Cattle Flat Hut

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Cattle Flat Hut

Banks Peninsula

Cattle Flat Hut is set on Knockindale Farm, about one hour from Christchurch and 20 minutes from Akaroa on Banks Peninsula.

Small, but perfectly formed, this hut is a tiny house with serious style. A modern bathroom and kitchen, queen-bed and small lounge area are all contained within the hut. Up-to-the-minute decor and thoughtful touches fill the space.  A small wood-burner creates a cosy atmosphere during winter - with giant double-glazed windows connecting you to the outdoors. In summer, the deck extends the living space... with easy access out to a wood-fired hot tub.

Overlooking Pigeon Bay to the hills of North Canterbury, the view is breath-taking. Enjoy alfresco dining at sunset, and later, watch the changing light on the hills and the water from the warmth of your wood-burning tub.

Whether you're touring the South Island, or just wanting a brief city escape, Cattle Flat Hut is a romantic and luxurious stay, in a beautiful kiwi landscape.

FROM $290 p/n

  • Sleeps 2

A $50 Single Night Surcharge applies on top of the nightly rate when booking a single night. You will need to add this charge during the booking process. The calendar below will specify where one-night bookings are allowed.


Pigeon Bay Road, Pigeon Bay 7583


Cattle Flat Hut is located at Pigeon Bay on Banks Peninsula, just over one hour from Christchurch. The Google Maps instructions will get you to Pigeon Bay Road - then follow the written instructions below to find the campsite.

  • The farm gate to Cattle Flat Hut is a hard right 1.5km from the top of Pigeon Bay Rd, next to culvert mark number 37.
  • Follow the shingle track to the Hut leaving all gates as you find them.
  • The key to the hut is located in a lockbox at the back door, the code will be supplied to you in a pre-arrival email 5 days prior to your stay. 
  • Once you're settled in, your host, Dave will pop up to give you a quick run-down of the hut and how everything works.

A 4WD is ideal for driving on the shingle track to the hut but not essential. Most cars will be fine, and you may only have issues if your car is particularly low. If you are finding the track to rough for your car please park up and walk the rest of the track on foot. Please drive slowly and be respectful of livestock. The track is approximately 1.2km.

Note: If you have booked within 5 days and haven't received a pre-arrival email shortly after booking, please email us at [email protected].

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Find out more about our COVID-19 Cancellation Terms and Vaccination Policy here.

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Cattle Flat Hut is self-catering. Just bring your own food and drink, and cook meals using the facilities provided in your kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you want a break from cooking at any stage, The Duvauchelle Pub does a good meal at a fair price, and is just 10 minutes away. Akaroa is just a 20-minute drive away, and you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to cafes and restaurants there!

  • Things to do

    Cattle Flat Hut is all about relaxing and taking a moment to slow down and unwind. Eat, sleep and soak in the tub, while soaking up the views.

    If you want to explore the sights, Akaroa is a tourist hotspot and just a 20-minute drive away. You'll find shops, cafes and restaurants to enjoy. You'll also find activities such as kayaking and swimming with dolphins.

    If you're keen for some exercise, the Pigeon Bay Walkway is handy and features some spectacular views!

  • Your Host

    David McKellar and his working dogs 'Port', 'Grace', 'Tarn' and 'Fidget' are your hosts at Cattle Flat Hut. 

    The sheep and beef farm on Banks Peninsula is an old family farm with descendants settling in Pigeon Bay all the way back in the 1840s.

    David has lived on the property most of his life other than a brief period in Christchurch for school and sport - and 18 months working in Western Australia prior to coming back to the farm in 2009.

    David got the idea to offer glamping style accommodation on the farm from family friends at Lavericks Bay and loved the idea of sharing the peace and quiet and magical sea views with guests.

    Cattle Flat Hut is named for the paddock it rests in. 

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