Rata Escape

Come and breathe in our beautiful backcountry, farm land and creative local people at Rural Adventure Tours and Accommodation! We are off the busy, beaten tourist track. Experience real NZ!

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About Rata Escape

The accommodation base of Rata lodge and cottage is located in Staveley, Mid Canterbury, and this "boutique barnstay" is set in a private bush garden under the grand presence of Mount Somers. Rata Escape also offers custom-made day adventures exploring the spectacular local backcountry and farmland. Activities include guided hiking, mountain biking, 4WD exploring, farm tours and creative workshops (cheesemaking, painting, limestone sculpting, floral art). There is the option of fully catered for self-contained stays.


Rata Lodge:
$150 per night for up to 2 people, $30 for each additional person

Rata cottage:
$120 per night for up to 2 people, $30 for an additional person

Minimum stay of two nights

20% discount for booking of 4+ nights or more.
Children 2 years and under free ( conditions apply)

Guided activities $360 / day per group. Transport provided (Max group size 6 people)

Creative workshops $360 per day/ $180 half day per group

Fully catered option includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner and morning and afternoon teas. $160 / day per person


Daily 9 - 5




Rata escape is situated 1 1/4 hours drive south west of Christchurch. 

From Christchurch take the West Coast Road inland. 

Turn off to Hororata and Rakaia Gorge and from the Rakaia river carry on driving south on highway 1 to Staveley village. 

Turn right at the Staveley store and we are 800m up Flynns Road on the left.