We welcome you to make a booking.

The NZ Government has announced that NZ’s borders will start to reopen to vaccinated visitors from overseas on 12 April, without the need for quarantines or isolation on arrival! Australians can enter the country from 12 April, with citizens of visa-waiver countries (eg. the United Kingdom, United States, European Union, Japan, South Korea, etc) eligible from 1 May! For more information, visit this site.

Covid-19 Travel Alert: Pen-y-bryn owners and staff are 100% vaccinated and boosted against the Covid-19 virus and we encourage everyone who is able to be vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. Please note that under the NZ Government’s “traffic light” system, Pen-y-bryn Lodge will follow Government guidance and require proof of approved vaccination for all guests checking in through 4 April 2022, unless they have a medically authorised exemption. We will use the NZ Government’s NZ Pass Verifier on arrival for all visitors.

All of New Zealand is now in the “red” traffic light. Learn more about what that means for you here, and read what we are doing to keep our guests safe during the pandemic here

Booking directly with us assures you the best rates and most flexible conditions available. If you see a lower rate on one of the online booking sites, please contact us and we will happily match it. 

During the Covid-19 pandemic we are not collecting deposits and will not impose a cancellation penalty against any guests whose travel plans are disrupted by a reimposition of lockdowns or other restrictions aimed at ensuring public safety.

The experience

My wife and I had a magnificent luxury two day stay. Food and cuisine was over the top amazing and outstanding. The passion, care and effort shown by James in the preparation of the meal was extraordinary. It was a Gastro thrill on steroids. The facility is beautiful. Rooms are lovely with all available amenities. Our stay was charming, romantic and delightful.


Comfortably the best place we stayed in New Zealand. A beautiful old house, beautifully maintained, with large comfortable and well-appointed rooms, each having all the amenities one could wish for. The hosts are gracious and welcoming, are happy to engage in conversation, and produce simply wonderful food – both for dinner and breakfast.

Tony C.

Unpretentious, civilised luxury. Beautifully restored house, relaxing, welcoming and classy. Don’t forget to book dinner, the food is worthy of Michelin status and should not be missed. Nothing is too much trouble for the excellent hosts. Thank you J&J 🙂

Sula B.

What a great place to stay! The dinner we had was amazing! Breakfast was spectacular and the hospitality unparalleled. Thankyou James & James.

Joshua T.

This is a wonderful grand house which is very beautiful and comfortable in every way. Guests feel very look after but never in an intrusive way. The food is exquisite and almost 100% made from Pen-y-bryn gardens or sourced locally. The dinner menu is tailor made for the guests, and quality, taste and presentation are impeccable. Breakfast is unbelievably delicious. The whole stay is such a treat that it is really hard to put it into words. If you ask, you will get to meet the two dogs which are a total delight.

Sharon S-L.