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Meet the founders- Howard and Carolie Andrew

Hi, my name is Carolie Andrew, and I run Ramblers' Rest. We have been providing hostel accommodation for backpackers, travellers, and ramblers on working holidays since 2007. Our hostel has a unique atmosphere that will make you feel like you're at home away from home. 

Howard Carolie

International Inspiration.


Howard and Carolie had diverse international backgrounds and a love for travel and meeting people from all cultures. Howard grew up in the USA but travelled the world and lived in various locations throughout Europe as a child. When he was 17 he left on a grand adventure to South Africa to study Veterinary Science where he met Carolie's family. Less than a decade later they were married and raised their children in Zimbabwe. In 1994 they emigrated to the distant and beautiful shores of New Zealand with their four children where they put roots down in Ashburton. 

They knew what it's like for travellers who have come half way around the world, and love helping you feel like you're at a home away from home, sharing in your journey and giving you some great memories of New Zealand to take home with you.

Regional Ramblers.


When they first arrived in New Zealand they took the time to get to know their new home. In 1995 they travelled around the South Island in Maui campervans, and ever since then they added to their domestic travel logbooks. Please ask us all about the best spots to see - believe it or not there are even a few gems in the Mid Canterbury district!

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