Holly Homestead - Bernie & Gerard (Garden)


Holly Homestead Hosts

"Team Holly" consists of Gerard & Bernadine (Bernie) Oudemans.

Bernie & Gerard are both proud to be New Zealand born and bred with Gerard being a 1st generation "kiwi" of Dutch descent and Bernie can trace some of her Scottish ancestors back to their arrival in New Zealand in 1853.

Gerard & Bernie set up Holly Homestead in February 2000. They were ready for a lifestyle change and welcomed a return to the South Island, after living in Auckland for 12 years.

Both Gerard & Bernie enjoy meeting and hosting people from all over the world and look forward to welcoming you to their beautiful part of New Zealand!

Gerard was fortunate enough to go to Antarctica twice while serving in the RNZAF. This was a highlight of his career and he would love to go back to the deep South. For Bernie, enjoying looking at the magnificent snow capped Southern Alps is as cold as she wants to get. Bernie previously worked in an air-conditioned office for a law firm, and at one stage actually liked computer work.



Moderation is good.

We all need to be sensible about enjoying what we already have, to ensure future generations will also enjoy Planet Earth, Mother Nature and all its beauty.









December 2011

Geoff & Anne - Surrey, Great Britain   FAB-U-LAS


December 2011

Dave & Jennifer, Canada Absolutely fantastic! Thanks for your advice & hospitality.

Stefan, Netherlands Thank you very much for your warm welcome! I have had a nice stay in this fine house. Thank you so much for all!


November 2011

Virginia & Sebastian (Madrid, Spain) Wonderfuly stay : excellent room and great breakfast!

Wim & Jeannette, Holland Very pleasant and cosy place to stay. Thank you for your hospitality.


October 2011

Many, many thanks for your hospitality, your kindness and your good advices.

Florence et Patrick, Cathy et Michel - FRANCE


April 2011

Alvin & Victor - Hong Kong Marvellous! Thank you very much!


March 2011

Nili & Zeev - California, USA Great Hospitality, warmth and cleanliness. We are older and yet we felt like a mother took care of us. We love you. Thank your husband for the good food. We enjoyed every minute.


January 2011

Emmanuel et Michele, Belgium Thank you for your kindness and lovely home!


December 2010

Simon & Jess, Cardiff, UK Another wonderful visit at the Holly Homestead. Until next time.

November 2010

Karl & Nicole, Colorado, USA We appreciate your wonderful hospitality and attention to detail! Great stay! Thank you!

August 2010

Rosina - Essex, UK Wonderful Place - lovely hosts. Comfortable - make you feel at home. Spectacular views!

May 2010

Blanca & Sergio, Spain Absolutely recommended! Awesome! Lovely & comfortable house! Kind & Friendly Hosts.

March 2010

Dale & Kathy, Missouri, USA Thank you so much for your hospitality. Your home is beautiful and so is your glacier.

February 2010

Dale & Maggie, UK Very comfortable & welcoming - lovely cookies.

January 2010

Ken & Barbara, Kent, UK: "A beautiful place to stay with thoughtful hosts. Great breakfast, Gerard! Thank you."

Stefanie & Matthias, Germany: "It's such a wonderful house at a beautiful place ... one night is definitely too short."



December 2009

Gerard & Carla, Netherlands: "It was beautiful. Thanks for good care."

Debora, New Orleans, USA: " Wonderful spot in this magnificent country - Great Hospitality."


November 2009

Ruben & Sandra, Spain: "All Fantastic!!"

Karine & Mathieu, France: "Charming & Peaceful place, perfect to relax, thx you very much both of you."


October 2009

Uta & Steffen Wagner, Germany: "Great hosts and a wonderful place to stay."


Randy & Dena AND Greg & Michelle, Las Vegas, USA: "Wonderful beyond words! Thank you for everything - charming!"


September 2009

Katrina, London: "Most delightful place - like visiting a favourite aunt!"


August 2009

Helen & Simon, UK : "A wonderful home, we felt very welcomed and really enjoyed the breakfast. Thanks."


July 2009

Marta & Sergio, Madrid: "Thanks for all Gracias!! Thank you - the room was very comfortable, the breakfast great and the hosts very friendly!"


May 2009

Bill & Gillian (London/Australia): "Holly is testament to the love and hard work you both put into the house. Will def recommend to others."


March 2009

The best advice + support in planning and welcome to their wonderful home. Loved being here. Susan & Matt, USA



February 2009

An absolute pleasure - wonderful view, food & rooms! Jenny & Phil, London, UK


February 2009

Thank you for a wonderful stay, and for organising us so well. James & Sophie, UK



January 2009

Wonderful time, very lovely B&B. Thank you very much. Christine et David, France



January 2009

Thanks Bernie & Gerard for hospitality, fellowship & fabulous accommodation & food. Janey & Russ, Virginia, USA.




December 2008

Had a lovely stay, great room, nice breakfast. Thank a lot. Pascal & Manon - The Netherlands.


November 2008

Thank you very much for having a beautiful honeymoon-stop! :) Melanie & Stephan - Germany


October 2008

Thank you for making us feel so welcome. Our stay was delightful. Christian & Natalie - Brisbane, Australia.


September 2008

I have stayed with Bernie & Gerard several times and always thoroughly enjoy my stay at Holly Homestead. They make you feel very welcome and at home. The attention to detail is amazing. The rooms and beds are extremely comfortable with lots of little surprises. Gerard's daily changing hot breakfast is a great start of the day. In winter it is always lovely and warm and when I woke up one frosty morning, they had put a sheet over my car to avoid the windscreen from the frost.
The homestead itself is like out of a picture book. The old world charm with all the modern comforts.
I have stayed in many upmarket B&B and Holly Homestead would be one of my favourites. I can highly recommend staying here! You will love it!

Marijke Dunselman
Queenstown, NZ

1 May 2006
Dear Bernie & Gerard,
Thank you so much for treating us to such a pleasant stay at your lovely B&B. It really was the perfect antidote to a day spent climbing that glacier! It certainly felt like being at home - being looked after and having our washing done! Thanks too for the info re things to do - I wish all accommodation owners were as helpful as yourselves (and made such delicious muffins).
All the best, Charlotte & Vicky, Christchurch

Thank you for all. Best bread I've eaten in NZ!
Nicoletta, Hamburg, Germany

June 2001
Seth & Tara, Chicago, USA
We had a wonderful 3 days. The natural wood in your home is beautiful. We especially enjoyed how at home you made us feel. Thanks for everything.

Franz & Nadine, Germany
We slept like angels & had breakfast like a king.

Dec 03
Denise & Mark, England
The weather wasn't kind but Bernie & Gerard certainly were! Warm and welcoming on a wet day. Thanks for your hospitality.

Jan 04
Susan, USA
Great breakfast and Bernie is so bubbly! a great rep for NZ.

April 04
Jim & Sylvia, Australia
Excellent hospitality. An example to others of how such an establishment should operate.

November 04
Bill & Angela, USA
A lovely break from sterile hotels. Thank you.

Nov 04
Sophie & Jean-Claude, France
Surely the best B&B we did since arriving in NZ three weeks ago. Thanks for all.

January 05
Brigitte & Felix, Vienna
Lovely renovated house, love for details!

March 05
From the first impression to the fond farewells, this is a lovely, bright, stylish, meticulously efficient, friendly place to base yourselves in. Thank you to both
Rosemary & Jerry, UK

March 05
Charlie from Scotland
Wonderful stay 5 Star! Gerard and Bernie are great hosts and Bernie is nicest taxi driver I have met here. Food is excellent especially Bernie's banana & berry muffins. Would recommend stay to anyone and in words of Arnold Swarzenneger "I'll be back"!.

31 October 2005
Stu & Rach, Christchurch, NZ
Warm welcome, great food. Just like staying with family. Awesome!!

24 November 2005
Lisa & Horst, Germany
It was a great pleasure to be your guests, we enjoyed it!

December 2005
Ray & Rosemary, UK
Very friendly and hospitable. One night not enough!

December 2005
Colleen & Paul, California
This is the Mercedes of accommodation.

December 2005
Richard & Anne, England
Fantastic, the perfect remedy for faceless hotels. Outstanding!

January 06
Frank & Wendy, Ireland
A little gem in the heart of Franz Josef!

Feb 2006
George & Barbara, Australia
Many thanks 10 out of 10.

March 06
Louise from Cairns, Australia
Better than any 5 Star hotel and much friendlier. Brilliant!

March 06
Stuart & Nicola, England
Thank you both for your superb hospitality, beautiful location and help with the local info. Excellent breakfast too!!

4 April 06
Rowan & Fiona, England
Thank you for 2 nights of luxury and torrential rain!! Great fun, great food.

April 06
Superb place; can you open a UK branch so we can stay more regularly?
Home baking and breakfasts much appreciated!
Mat & Helen, Reading

April 2006
Great! Best bed of our trip. Breakfasts fantastic. Thank you so much. We shall tell any future travelers to New Zealand. Extremely Charming! You looked after every detail.
Carl & Joyce, Ontario, Canada

July 06
Very beautiful place and wonderful house. Thank you so much for your kindness and hospitality. Tasteful breakfast! Hope we'll come back.
Cedric & Caroline, France

September 2006
Patricia and Marcus, Surrey, England
What a wonderful warm welcome and home from home comforts. Great food, lots of help and information (especially with all our wet clothing!)
And what a wonderful bathroom!!
Lovely to meet you both and very many thanks again.

Sept 06
Pippa & Bruce, UK
Thank you so much for a wonderful stay, all your useful info and a breakfast to set us up for the long glacier walk today!.

October 2006
Simon & Sally, London
What a lovely home! Thank you so much for all your help. We'll be warning Gordon Ramsey he has some kiwi competition with Ger's breakfasts!! Our best wishes for the future.

Oct 06
Wonderful place to stay!! More than 5 stars *****

Nov 06
Jenny & Henry on honeymoon from Hong Kong.
Thanks for such a pleasant stay! We'll recommend here to our friends.

November 25, 2006
Derek & Jacqueline, St Louis, USA
Holly Homestead made me feel like I was back home with my mom! Thank you.

Nov 06
Carolin & Peter, Germany
We enjoyed our stay very much in spite of the horrible weather. Everything was fine; the warm and friendly atmosphere. Thank you for this experience!

25 December 2006
This is truly a "home" and you most certainly made us feel at home.
Thank you very much.
Chris & Wanxin

2 January 2007
Juliet, England
A short but very enjoyable stay (one night only!), thanks for the big breakfast!

January 2007
Many thanks for your warm hospitality, good information and wonderful breakfasts! Pity about the rain! But it has improved and we can see the mountain tops at last!
Jean & Tom, England

February 2007
Adam & Davina, UK
First Class Hosts, First Class Accommodation and wonderful views. Wish we could have stayed longer!



Holly Homestead B&B - State Highway 6 ( PO Box 35 ) - Franz Josef Glacier - West Coast - New Zealand
Phone +64 3 752 0299 - Fax +64 3 752 0298 - Email: stay@hollyhomestead.co.nz