Relaxing Retreats

Rest     Relax     Recuperate     Rejuvenate


There are times in all our lives when we need to take special care of ourselves.

This might be due to a life crisis, illness or accident, or just the stresses and strains of everyday  life and work.

Jesters Nest has been lovingly developed as a place for retreat – to provide a safe tranquil environment in which to take a break, to rest and restore yourself – surrounded by the beauty of Karamea and the West Coast.

Jesters Nest is owned and cared for by Kay Raffell, a qualified Speech Language Therapist and Psychotherapist.

She has worked for many years with people in distress or affected by accident and serious or terminal illness and is aware of people’s need for rest and respite – to take time out from the stresses and practicalities of living when life has changed.

She also knows the value of being able to talk things through, to understand what is happening and find a way to live life as well as possible. Jesters Nest offers privacy but with the option of skilled confidential counselling if required.

At Jesters Nest you can unwind in your own way and at your own speed.

You are welcome to stay for just a few days but due to the distance from major centres, a longer stay is recommended allowing you time to travel to and from Karamea.

There is a comfortable double room with shared bathroom in the main house (fully catered) while the self contained Little House has a fully equipped kitchen.

While staying in the Little House you may cook for yourself or choose to have all or some food prepared.

Lounge area in the Little House


Guest bedroom in main house
Guest bedroom in main house








The Karamea area offers tranquil bush and beautiful beaches to allow you to relax and unwind. You can also explore the fascinating limestone caves and arches in the area, or walk the southern end of the popular Heaphy Track.




The peaceful garden has a walking labyrinth of the beautiful local Karamea granite.


Kay is pleased to be able to share Jesters Nest with anyone who needs time out to rest and relax.

There is also the option of confidential counselling sessions if required.

For those with limited finances Jesters Nest offers low or no cost retreats.


Please contact me to discuss your individual situation and needs on 03 782 6633 or text 022 379 9185

Main  House             $90 double              $70  single                                                            

 Little House            $130 per night  double    (extra person $25)

                                       $90 single

Please enquire for weekly rates.

Counselling sessions :    $115