4.9 out of 5

"We had St Itas to ourselves (mid winter) and enjoyed the warm and comfortable lounge. Our host had the fire lit when we came back after a day out and ... " More

By a verified traveller on Wed 04 Jul 2018

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Hotel Description

At St. Itas Guesthouse, you'll be 38 km (23.6 mi) from Rakaia Gorge. Highlights at this guest house include free breakfast and free self parking.

You can enjoy TVs with DVD players, and all 4 rooms feature free WiFi, coffee/tea makers and hairdryers. Nice touches to enhance your stay include free toiletries and premium bedding.

This guest house offers free WiFi in public areas, a library and a terrace. Additionally, you'll find coffee/tea in a common area and laundry facilities. Full breakfast is available for free.

Places within a 30-minute drive of this 3.5-star Rakaia guest house include Salmon World and Ashburton Domain.

Comfort Double Room, 1 Bedroom, Garden View

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
AU$76 per night

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed, Garden View

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Basic Double or Twin Room, 1 Bedroom

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Twin Room, Garden View

Bed Count room.options.bedSize.TwinXLBed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

St. Itas Guesthouse ratings based on 11 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.9 out of 5 5.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 5.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 5.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 5.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for St. Itas Guesthouse

Everyone (8) Couples (2) Family (1)
5 out of 5
Lovely place, room and gardens. Very spacious, including lounge and dining. Excellent

Posted by on 11 Dec. 2018

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5 out of 5

A very comfortable and attractive guest house

We had St Itas to ourselves (mid winter) and enjoyed the warm and comfortable lounge. Our host had the fire lit when we came back after a day out and encouraged us to keep it stoked. Breakfast was good. Our room was comfortable and warm.

Posted by on 4 Jul. 2018

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5 out of 5
Lovely place, warm and welcoming. Would highly recommend

Posted by on 5 Apr. 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

16 Apr. 2018 by Sue

Thanking you for taking the time to post a generous review.

5 out of 5

Lovely old world charm

Pros: Good value for money, easy to find,
Stayed 1 night, comfy bed, great room and lovely garden, Sue was very welcoming, nice cooked breakfast. Highly recommended we look forward to staying again.

Posted by , from Oamaru NZ on 1 May 2017

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10 May 2017 by Sue

Thank you for choosing our Guesthouse and taking the time to write a review. We are so glad to hear that your accommodation with us didn't disappoint.

5 out of 5

Cosy little bed and breakfast

Pros: The comfortable rooms and excellent hostess who is very inviting and prepares a very delicious breakfast to get your day under way.
Cons: Not at all everything was well presented
Location: Only stayed a night but the local pub near the roundabout has good size and tasty pub meals
The room is beautifully presented with excellent facilities to make you feel comfortable. The lounge has great character and is a relaxing environment to wind down before retiring to your own private room. The building and placed looks amazing and history to it's origins make an interesting read.

Posted by on 25 Mar. 2017

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10 May 2017 by Sue

Thank you so much for sharing your experience here, it is great to hear you enjoyed your stay.

5 out of 5
This is a wonderful hosted B/B we were very thrilled with all aspects of this property. Hostess was very helpful & informative, breakfast amazing, felt like royalty & felt like home to us.

Posted by on 6 Feb. 2017

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5 out of 5

Great guest house at Rakaia

This beautiful house, previously a local Catholic school, is set in equally beautiful gardens. Sue was an excellent hostess, friendly, efficient and helpful. The breakfasts were substantial and of high quality. It is a convenient location for birdwatchers searching for the special birds of the Canterbury braided rivers.

Posted by , from Brisbane, Australia on 10 Dec. 2016

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24 Jan. 2017 by Sue

Thank you for your generous review, I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay here and hope that the rest of your trip was as enjoyable.

5 out of 5

Lovely guesthouse and gardens

Pros: Well appointed rooms, beautiful gardens, great history and feel of the guesthouse, great breakfast and lovely hosts.
Cons: Nothing loved it as it is.
Location: Rakaia Gorge and Methven (Mount Hutt ski fields) are not far away.
We stayed one night at this lovely guesthouse, with beautiful gardens, we stayed in the rose room with an ensuite which was really nice. Sumptuous breakfast and wonderful hosts. Would recommend staying here.

Posted by , from Medowie on 2 Feb. 2016

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4 out of 5
Pros: Breakfast was great!
Cons: No restaurant facilities in the approximate are
Location: Just right
Facilities: Above average; Value: Affordable; Service: Friendly; Cleanliness: Spick and span; Grounds & surroundings made the stay most pleasant and relaxed - loved the dog & cat!

Posted by , from Australia - QLD - Sunshine Coast on 20 Dec. 2013

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5 out of 5
Pros: Lovely house with lots of character
Location: Nice position
Facilities: Good; Value: Affordable; Service: Go the extra mile; Cleanliness: Beautiful; Breakfast in the communal dining room was great and very social. Owners did not intrude on guests but did an excellent job with cooking

Posted by , from Australia - NSW - Hunter Valley on 26 Feb. 2013

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Property Features

Free breakfast is served. WiFi is free in public spaces. A library, a terrace, and tour or ticket assistance are also featured at St. Itas Guesthouse. Free self parking is available.

  • 1 building
  • 4 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • Built in 1906
  • Full breakfast (free)
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Self-service laundry
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Pool or billiards table
  • Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Television in lobby

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • DVD player


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: Christchurch (CHC-Christchurch Intl.) (56.1 km / 34.9 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

St. Itas Guesthouse offers 4 forms of accommodation with DVD players and coffee/tea makers. Beds feature premium bedding. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Bathrooms include complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.

  • Television
  • DVD player
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hairdryer
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Heating

Food & Drink

Guests are served a free full breakfast.


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 11 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.


  • No pets allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

Hotel Names

  • St. Itas Guesthouse House Rakaia
  • St. Itas Guesthouse House
  • St. Itas Guesthouse Rakaia
  • St. Itas Guesthouse
  • St. Itas Rakaia

National Rating

This property does not have a Qualmark® rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our ratings system.

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.