• 21

    May

    Name Your Price for Kiwi Travellers

    https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/north-otago/name-your-price-novel-promotion-lodge Now that New Zealand is in Level-2 lockdown, and travel is once again possible around the country, we want to do something to make it possible for more New Zealanders to spend some time in a part of their country's heritage while also giving…
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  • 15

    Mar

    Covid-19

    The novel coronavirus now known as Covid-19 has caused unprecedented disruption to international travel, with flights in and out of China suspended for several weeks, and now the announcement that New Zealand will impose a mandatory 14-day self-isolation regime for virtually all arrivals into the…
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  • 31

    Jan

    Booking your stay with us

    Many guests ask us what is the best option for making a booking to stay with us at Pen-y-bryn, so we thought we would post here to offer some guidance. Of course, our preference is for you to book with us directly through our booking…
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  • 17

    Jan

    Oamaru–the world’s next spaceport?

    Today the Waitaki District Council signed a memorandum of understanding with Dawn Aerospace to establish Oamaru as the base for testing and ultimately flying a novel unmanned rocket-propelled space plane. Under the MOU, flights could begin as early as later in 2020, opening up a…
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  • 10

    Nov

    Renovations in two guest rooms

    As we continue our work to maintain and upgrade the facilities in our 130-year old lodge, we will endeavour to keep our guests and friends up-to-date on any interesting developments. Our latest work has involved upgrading the en-suites for the two rooms in the main…
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  • 03

    Nov

    Beehive Update

    You may recall that we installed our Flow Hive beehive in a corner of our gardens in 2016, with our first harvest of delicious all-natural honey in the autumn of 2017. Then we added an additional frame to allow us to harvest comb honey, which…
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  • 31

    Aug

    Say hello to our new-look dining and drawing rooms!

    The new look of our dining room We are very pleased to share with you the new looks of the two public rooms where our guests spend the most time--the Drawing Room and the Dining Room. These two rooms have been completely renovated from the…
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  • 23

    Aug

    Important Info for Overseas Visitors to NZ from 1 October 2019

    The New Zealand government has announced that, from 1 October 2019, all visitors to New Zealand from overseas (with the exception of Australian citizens) who do not require a visa will require a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) before they will be permitted to…
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  • 02

    Jun

    Kia Ora Magazine

    As a small lodge with no advertising or PR budget, we do not often see ourselves appear in the major travel publications. So it's especially thrilling for us that the "Where to Stay" feature in this month's Kia Ora magazine, Air New Zealand's inflight magazine,…
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  • 20

    May

    See History in Motion at Clark’s Mill

    Just a few minutes' drive from Pen-y-bryn is one of the most unusual parts of New Zealand's history. Clark's Mill was built in 1866 as one of the area's many flour mills, and continued to operate as a commercial mill until as recently as 1976.…
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