in the heart of The Catlins
Located at the top of Table Hill, 400m above sea level in the heart of The Catlins, Beresford Heights offers boutique accommodation with breath-taking views. This romantic retreat is an off the grid get-away for couples craving a luxurious peaceful escape from their busy lifestyles, in a private magical hideaway.
Beresford Heights is a fully self-contained boutique lodge capable of sleeping up to four people with a king size bed and sofa bed available. There is a comfortable seating area for relaxing, reading or taking in the panoramic views as well as a full kitchen with all of your basics including: pots, pans, dishes, cutlery, refrigerator, oil, salt and pepper, plus an outdoor barbecue grill. Your bathroom supplies include: towels, soap, shampoo and hairdryer.
A continental breakfast is provided. For dinner, self-cater or treat yourself to a Beresford Bundle full of local delicacies to cook yourself, accompanied by homemade salads and dessert, delivered to your door. There is a great deck running the length of the lodge which features a lovely hot tub and sweeping panoramic view.
Please note, The nearest grocery store is 20mins drive away in Owaka, the premises is smoke free and pets not allowed. Check in is from 3 pm till 8 pm and check out is by 10 am.
What to expect
Getting to Beresford Heights is half the fun. You'll drive through The Catlins to our property at 361 Puketiro Road, Owaka, where you'll be greeted by your hosts, Stephanie and Warren Burgess.
From here, we assist you to transfer your belongings to our 4WD transport - a covered, comfortable All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) - then embark on an off-road journey across our working farm to the summit of Table Hill where your cosy lodge awaits. This trip can be bumpy, so if guests have any health issues, please advise your hosts.
Look out for sheep, goats, horses and wildlife as we wind our way to the top of the mountain.
Once there, relax and unwind. Enjoy cooking in the equipped kitchen or if preferred, you can request through prior arrangement a catered stay.
Enjoy Your Stay
The highlight of a stay at Beresford Heights is to trade your busy lifestyle for an opportunity to relax in a private magical hideaway. For the more adventurous, you can also enjoy scenic walks through the native bush, parts of the Matai Falls Rail Trail or take a short drive to nearby waterfalls and beaches.
If being pampered is more your style, our local massage therapist can help you to relax those tired muscles with a massage within the privacy of your lodge. Then rejuvenate in the hot tub while overlooking stunning views of The Catlins and Cannibal Bay.
For those wishing to gain a glimpse of traditional kiwi farming, take one of our farm tours or watch a working dog demonstration. Guided hunting trips for fallow and red deer can be arranged for the more adventurous.
Meet your hosts
Beresford Heights was established by Warren and Stephanie Burgess, third generation farmers of this 1254 hectare property. The working farm has a heavy focus on Stud Simmental cattle: Beresford Simmentals.
The idea of creating this unique haven and sharing the tranquil landscape with world travellers has been a joint family project for the Burgess family.
Warren and Stephanie are both excited to meet different people from all over the world and welcome them to their piece of paradise.
Beresford Farms Environment & Sustainability Vision
Beresford Farms is 1254ha with 328ha remaining in native bush. We are very passionate about the welfare of our livestock, providing them with fresh pastures, quality drinking water, and adequate shelter. Our farm provides habitats that support biodiversity and protection for our native species.
We are working on reducing carbon emissions, moving towards a carbon neutral sheep and beef farm by 2050 or sooner.
We are currently fencing waterways, which is not an easy task given the topography of the land.
We are working with meat companies and fertiliser companies to establish ways that our native indigenous forests can be utilised to offset our carbon footprint.
We are an Asure Quality certified farm.
We are motivated to ensure Beresford Farms is a sustainable business for the future.
What People Say
“Amazing views in a slice of Kiwi farmland with total privacy. Stylish accommodation with thoughtful personal touches. The log burner and hot tub were personal favourites. Wonderful place to unwind and appreciate our beautiful scenery. The hosts are extremely friendly with great local knowledge. The all terrain vehicle ride was an unexpected thrill. Thanks Steph and Warren for sharing your slice of paradise. Highly recommended as a break mid explore of the Catlin area.”