May 2016: New Zealand Farm Stays

A New Zealand farm stay is a unique Kiwi experience and a great way to meet friendly locals!

Mt Nicholas Station Woolshed. Credit: Southern Discoveries
Farm stay accommodation is similar to bed and breakfasts but guests have the opportunity to learn about life on a New Zealand farm and the chance to help with daily activities, such as feeding the calves or rounding up the sheep. 
 
Most farms are located within a few hour's drive of major towns and cities. So if your clients want a relaxing rural escape but still have access to the amenities of town then a farm stay is a great option. 
 
No matter what time of year your clients visit there is always something exciting to see on a farm. Springtime (September onwards) sees the arrival of thousands of playful fluffy lambs. July to October (winter/spring) is calving season in New Zealand and visitors will get the opportunity to cuddle and hand feed adorable young calves. Sheep shearing often takes place year round so the chance of a close up demonstration is certainly possible.
 
Learn more about farm stays in New Zealand here.
 
Here are some farm stay options to include in your client’s New Zealand itinerary.
 
Rural Holidays NZ Ltd
Rural Holidays NZ Ltd offers quality hosted farm stay and country home stay accommodation with over 300 listings throughout New Zealand. 
 
Rangitikei Farmstay – Manawatu
Rangitikei Farmstay is a 630 hectare working farm in the Manawatu region. The farm stay can cater for up to 22 guests in a variety of accommodation types. Shearing and mustering demonstrations, animal and farm tours, claybird shooting and pony rides are just some of the activities that guests can choose from.
 
Ridge Top Farm Glamping - Manawatu
Halfway between Wellinton and Taupō in the beautiful Manawatu region is Ridge Top Farm, a 600 hectare beef and sheep farm offering spectacular views of Kapiti Island, Mount Taranaki and Mount Ruapehu. Guest accommodation is a country-themed campsite complete with luxury tents and home comforts, such as hot shower and outdoor bath. Farm activities include farm tours, clay bird shooting, shearing demonstrations and feeding the pet goat.
 
Mt Nicholas Station – Queenstown
Stunning Mt Nicholas Station is a 4050 hectare working high country station which begins on the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu and spreads into stunning Southland. Guests can choose to stay in White’s Bay Cabin, a luxury double/twin cabin with stunning lake and mountain views, or The Shearers Quarters suitable for groups of up to 20. Guests can expect personalised hosting, three delicious meals daily and full use of facilities and recreational equipment.  Activities on the farm include walking, fishing, 4WD farm tour, kayaking and mountain biking.
 
Tussock Country Glamping - Southland
Guests can enjoy the comfort of a Tussock Country Glamping tent while experiencing life on a working high country sheep farm. The luxury tents are stylish, spacious and include running water and ensuite bathroom. Guests can also choose hosted packages which include meals, activities, farm tours, guided tours, bike hire and more.
 
Nokomai Station – Southland
Nokomai Valley Accommodation is nestled in the middle of a high country farm. Station activities include farm tours, fly fishing, walking, mountain biking, heli excursions and cross country golf. There are four spacious one and two bedroom self-contained cottages and guests have the option of self-catering or enjoying delicious meals in the accommodation’s dining room.
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