacious bed rooms, bunk house and sites for motor homes and camping. Liquor Licence on site and available for functions, events and conferencing. A great break away from busy city living or a day trip, a walk in the bushy and enjoy the native bird life and see one of the largest Rata trees in New Zealand standing at 39.7m tall then finish off with a devonshire tea or lunch in the homestead.
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Top stop for lunch/morning tea
A fantastic array of native birds with many easy to moderate walking tracks. Great Devonshire tea and sandwiches professionally served in a beautiful drawing room by a period butler. Free to walk through the very impressive homestead. Place this at the top of your list if you are into grand Colonial culture and unspoiled native forest with some of the largest trees you will ever see in NZ. No effort to see Saddlebacks, pigeons, NI Robins and many other natives.
The best in the World
Bushy Park is far and away the best place we have ever visited anywhere in the world. From the moment we walked in and were greeted by the perfect host - Dale. He and his staff went out of there way to make us feel totally at home. The building is old but perfectly comfortable and beautifully maintained - a credit to the owners (it was given to Forest and Bird along with the 260+ acres of predator fenced native bush) and to Dale who owns nearly all of the beautiful furniture, glassware, vintage crockery and cutlery that we were privileged to use. From before we woke up until after we went to sleep we were pampered, and every wish was anticipated. We could not have been better looked after. The dinners Dale cooked were great, the fresh biscuits and cakes we were give were wonderful, and the breakfasts (included in the room rate) were perfect. All this was at a much lower cost than we would have paid for a bare motel in any of the bleating tourist towns in the country. And - it is in the centre of a bird sanctuary (free for anyone to enter at any time) where tieke (saddleback), hihi (stitch birds), tui, keruru, and the north island robin abound. Will we go again? Certainly, we have already booked! …
Dale, you and your Homestead rock! We loved relaxing in the peaceful, warm and cosy surroundings of Bushy Park, being looked after by you and your team for two wonderful days. The fact we were both gluten free (????) did not seem to phase you. Meals were top class. Loved spending time in the Wetland area and walking the bush tracks listening to the bird song. We’ll certainly be recommending Bushy Park to all our friends!
We have visited before and thought it couldn't get any better! But our latest visit to Bushy Park Homestead surpassed our expectations ! Although the weather was cold, the Homestead was warm throughout with a welcoming fire in the Billiard Room. We were looked after most wonderfully by Dale and all his staff, with cups of tea, cakes, delicious evening meals, and an ample breakfast. The six of us had a memorable experience, enjoying good company in elegant surroundings, walking within the fascinating sanctuary, and exploring Whanganui. Thank you!
An Excellent Place to Stay
This gracious historic homestead 24km from Whanganui offers guests a very good experience. Dale and his team are very welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. There are five bedrooms and several formal and informal spaces and period furniture adds to the atmosphere. The food is excellent and dinner offers the opportunity to chat with other guests. A wide range of drinks is available at very reasonable prices. Two nights stay are better than one as it will give you the opportunity to walk the tracks and admire the bush and the prolific bird life that flourishes inside the predator free fence. Hihi, robins, and saddlebacks are some of the many birds that you will see. The old stables provide an interesting look at aspects of the past. Highly recommended.