Foxdown Hut

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Foxdown Hut

Amberley, North Canterbury

Foxdown Hut is located in North Canterbury - approximately 35 minutes from the township of Amberley and an hour and 20 minutes from Christchurch city.

The hut is set right in the middle of the 1400 ha sheep and beef farm with stunning views of rolling farmland and livestock. On a clear day, you can see down into the Culverden basin and all the way to the inland Kaikouras. And if you're really lucky, you'll see a New Zealand Falcon gliding in the air in front of the hut... Foxdown is home to two pairs of these rare endemic birds.

Beautifully decorated, with every luxury considered, this hut is a combination of backcountry hut - and 5-star luxury. Completely off-the-grid, with a state-of-the-art solar system, a stay at Foxdown Hut is like escaping to the wilderness - while still enjoying all the comforts of modern life.

The property is a joy to explore - with plenty of walking options for guests who can tear themselves off the comfortable couch. A walk to the top of Mt Alexander will reward you with great views back across Pegasus Bay. Or you could check out your host Andy's native tree regeneration in 'Broadleaf Gully' and hunt down the 'vineyard' planted 140 years ago by his French, great-grandmother.

FROM $390 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.

Make sure you download or print this handy info sheet with directions and host contact details prior to your journey. You may not have mobile phone reception at all times.

host address

448 Foxdown Road, Scargill 7483


Foxdown Hut is set on 'Foxdown' in North Canterbury, 35 minutes from Amberley.

To get there, follow the Google Maps directions to 448 Foxdown Road.

'Foxdown' is at the very end of Foxdown Road where you will see the 'Foxdown' sign at the entrance to the property. Go over the cattle stop and carry on up the road past the woolshed on the right, a house on the left and past a big shed on your left that says 'Foxdown Est 1877'Carry on until you reach the cattle yards on your left and park opposite the cattle yards by the parking sign.

Once you've arrived, you'll need to call your host (either Kath or Andy Fox) and they will come and meet you. The phone number to call will be supplied to you in a pre-arrival email sent 5 days prior to your arrival.

The access to the hut is a 10-15 minute drive on a farm track from the cattle yards. Once at the hut, there is a good car park with plenty of space to turn around.

If you're nervous about driving on the farm track or have a vehicle that you would rather not get dirty, your hosts can offer you transfers up to the hut on the day of arrival and collect you on departure.

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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  • Eating and Drinking

    Foxdown Hut is self-catering. Just bring your own food, and cook meals using the BBQ and facilities provided in the hut 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, Black Estate in Waipara for lunch is a good option. The nearest dinner options are some way away so you're better to self-cater for dinner.

    If you need to stock up on supplies, there is a Countdown supermarket in Amberley (35 mins away), a Foursquare in Hawarden (20 minutes away) and a Foursquare in Cheviot (35 minutes away).

  • Things to do

    With boardgames, books and a luxurious hot tub provided - you'll find there is plenty to keep you entertained at the hut.

    The farm has walks of varying degrees of difficulty and keen mountain bikers are welcome to explore on wheels.

    If you're keen for a guided tour of the farm, Andy offers farm tours which include a tour of the Foxdown museum and classic car collection. And for a really special celebration, Andy can also offer convertible classic car transfers for a 3-hour return trip vineyard lunch at either Black Estate or Waipara Springs. 

    Both the farm tour and classic car lunch need to be pre-booked and are subject to his availability. Check out more under the 'Rates and Extras' button.

    A man of many hats, Andy is also a wedding celebrant! So Foxdown would make the perfect elopement destination.

    If you're keen to explore the surrounding area, Motunau beach is nearby and day trips to either Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura or Christchurch are also a doable option from the hut.

  • Your hosts

    Your hosts at Foxdown Farm are Andy and Kath Fox.

    The Foxes are the fifth generation fortunate enough to farm Foxdown, which was established in 1877 when it was carved off from Glenmark Estate. It's a 1400 ha sheep and beef farm.

    The Fox family has a strong heritage and the property itself is steeped in history - the sheep are still run through yards built from stone by Andy’s great grandfather more than a century ago. Andy also loves collecting artefacts (including his uniquely rural collection of different types of barbed wire!) as well as a number of classic cars.

    The Fox clan are proud to be farmers and proud of their stewardship of the land.  Andy and Kath see it as their duty to leave the land in a better state than when they took it over – a tradition that has been carried on for generations and with Andy’s grown-up sons George, James and Tim all pursuing agricultural careers it is a tradition that looks set to carry on well into the future. They hope that this tradition will be evident to you as you explore the farm.

    They recognise that they are privileged to have the opportunity to live and work in such a beautiful place and Foxdown Hut is seen by the family as a great opportunity to welcome visitors from town and overseas who perhaps haven’t had the chance to visit a working farm.

    Kath has a side hustle as a lawyer in Christchurch and Andy has for many years been involved in various off-farm activities holding a number of agricultural-related directorships. They are both looking forward to branching into something different with the opening of Foxdown Hut – which they hope will become a new tradition for Foxdown.

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