Canterbury

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Coloured sheep breeding
 

Beverley Forrester:

  • Sheep and beef breeder

  • Hawarden 

  • Nth Canterbury

Times of operation:

  • All year around

  • By appointment only

     

Categories:
  • Coloured sheep breeding
  • Woollen yarn spinning
  • Designer woollen clothes
  • Early NZ Settler history
  • Classic farm machinery
  • Cup of tea and biscuit

To find out more:

For more information and to make an appointment to visit Beverley's farm you can email <info@blackhills.co.nz> or visit <www.blackhills.co.nz>
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Beverley Forrester invites visitors to her farm in Hawarden, Nth Canterbury, to learn about the breeding of coloured sheep, see her own knitting yarns, the designer fashion clothing made from it and learn about the early settler history of her locality.  

Beverley's farm is just 75 minutes from Christchurch and 20 minutes from the holiday resort of Hanmer Springs which offers a wide range recreational, cafe and shopping experiences.

 
Farming daffodils
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Categories
  • Science of growing flowers
  • Experience in the field
  • Documentation provided
  • Cup of tea and biscuit
     
To find out more​
  • For more information about this story you can visit the Country Calendar archive www.tvnz.co.nz.
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On 150 ha of flat river bed land beside the Selwyn river in Nth Canterbury a couple use clever growing techniques to extend the growing season for daffodils to almost six months of the year. A love of flowers and viticulture was the motivating force behind the couple’s efforts. “I love daffodils,” enthused one co-owner, “they make me smile every time I look at them.” From an early age her partner had been selling flowers from a barrow in Cathedral Square and ended up with nine flower shops. The daffodils, along with tulips are sold all around NZ.
Garden visit/art display
 

Jane McIntosh:

  • 176 The Mound Rd

  • Culverden 7391

  • Hurunui

Times of operation:​

  • ​By appointment only
     

Categories:
  • Art display
  • Garden visit

To find out more:​​
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Jane works from her studio in Culverden, North Canterbury. Jane and Tom's garden has developed over the last 20 years with the aim to make the most fabulous views of farmland, to rolling hills and onto the mountains behind Hanmer Springs. Two large ponds and seperate garden areas have bird life and plant life that are subjects in many of Jane's paintings. The farm, her multiple dog and horse companions are also her source of painting material, which ends up on paper canvas using oils, watercolour and charcoal. Family and friends are in on it too.

Jane, along with two other garden and art lovers, will be holding a special "Art in the Garden" event early in 2021. For more information you can click here.

Country Cafe & Gallery
 

Fossil Point Cafe & Gallery

  • 1 Valley Road

  • Greta Valley

  • Waipara 7387

Times of operation:​

  • Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm

  • Friday 9am to 9pm

Saturday to Sunday 9am to 4pm

Categories:

  • Breakfast, lunch, brunch destination
  • Friday evenings dinner and drinks
  • Gallery featuring works of ceramicist Kim Michaela Henderson and local artists
     
To find out more:
​For more information please visit <www.facebook.com/FossilPointGalleryandCafe>.
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The Fossil Point Cafe and Gallery is situated a short distance from Cheviot and about an hour and half drive from Christchurch. Founded by internationally recognised ceramicist Kim Henderson, the on-site gallery features the works of Kim and numerous local artists.  The Cafe is renowned for the quality of its breakfast and lunch menus for travellers on their road journey along State Highway 1 on New Zealand's East Coast and convivial atmosphere on Friday evenings when dinner and drinks are also served. The Cafe has its own beautiful garden where travellers can relax and take in the panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

 
 
 
High-country sheep station history
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Categories:
  • High-country living
  • Early NZ settlement history
  • Guided tour
  • Overnight accomodation

To find out more:​
  • For more information about this story you can visit NZ Country Life archive at www.rnz.co.nz.
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Two children who grew up on a 48,000 ha high-country sheep station, close to the Clarence River in North Canterbury, talk of the leisurely and quaint up-bringing they enjoyed mixed with Sunday evenings ending in hymn singing around the piano, hardship and hard work. They talked of the history of their tightly constructed community comprising station hands, shepherds, aunts and governesses, a cook and nurse as well as the near death experiences of crossing a river which dominated their lives.
 
Garden and plant nursery
 

Loch Leven Garden

  • 714 Rotherham Road

  • South Rotherham

  • Hurunui

Times of operation​

  • The gardens are open by appointment from October through to the end of April.

  • The nursery is open by phone appointment on 03 315 6408 or 027 220 5186.
     

Categories
  • Garden visits by arrangement
  • Nursery for a wide range of plants.
     
To find out more:​
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Lock Leven is a garden of National Significance, award 5 stars by the New Zealand Garden Trust. The three acre garden has evolved over the last 31 years and is still evolving. Large borders are filled with a rich array of plants including roses, rhododrendons, shrubs, perennials, hostas, irises and peonies. You will see oaks, ashes, elms and silver birches planted throughout a large expanse of lawn and garden to give shade and tranquility. A dry-stone wall garden has been planted with silver and grey plants. A more naturalistic planting of natives and grasses on the outskirts blends well with large rocks and wire art. A summerhouse adds tranquility. Numerous old bricks have been used to path areas. Raised pottage vegetable beds and a small espaliered fruit tree orchard are very productive and attractive. Spectacular views of Mt Lyford and the Lower Peaks range can be viewed from the garden. The nursery provides a wide selection of plants the owners propagate.

 
Limestone Rock Sculpture
 

Iron Ridge Quarry

  • 707 Ram Paddock Rd.

  • Waipara

Times of operation​

  • All year round
    By appointment


Categories

  • Rock sculptures
  • Garden ornamental displays
  • Garden visit
     
To find out more​
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The ringing of an anvil can be heard high in the hills overlooking the beautiful Waipara Valley. Raymond Herber's workshop is situated in an old Amberley Lime Works, which is now known as Iron Ridge Quarry Sculpture Park. The Quarry has been carved out of limestone once used by local farmers over the generations for spreading onto their properties. This once derelict quarry has now been transformed into a magical outdoor exhibition space, a no small task. Truck loads of top soil have been carted onto the property for plants to grow, like hardy natives best suited to the hardy climate. This is a place like no other and people now come from far and wide to picnic, to relax and spend time in this stunning setting to view the sometimes "wacky" art works one display.

 
Garden visit/wedding venue
 

Flaxmere Garden

  • 128 Westenras Rd

  • Hawarden 7385

  • North Canterbury

Times of operation

  • By appointment
     

Categories
  • Garden tours
  • Wedding venue
  • Social functions
  • Rest and recreation
  • Accommodation
     
To find out more:
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Flaxmere Garden, one of the NZ Gardens Trust, "Gardens of National Significance" has its beginning over fifty years ago on a North Canterbury sheep farm. Bodly designed to frame the surrounding mountain vistas, today Flaxmere Garden is a place of peace and tranquility for all to enjoy. Situated near the Southern Alps, Flaxmere has developed into a stunning example of a garden that evolves with the seasons, splendid throughout the year. The abundant use of water has enabled the creation of five ponds that ensures a wonderful bird life. Flaxmere is also a wonderful setting for weddings and other social occasions and accommodation for visitors to stay and linger in the various garden settings is also provided.  

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Autumn with art in the Gardens

About:
Three North Canterbury gardens and owners opened their gates and show-cased their art along with a variety of workshops over ANZAC  Weekend 23, 24 and 25 of April 2021. This is an exciting new venture at a beautiful time of the year and promised a little something for everyone.
 
Lou, Lissa and Jane are good mates, great hosts and share a love for the local environment and community. A scholarship is being awarded to a senior art student from The Amuri  Area School.
 
Art and garden lovers were welcomed come and enjoy some time at this gorgeous neck of the woods!! 
We will keep you posted on the future holding of this event. 
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Farmstay/Garden visit
 

Karetu Downs

  • 173 Paddock Rd, 

  • Waipara Gorge, 

  • Hurunui

Times of operation

  • By appointment
     

Categories
  • Farm tour
  • Garden visit
    Accommodation 

To find out more:​
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Karetu Downs is a one hour drive from Christchurch Airport and is situated in the picturesque Waipara Gorge, in the Hurunui district. The property is a Kiwi owned 2000ha sheep and cattle farm. On farm activities include sheep shearing, feeding pets, collecting eggs, meeting the pet pigs, baby calves and Barney the donkey. 4WD farm tours are available and mountain bikes are provided. Karetu Downs also features a beautiful garden which is home to a range of bird life. The Karetu homestead overlooks a large sweeping lawn, encapsulated by majestic trees and plantings of camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and roses. The farm offers a choice of B&B accommodation in the lovely Homestead or in a selfcontainded, fully furnished farm cottage. 

 
Farm Bed & Breakfast
 

Olivers Farmstay B&B

  • 179 Temuka-Orari Highway

  • Temuka

  • South Canterbury

 

Times of operation

  • Jan, Feb, July, August, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec.

  • By appointment

 
Categories
  • Accommodation
  • Peace and quiet
  • Farm environment
To find out more:
For more information you can email info@oliversfarmstay.co.nz, visit <www.oliversfarmstay.co.nz> or phone 64 21 105 9097.
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Oliver's Farmstay is an historic cottage that was once the original Post Office in the town of Temuka, built in 1876 and moved to its current site in 1904. The cottage has now been rebuilt and restored bringing it into the 21st Century while maintaining its "old world" comforts. There are two well appointed guest rooms, each with a king-size beds, their own en-suite and private TV. The guest lounge has Sky TV, a PC is available for guest's use and wireless broadband is also available. For those that wish, they can luxuriate in a bath in the master bedroom or make use of the outdoor spa pool. Guest's can also enjoy a Continental or full cooked breakfast in the dining room or on the expansive deck. The larder is stocked with locally grown hand crafted produce.

 
Rest & Recreation


Kaikoura getaway

  • 593 Kincaid Road

  • Hapuku

  • Kaikoura

 

Times of operation

  • All year round


Categories

  • Peace and quiet relaxation
  • Farm animals
  • Solitude

To find out more:​
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Wake up to bird song including Tui, Bellbirds and the distant sound of the ocean. Whilst only a short distance from the scenic drive north to Kaikoura the Getaway is a private peaceful two story, three bedroom timber house (two queen and two single beds), built mainly from recycled materials with a casual 'honey' feel. The house is perched high up on a small hill with amazing views from all windows, rolling farmlands on the right, the Pacific Ocean on the left, back to Kaikoura township and the seafood mountains behind. The property consists of a few lifestyle paddocks and there are some friendly farm animals that guests are welcome to pat and feed: sheep, calves, Jersey Cow, Highlands Cow, goats, Kune pigs. Pekin ducks and chickens. There is also a wandering Peacock and bird aviary.

 
EnergyJet - Tawanui Farm
 

Loughnan Family

  • 1321 Blythe Rd

  • Domett 7383

  • Cheviot 

Times of operation

  • All year round

  • Subject to weather and river conditions conditions.

 
Categories
  • Farm tour
  • Glamping
  • Jet boat rides
  • Lamb and beef sales
 
To find out more:
For more information you can email <tim@energyjet.co.nz>, website <www.energyjet.co.nz> or  call 027 426 0154.
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Tawanui Farm is a working sheep, beef and deer farm that has been farmed by the Loughnan family at Cheviot since 1990, the fifth generation to farm and live in the Blythe Valley. The farm is located between Kaikoura and Christchurch on the East Coast of the South Island, close to the mouth of the Hurunui River, an easy drive from Christchurch and a short distance from the town of Cheviot. Our farm offers a range of experiences: ATV farm tours across a spectacular landscape providing the opportunity to get up close and personal with the farm's animals; Glamping, with the campsite, offering an incredible 180 degrees view looking towards the Hurunui River, Inland Kaikoura mountains, and North Ppacific Ocean, and set on rolling farmland, surrounded by kanuka and pine plantations, with two lotus belle tents, a central camp kitchen, and a large hot tub; Jet boating on the Hurunui River in the care of Tim and Mike with over 45 years of combined jet boating experience, expertly navigating the shallow river braids and narrow canyons, offering an amazing variety of river bank scenery. Tawanui Farm's own beef and lamb, sold in carefully prepared boxes and farmed using regenerative farming practices, is also available for sale to our guests. 
Hurunui Hills
 

Scotty B

  • 1038 Karaka Rd.,

  • Hurunui 7385

Times of operation

  • Bookings to suit
    On application


Categories

  • Farm tour
  • Farmstay
  • Patting farm animals
  • Walks
  • History tales 

To find out more:
For more information you can email <info@scottybtours.com>, website <www.hurunuihills.co.nz>. 
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Hurunui Hills is a hill country farm in North Canterbury situated among the rolling hill country of the Hurunui high country. Our whanau have been guardians of this land since 1884. Six generations have focused on producing premium sheep and Angus cattle. To enable visitors to experience the true tranquility and mind expanding beauty of this land we have constructed a cabin located on a patch of untouched real time sheep and cattle country where they can immerse themselves in a unique farm stay experience, to take time, unwind and watch the world go by.
 
 
Island Hills Station
 

Shand Family

  • Tekoa Road

  • Hurunui

Times of operation

  • All year round
    By appointment.


​Categories

  • Nature walks
  • Hiking
  • Conservation education
    Hunting 

​To find out more:
For more information you can email <shaun@islandhillsstation.co.nz>, website <www.islandhillsstation.com>.
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Island Hills Station is a working high country station farmed by the fourth generation Shand family. Located only 20 minutes inland from the historic Hurunui Hotel on the way to Hanmer Springs the farm offers a range of unique walking, hunting and conversation opportunities. A key feature of the farm is the new improved Island Hills Station walking track, formerly known as the Hurunui High Country Track, which is open again for the 2021/22 season and is like no other in the country with its diverse range of landscapes and vegetation which change continuously throughout your experience. This is a self guided walkway which is very well marked and easy to follow. The lodge style accommodation facilities are very unique with fully serviced kitchen, BBQ and dining facilities, bunk beds and plenty of privacy. Your hunting/adventure and conservation experience is in the hands of Shaun Monk who has walked through a lifetime of back country adventures all over New Zealand from multi-day solo hikes to back pack hunting along mountain ranges. His wide knowledge of wildlife, plants, conservation, bushcraft, mountain safety and New Zealand's unique history makes for a great chat with Shaun while walking the trails or relaxing around the campfire.