A few words about us
John and Lesley are lucky enough to live at Blythcliffe, it is their private home. They love welcoming guests to share its special history and place in Akaroa. Built in 1857, Blythcliffe sits within its own private grounds and is listed as an Historic Place Category 1 with Heritage New Zealand, Pouhere Taonga. They’re very well-travelled around NZ and can offer some handy local travel knowledge should you need it.
If you’re looking for a unique accommodation experience in Akaroa that is a part of its historical past, to relax and make yourself at home in a beautiful old private, heritage house with antiques and character, Blythcliffe is the place for you.
Enjoy full access to our beautiful gardens, croquet lawn and petanque terrace. Take a walk in the Blythcliffe private forest, protected by a conservation order for many years and containing many spectacular examples of native trees, plants and birds. Feed our tame eels in the Balguerie Stream as it tumbles over its rocky bed. Or – just lie in the sun and enjoy the peace and privacy of the Blythcliffe grounds.