Waikato/Taranaki/King Country

What to look out for:

  • Bush walks

  • Local Maori history

  • Arts and crafts

  • Tourist attractions

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Historic homestead
 

Lynda Ferguson:

  • Local historian

  • Hawera

  • Taranaki

Times of operation:

  • All year around

  • By appointment only

Categories:

  • Local historian

  • Garden party organiser

  • Sheep breeder

  • Horse rides

  • Relax masseur practitioner

  • Cup of tea and biscuit

To find out more:
For more information and to make an appointment to visit the property please make a submission to Contact Us.
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Lynda invites you to visit her beautiful old homestead to learn of its 100 year history and to appreciate the craftsmanship that has gone into its building. You are also invited to take a horse ride, learn the science of coloured sheep breeding, visit an ancient wool-shed and have a cup of tea and homemade scones in the peace and quiet of the garden. Short-term farm-stay accommodation is available in a small cabin
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Living self-sustainably
Country Calendar story
 
Categories:
  • The practice of self sufficiency
  • Vegetable and fruit growing
  • Berries for sale
 
For more information: you can visit TVNZ's Country Calendar archive at www.tvnz.co.nz.

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About:
Living deep in the Taranaki countryside are two European immigrants who came to NZ to 'get away' from it all and to live self-sufficiently. On their property they grow a huge array of both winter and summer vegetables. A berry enclosure produces 'bucketloads' of berries. They also grow bananas, pawpaws and pomegranates and have planted 60 fruit trees. Using an old washing machine electric motor the couple have rigged up a small hydro-electric system as a back-up electricity supply.
 
Farmstay/adventure activities/local history
 

Blue Duck Station:

  • 4265 Oio Rd

  • Retaruke 3990

  • Whanganui National Park

Times of operation:

  • Accommodation all year around

Accommodation and all activities by appointment only

Categories:

  • Farmstay
  • Farm tours
  • Kayaking
  • Bush Safari
  • Clay bird shooting
  • Jet boating
  • Horse trekking
  • Mountain biking
  • Tramping
To find out more:
For more information you can visit <www.blueduckstation.co.nz> or this email address <info@blueduckstation.co.nz>.
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About:

Located in the Ruapehu District on the banks of the Whanganui and Retaruke Rivers and surrounded by Whanganui National Park, Blue Duck Station is an outdoor enthusiasts playground. The Station's core values are to conserve its endangered wildlife, increase the health of native bush and rivers, and preserve the history of the area, while educating visitors about the endangered New Zealand blue duck, other native species and local history. Blue Duck Station is one of the starting points of the Whanganui River journey and has a very colourful history, both Maori and European

 

Waikato River - Discovery Cruises
 

Discovery Cruises Ltd:

  • Lapwoods Landing

  • 9 Kms from Pokeno

  • PO Box 26-252

  • Epsom 

  • Auckland

Times of operation:

  • Operates all year around

  • By appointment only


Categories:

  • Luxury river boat cruise
  • Early NZ settlement history
  • Visits to historic NZ land war sites
  • Beautiful landscapes
  • Kayaking
  • Clay bird shooting
  • Jet ski hire 
 
To find out more:
For more information you can visit <www.discoveryrivercriuses.co.nz> .
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About:

Discovery Cruises provide a day and overnight sailing in its luxury vessel, Manuwai Tuarua, on the lower Waikato River, passing through beautiful countryside and providing the guests with a special view of farms, horticulture and bush in their natural state, otherwise not accessible to the general public. Special features of the cruise include a retelling of early NZ land war history, with views of historic British redoubts and battle sites, kayaking, clay bird shooting and jet ski hire, following in the wake of the early paddle wheelers. Also included are the old whitebait factory, location of Cameron Stockade and many large islands. Accomodation is provided for up to 30 people on day cruises and 12 overnight in luxury suites, including Spa, air-conditioning, full galley and Sky TV. 

 
Luxury King Country Escape
 

Kamahi Cottage:

  • 229 Barber Rd.

  • Otorohanga

  • King Country

 

Times of operation:

  • All Year round

  • By appointment


Categories:
  • Peace and Quiet
  • Garden setting
  • Local tourist attractions
  • Gourmet food
  • Luxury accommodation 
 
To find out more:​
For more information you can email <enquiries@kamahi.co.nz>, visit <www.kamahi.co.nz. or phone 64 7 873 0849,
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About:

Kamaki Cottage is a very quiet private, relaxed luxury farm stay in a beautiful country garden 30 minutes from Waitomo Caves and 15 minutes from Otorohanga. The cottage is fully self contained with an upstairs queen bedroom, downstairs spacious bathroom, fully equipped kitchenette, lounge and dining area, plus luxurious sofa that converts to a queen size bed for two quests. Free unlimited WIFI, a sound system and CD collection, TV/DVD, free mini bar, heating/airconditioning, is also provided along with daily home baking, specialty teas, freshly ground coffee and fresh flowers. Free full gourmet breakfasts (continental plus a large selection of cooked choices) are served whenever guests prefer. Private dinners can also be catered for by prior request (extra charges apply). 

 
Country Tavern

Whangamomona Hotel:
  • 6018 Ohura Rd 
  • Whangamomona 4396
  • Taranaki

Times of operation:
10AM to 8.30PM

Categories:
  • Rest and recreation
  • Accommodation
  • Local community get-togethers
  • Local history

To find out more:
For more information you can visit, <http://www.whangamomonahotel.co.nz/>, email 
info@whangamomonahotel.co.nz or phone 06-762 5823
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About

Our grand old hotel offers a relaxing environment, simple accommodation and big country meals. The Whangamomona Hotel reflects the colourful and truly unique nature of the Whangamomona community. This is the second hotel built on this site after the first burnt down in 1911. The current hotel was built on the exact same site in 1912. Our valley has a rich history and our hotel holds a wonderful collection of photos and memorabilia decorating its walls. We have 23 rooms and comfortably sleeps 45 people (we can stretch to 50). Showers and toilets are all shared facilities in 17 rooms in the hotel itself. The Lodge is a recent addition to our grounds which has 5 self-contained rooms.