This is a great B & B/Farm stay. We stayed there right after our long Vancouver-Auckland flight and it was a great decision. The place is relaxing, quiet, clean, well maintained, with every amenity that you could ask for. The hosts, Charlie and Dianna, make you feel right at home.
There is a laptop available so that you can catch up on your emails. There are books and games in the beautiful living room and the views out onto the farm acreage below the surrounding hillside is magnificent.
The rooms and the bathrooms are super and the little touches like coffee/tea makers in the room made it all seem perfect.
Charlie took us on the farm tour and we even milked the cows. It was fascinating and very informative.
We used this location to jump over to the Waitomo Caves tour and for our visit to Rotorua.
We stayed in a number of B & B's in NZ and Australia in our month long visit and Shailers rates right at the top.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Shailer homestead is a 90 minutes drive south of Auckland International Airport. It is situated on State Highway 39 which connects directly to highway 1 at the south end on Ngaruawahia and is en-route to the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. Hamilton City is just a 12 minute drive from Shailers which is internationally renowned for its themed gardens and many restaurants. Your hosts Charlie & Dianna Shailer offer a luxurious home-stay and tours of their four hundred cow dairy farm which is now managed by their son. The distinctive and beautiful Pirongia Mountain is the backdrop to their picturesque 128 hectare (318 acres) property. Mount Pirongia offers a variety of tracks for all levels of fitness. The quaint seaside village of Raglan on the west coast offers surfers the challenge of a left-hand surf break and is only 40 minutes drive from Shailers. Shailers is also 10 minutes drive to Vilagrad Winery, 15 minutes to the Mystery Creek event centre, 60 minutes to Hobbiton and less than 90 minutes to the thermal capital of the world, Rotorua. ... more less