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There is so much to see when you travel the back country roads. Behind the front door there is more than just cups of tea and cheese scones. At Beverley Forrester's Black Hills farm in the Hurunui you will have the opportunity to see for yourself the breeding of naturally coloured sheep and purchase the woollen yarn that is produced. And, at Jim's home in Wellington these same woollen yarns are for sale along with beautiful silk and silk/cashmere scarves sourced from Vietnam.

Country Life with woollen yarn and silks for sale

Country life on display

High Country sheep station

High Country sheep station

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.

Waikato River Cruises

Waikato River Cruises

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.
Please not: this activity is temporarily closed.

Historic homestead

Historic homestead

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.

Wairata Homestay

Wairata Homestay

The Redpath family have been living on Wairata Station for over 100 years. We will be more than happy to share some of our many memories with you.

Dunrobin Valley Farm

Dunrobin Valley Farm

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.

Dingleburn Station

Dingleburn Station

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.

Laura Douglas Real Country

Laura Douglas Real Country

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.

Island Hills Station

Island Hills Station

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.

Hurunui Hills

Hurunui Hills

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

EnergyJetGlamping

EnergyJetGlamping

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.

Rangitikie Farmstay

Rangitikie Farmstay

The Rangitikei Farm has been in the Stewart family for over 110 years which in itself makes the Rangitikei Farmstay a special place with the history, family antiques and stories that go with them.

Waikaka Station & gardens/cafe

Waikaka Station & gardens/cafe

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.

Waitawhiti Station

Waitawhiti Station

Waitawhiti Station is a sheep and cattle farm situated in rolling green lowlands of the Eastern Wairarapa, having been in the family for over 150 years

Blue Duck Station

Blue Duck Station

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.

Table Flat Farmstay

Table Flat Farmstay

Table Flat Farmstay is dairy farm nestled at the foothills of the Ruahine Ranges and about a one hour drive from Palmerston North. On a clear day there are amazing views of the Central Plateau with Mt Ruhapehu and Mt Ngaurahoe taking "central stage"

Mahaanui Farmstay

Mahaanui Farmstay

Mahaanui Farm Stay Experience, is located in the heart of beautiful Tiniroto, half way between Gisborne and Wairoa. Simon and Sally Officer invite guests to explore and experience life on a traditional, hill-country farm.

Palliser Ridge

Palliser Ridge

Palliser Ridge, the 2019 winner of the Ballance Environmental Farm Award, is a predominantly sheep and beef 1300ha farm in South Wairarapa with an 8000 strong flock of sheep and 1600 cattle.

Wairata Station

Wairata Station

Wairata Station Homestay 5000 acre station offering stays, eco walks and bird watching, flora and fauna. The Redpath family have been living on Wairata Station for over 100 years. We will be more than happy to share some of our many memories with you.

Duck Pond Cottage

Duck Pond Cottage

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.

Kandiah Alpacas Farmstay

Kandiah Alpacas Farmstay

Kandiah Alpacas and Farmstay is owned by Pav and Mark Stacey and their farm is situated just 10 minutes from the wonderful small township of Waipu in Northland, New Zealand. They have a wonderful herd of mixed colour sure alpacas which have a beautiful soft, lustrous fleece.

Oliver's Farmstay B&B

Oliver's Farmstay B&B

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.

Kiwifruit Cottage

Kiwifruit Cottage

Kaitaki Kiwifruit Cottage is a modern self contained two bedroom cottage, with one Queen size bed, two single beds and outdoor bath. Located in the heart of an organic 8ha kiwifruit orchard and close to beaches and cafes, the cottage offers privacy, space and a peaceful environment.

Haurata High Country Retreat

Haurata High Country Retreat

Welcome to Haurata/Ariel Station and High Country Retreat, a large high country farm that since 2007 has been "biologically farmed", where minerals, trace elements, fish oil and seaweed have been used rather than chemical fertiliseris to feed and improve the soil.

Ruffit Lodge

Ruffit Lodge

Ruffit Lodge is a three bedroom cottage nestled in a private valley on a 180 ha farm, five minutes from Woodville. It is an ideal location for a retreat, to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and a great holiday destination.

Mairenui Rural Retreat

Mairenui Rural Retreat

Mairenui Rural Retreat is a three house farmstay complex nestled in the scenic hill country of the Rangitikei District, in the central North Island, offering a restful getaway for couples, families or other groups.

Kamahi Cottage

Kamahi Cottage

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.

Lake Okareka horse trekking

Lake Okareka horse trekking

I’m Lucy Payne, owner of Horse Trekking Lake Okareka in the beautiful lake district of Rotorua, New Zealand.

Hack'n Stay horse rides

Hack'n Stay horse rides

Hack'n Stay is dedicated to those who want to enjoy the simple things in life including spending time with and riding horses, camping or simply strolling along the beach.

Kaikoura getaway

Kaikoura getaway

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.

Flaxmere Gardens

Flaxmere Gardens

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.

Loch Leven Garden

Loch Leven Garden

Lock Leven is a garden of National Significance, award 5 stars by the New Zealand Garden Trust.

Jane McIntosh garden vist/art

Jane McIntosh garden vist/art

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.

Karetu Gardens

Karetu Gardens

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.

Island Hills Station

Island Hills Station

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.

Landscape beautification

Landscape beautification

A couple with a vision for transforming their farm into a model of sustainable land management received a grant from Air New Zealand's Environmental Trust for $450,000 to plant 85,000 trees, including fruit and nut, natives and amenity trees.

Levack Forestry

Levack Forestry

Hamish is a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Forestry, and past President of the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association.

Hurunui Hills

Hurunui Hills

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.

Coloured sheep breeding

Coloured sheep breeding

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.

Woollen/spinning/fabrics

Woollen/spinning/fabrics

Rachel invites visitors to her property at Churton Park, a semi-rural suburb of Wellington City, to learn the craft of spinning woollen fleece into fine yarn, the craft of dying fabric into different colours, the felting of fleece into soft fabric and the making of woollen beanies and felt hats.

Palliser Ridge

Palliser Ridge

Palliser Ridge, the 2019 winner of the Ballance Environmental Farm Award, is a predominantly sheep and beef 1300ha farm in South Wairarapa with an 8000 strong flock of sheep and 1600 cattle.

Bus Stop Cafe

Bus Stop Cafe

Turn a corner along one of the Kapiti Coast's back country roads and you will come across the Bus stop Cafe, which Is a small cafe in the bottom of the garden owned by Kirsty Green.

Limestone Rock Sculpture

Limestone Rock Sculpture

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.

Fossil Point Cafe & Gallery

Fossil Point Cafe & Gallery

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.

Jane McIntosh garden vist/art

Jane McIntosh garden vist/art

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.

Old weaving techniques

Old weaving techniques

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.

Bushmere Estate Vines

Bushmere Estate Vines

David and Shona Egan will welcome you to Bushmere Estate.

Puhoi Valley Cheese

Puhoi Valley Cheese

At Puhoi Valley we have a passion for cheese, and our master cheese makers lovingly turn our rich flavoursome milk into some of the finest quality specialty cheeses in the world. From the exquisite creaminess of our double cream brie, to the sophisticated tones of our goat feta, Puhoi Valley Cheeses will inspire you.

Making cheese

Making cheese

Cath Collins always had an interest in cooking and particularly dairy foods made from the 45 cows milked on her small lifestyle block.

Queen Bee breeding

Queen Bee breeding

Inspired by their grandmother's offer to teach them the skill of breeding Queen bees two sisters took over the family's honey making business to breed a special species of Queen bee, more resilient against such diseases as Varroa mite.

Bus Stop Cafe

Bus Stop Cafe

Turn a corner along one of the Kapiti Coast's back country roads and you will come across the Bus stop Cafe, which Is a small cafe in the bottom of the garden owned by Kirsty Green.

Fossil Point Cafe & Gallery

Fossil Point Cafe & Gallery

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 Cow Shed

The Cow Shed

The Cow Shed is a family run business set on a beautiful, 8 acre rural property, in a converted milking shed. The property is owned by Amy's parents who converted the Cow Shed and established The Restaurant in 2012.

Island Hills Station

Island Hills Station

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.

Queen Charlotte Walkway

Queen Charlotte Walkway

Resting just below the ridge upon which hikers journey along the Queen Charlotte Sound Track and close to the Portage Hotel in the Kenepuru Sound, sits Jim's home surrounded by native bush and trees, all day sun and sea views from one end of the Sound to the other.

Mahaanui Farmstay

Mahaanui Farmstay

Mahaanui Farm Stay Experience, is located in the heart of beautiful Tiniroto, half way between Gisborne and Wairoa. Simon and Sally Officer invite guests to explore and experience life on a traditional, hill-country farm.

Poolburn Adventure Hub

Poolburn Adventure Hub

Since the early 1920's the Poolburn Hotel has been the meeting place of the Ida Valley.

Growing Lavender

Growing Lavender

Starting with just two plants which gave rise to hundreds of cuttings a young couple have established NZ's first lavender farm at their Nelson property.

Growing Daffodils story

Growing Daffodils story

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.

Sustainable dairy farming

Sustainable dairy farming

Two South 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.