Kaiwera Retreat

Recently renovated cottage, in a beautiful scenic countryside. Kaiwera Retreat is a warm, cozy, country cottage. Located at Kaiwera, 20km east of Gore.


•1 bedroom, with a Queen-Size bed, open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge, which includes a double fold out sofa bed.

•A bathroom, with shower and a full-size bathtub.

•In the double garage is a washing machine and dryer, which is available for guests to use.

•There is a fully equipped kitchen.

•Wi-Fi is available.


As we are a working dairy farm, there may be associated farm noises. But generally, it is very quiet. With double glazed windows and fully insulated cottage, it is very warm.

A heat pump is in the cottage, for heat in the winter-cooler months, and for cooling in the hotter-summer months.


Tea and coffee (etc) will be supplied. A continental breakfast is also available.


The other little touches, available is shampoo, conditioner and body wash.

When you arrive, enjoy a beautiful cookie time biscuit with your cuppa.

If you need a romantic night away, we can supply wine and chocolates.


Kaiwera Dairies

Kaiwera Dairies is located at 628 Kaiwera RD, 20km East of Gore, Southland New Zealand.


Kaiwera is known for many hills and tussocks. The farm is 228 hectares, which 185 hectares is milking platform. We converted the farm from sheep to dairy in 2008, when we bought the property. Originally, we had a 34 aside herringbone shed, and then converted it with 4 Lely robots five years later.

2020, we are now in our 12th year on the farm, 7th year with the robots.

We calve 300 black and white Friesian cows, and keep all the female heifer calves for our replacements on farm. The bull calves are sold locally.

The cows are treated as individuals, they come when they are ready to be milked on there own, and leave when they feel they need to leave, once they have been milked. Their information is being read when they go through the gate. This will send them to Their next paddock for feed.

All their information is recorded. Their weight, milk temperature, what’s happening with their rumen, how much feed they are getting, if they have an infection in their udder. Just so much information on any individual animal!

We take pride with our animals; we have won many awards for our stock and we are super proud of this.


The farm has the Pukerau stream flowing through it, which is fenced off to stock. We have also done riparian planting, and are doing everything to protect our water ways, and our environment.

We have even put out 1500 dung beetles to help assist in removing manure.

Our Family

 Denis and Donna have two young boys, Jake (Right) and Cory (Left).
We do hope you enjoy your stay in our warm cozy cottage.



There are plenty of things to do in the Gore area. There is a movie theater, museum, fast food, restaurants, beautiful walking and tramping places, parks and council gardens, just to name a few.
Or you could take a day-trip to Dunedin, Invercargill, Te-Anau and the beautiful Catlins area, and 2.5 hours to-or-from Queenstown.

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