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Laura's Real Country 
farm visit

 

Laura Douglas

  • Kingston

  • Southland

  • Sheep and beef farmer 

  • Farm practice educator

Times of operation

  • All year around

  • By appointment only
     

Categories

  • Farm visit
  • Animal variety
  • Farming practice tuition
  • Real country life experience
 
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About

Laura's "Real Country Farm" allows for all its visitors to experience the 'real New Zealand' and have authentic rural interactions with local hosts. Genuine Southern Hospitality is a trait that is cultivated over years growing up in a close knit, rural community and Laura takes great pride in ensuring that every guest feels like a friend, not a stranger. Laura will give visitors the opportunity to experience what real life working on a farm is all about. She will let you have a go at shooting guns and cracking whips, dagging sheep or simply watching the famous Real Country Farm Show and meeting all the animals or even cuddling some of them!

For more information about Laura's Real Country Farm activities you can click on this link <realcountry.co.nz> and for a replay of a recent TVNZ "Sunday" programme that featured Laura click on this link <https://www.tvnz.co.nz/shows/sunday/clips/southern-girl>.

 
Regenerative agriculture
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Categories
  • Science of regenerative agriculture
  • Experience in the field
  • Documentation provided
 
To find out more:
  • ​For more information about this story you can visit the Country Calendar archive at www.tvnz.co.nz.
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Called back to the family’s 9,300 ha farm in Central Otago, after a career in banking and as a budget caravan hire entrepreneur in the USA and NZ, the eldest son decided that the best way to combat the extreme climatic conditions of drought and heat experienced in the Maniototo was to replace monoculture with ‘regenerative agriculture’. Instead of rye grass or clover he planted up to 30 different species including sunflowers all of which made a different contribution to mitigating climatic change risk during the seasonal cycles.
 
Farms stay/visit
 

Duck Pond Cottage

  • Dot Stevens

  • Five Rivers

  • Northern Southland

  • 3RD Lumsden 9793

Times of operation

  • Accommodation year around

  • Farm tours and walks by appointment only


Categories

  • Farmstay
  • Farm tours
  • Amazing views
  • Walks
  • Fishing
  • Developing wetland
     
To find out more:​
  • For more information or to make an appointment to visit Dot Stevens Farmstay you can connect her directly at this email address <dot@duckpondcottage.co.nz>.
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Acton Downs is a sheep and beef finishing operation. Duckpond cottage is on a hill over looking the duck pond and has beautiful landscape views with visitors able to watch farm activities from the comfort of a large deck or in front of a cosy fire. The world can be turned off and visitors can enjoy the solitude, the night sky and the beautiful sound of animals and nature. A developing wetland can also be visited. Good fishing rivers and The Round the Mountains cycleway are all close by. Acton Downs is conveniently situated halfway between Queenstown and Fiordland. A fully self contained 'Retro' cottage is available with three bedrooms (two Queen and one King single) for a minimum of two nights at $160 for two people per night, $25 for more than two people and with discounts for over a week stay. Farm tours and walks are included in those prices. 

 

Sustainable dairy farming -

& free range eggs
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Categories
  • Science of regenerative agriculture
  • Experience in the field
  • Documentation provided
 
To find out more:​
  • For more information about this story you can visit the Country Calendar archive at www.tvnz.co.nz.
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Two Sth Otago farmers were great believers in the benefits to be got from farming ‘biologically’ and took pride in their using only natural fertisers, a mixture of seawater, liquid seaweed, fishmeal and vermicast from a worm farm, in which worms turned over 60 tonnes of food, cow and chicken waste. They started producing free range eggs and after friends noticed how tasty they were decided to set up a chicken farm and today roost 7,000 chickens.
 
Farmstay/adventure activities/local history
 

Dingleburn Station

  • Dingleburn Station Rd

  • Wanaka

  • Southland

Times of operation

  • Accommodation all year around

  • Accommodation and all activities by appointment only
     

Categories
  • Farmstay
  • Walking and Tramping
  • Fishing
  • Mountain biking
  • Kayaking
  • Local history
     
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Dingleburn Station, owned by the Meade family, is a high country farm of 7,000 hectares in the heart of New Zealand's South Island. The Meade family run over 10,000 head of merino sheep which supply fine quality wool and run more than 350 Angus beef cattle. Davida and Guy Mead's ties to this land run deep. Until the early 1960's, Dingleburn Station was only accessible by water and later by air. In the early days the only access to the homestead was by horseback. Wool, heavy equipment and supplies were boated back and forth from Mead's landing across the lake. In the early 1960's the then owner, Ian Sarginson, blasted out the road, part of which went around the treacherous Rocky Point, a most amazing feat.

 
Milking sheep -
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Categories
  • Practice of sheep milking
  • Farm business risk mitigation
  • Cup of tea and biscuit
     
To find out more:​
  • For more information about this story you can visit the Country Calendar archive at www.tvnz.co.nz.
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Thanks to the innovative energy of their children, a couple farming land for 20 years on the South Otago coast and close to retirement, decided to diversify into milking sheep and in the process created a flavoured prebiotic sheep milk. In addition to farming sheep for wool and meat, the milking of sheep has provided the opportunity to add value to the farm and mitigate farming risk through product diversification.
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Farmstay/adventure activities/local history
 

Dunrobin Valley Farm

  • 154 Dunrobin Valley Rd.

  • Mossburn

  • Nth Southland

Times of operation

  • Accommodation all year around

  • Accommodation and all activities by appointment only
     

Categories
  • Farmstay 
  • Fishing
  • Farm tour
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
     
To find out more:
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Liz and David Thomas warmly welcome people to stay at their 5000 acre High Country sheep and beef cattle farm close to Mossburn in Northern Southland and conveniently located half way between Queenstown and Milford Sound. Guests are invited to stay a while and enjoy a range of outdoor activities including hiking, trout fishing, sheep feeding by hand, a farm tour or simply watch the sheep dogs work for their living. Accommodation in a one bedroom self contained cottage is provided in a private, peaceful, exclusive location. 

 
Old Weaving looms make beautiful fabrics -
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Categories
  • Weaving skills
  • Wool classing
  • Beautiful woven fabrics
     
To find out more:​
  • For more information about this story you can visit the RNZ NZ Country Life archive at www.rnz.co.nz.
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Old weaving looms make beautiful fabrics: A chance encounter with a person who knew of three pedal powered heritage looms sent to NZ after WW II to help the rehabilitation of injured servicemen and which were gathering dust in a South Otago shed led to a new venture for a young South Otago couple. On first learning how to to use the looms they have since produced hundreds of metres of fabric, including tartan, tweed and herringbone to make a range of products including blankets, clothing and furnishings. The highlight for the couple has been the connections made with local suppliers of wool and of working with people passionate about wool.
 
Lodging/Adventure
 

Poolburn Adventure Hub

  • 845 Omakau Rd

  • Ida Valley

  • Central Otago

Times of operation

  • By appointment to make a booking
     

Categories
  • Rail Trail cycling
  • Fly fishing
  • Paddleboading
  • Kayaking
  • Horse riding
  • Local wineries and breweries 
 
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Since the early 1920's the Poolburn Hotel has been the meeting place of the Ida Valley. Nestled in the remote highlands of Central Otago, between Dunedin and the Lakes Districts, the valley is an adventure mecca. No longer a pub, Poolburn Adventure Hub offers lodging and guided activities to adventurers afar. Such adventures include biking the rail trail, fishing at the Poolburn Dam, horse trekking, mountain biking and visits to nearby wineries and breweries. There are six beds and ample space for guests to relax and after a busy day adventure seeking

 
Waikaka Station - Paterson Park & Gardens
 

Sharon Paterson

  • 162 Greenvale School Road

  • RD 5

  • Gore 9775

Times of operation

  • By appointment for farm tours

  • Garden cafe and shop open weekends, Spring & Summer 10am - 4pm

 
Categories
  • Farm tour
  • Dog display
  • Patting farm animals
  • Latest farm technology
  • Five ha conifer & reododrendron garden
  • Lunches and morning teas provided along with farm history stories
 
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Nestled in NZ's lush green Southland region, Waikaka Station is a 5th generation family owned farm specialising in quality genetics through their renowned Hereford, Texel and Rombreed studs. A long term passion for these breeds has seen these animals on the Paterson property for over 100 years. The farm, with its 740 hectares of flat to rolling pastures is home to Waikaka Genetics' Hereford herd which comprises 200 cows with calves at foot, 40 rising two year old bulls and 60 rising two year old heifers. The sheep flocks number 4000 breeding ewes, 1500 ewe hoggets and 150 ram hoggets. Farm tours are welcomed onto the property which enable people from all around the world to watch the farm at work, sheep being shorn, dogs working in the yards and fleece being handled.

In 1963 Lorraine Paterson began what is now the garden that covers several acres of land consisting of many rhododendrons, conifers and other beautiful trees. Sharon Paterson and her family are now restoring the garden back to its former glory to preserve it for generations to come. There are ponds, streams and hidden paths to explore and visitors are welcome to enjoy the peace and tranquility the garden offers.