top of page

   Est. 1895  



"Burnside Homestead offers an experience as much as a place to stay, a step back into the opulence of the past."

Burnside Homestead is a Category I registered historic home offering high class B&B accommodation and traditional country fare.  Architecturally distinguished by its octagonal Great Hall, all its antique guest suites incorporate contemporary facilities. Additional accommodation includes comfortable rooms in the Historic Creamery and Servants Quarters. Located just 18 kms from Oamaru via Enfield, and on the ALPS 2 OCEAN CYCLE TRAIL 22 kms from Duntroon. 

Guests enjoy many features: Roaring open fires in the Great Hall; dining at the 16 seater oak dining table; snooker or billiards on a one slate table; teas or breakfasts in the sun-drenched conservatory; tours of the Homestead including fascinating insights into life as it was a century plus ago. 


Guests walk through the property's extensive parkland featuring specimen trees and sheltered gardens. The original orchard and vegetable garden, tame sheep flock and poultry add to the authentic experience of a past lifestyle. 


A Bed & Breakfast business has successfully operated since 1995 attracting guests the world over including distinguished people whose names in the guest book intrigue many. 


Sited on the Alps2Ocean Cycle Route, it is an ideal last night B&B for celebratory dining before a final morning ride into Victorian Oamaru. All four seasons are enjoyed in a micro climate that rarely sees extremes, is warm, calm, enveloped in its own distinctive hideaway environment. 



Queen ensuite or twin ensuite. All with characterful antiques and historic features of the era.




Served in the grand dining room. Go back to a time of silver, lace and homemade bread

Free Wifi

Available throughout the property



Feel free to wander and relax among the 160 year old trees, the flower gardens and vegetable plot

                 Bike clean and laundry


Billiards, Darts, Croquet

Afternoon tea

Enjoy traditional warm scones with cream and homemade jam






Alps 2 Ocean Trail is one of the ‘Great Rides’ of the Nga Haerenga, New Zealand Cycle Trail. At 300+km long, it’s an easy to intermediate walking and cycling trail, about 3 hours north of Queenstown.  The trail starts at Aoraki/Mt Cook Village in the heart of the Southern Alps and descends 700m down to Oamaru by the Pacific Ocean. 

This trail potentially offers the most variety of any trail in New Zealand. You start the trail with a helicopter ride over the Tasman River to land in the middle of no-where, with the Southern Alps as your backdrop and things only get better. Where else will you see glaciers, snow capped mountains, hydro lakes, orchards, limestone formations, fossils, penguins and the ocean, all in one trail! 

Waitaki Whitestone Geopark


The Waitaki Whitestone Geopark includes an abundance of unique geological and geomorphological features. Notable features include the Moeraki Boulders, karst limestone at Elephant Rocks, as well as “badlands” and faults at Clay Cliffs..

Penguin Experience Oamaru


The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony provides visitors with an opportunity to see little penguins in their natural environment. In the evening, visitors are captivated by watching the nightly arrival of penguins from their days’ fishing at sea.

The Colony is a tourism operation with a strong research and conservation focus. At the core of the operation is a long-term conservation programme that ensures the penguins are protected and that the population achieves long-term stability. An important and unique part of that conservation programme is the Colony's Research Scientist who is now one of New Zealand’s leading little penguin experts. The programme is not limited to work at the site however, but extends further afield to include protection and monitoring of penguins elsewhere within the region.



"Thank you for this perfect ending to our Alps to Ocean trip - This historic home, gardens, entire environment, are so very lovely and part of New Zealand history and culture. We could stay for weeks! Loved the carrot stealing dog. Most especially we thank you for the warm hospitality and consideration." Bill and Virginia McCallum, Santa Fe 

bottom of page