Had initially booked this for the farm tour. But as we had arrived way too late, we missed it all. Would need better planning next time. The house we stayed in had enough space for 4 adults and one child. Free parking in the farm. Had breakfast with Pete in his kitchen even though it was quite early (we needed to catch a morning flight to Rotorua) Hotel Room: 4 stars (Big house with 2 rooms, living room and kitchen) Room View: (NA) Service of Staff: 4 Stars (Greeted by Pete on arrival) Lounges/Restaurants: (NA) Room Service: (NA) Location: 4 Stars (Short 30 min drive to Christchurch Airport)
Very much 'no messing, get on with it' people. Join in or miss out. Friendly greeting on arrival, shown round and quickly left to get on with settling in. Adequate space and comfortable bed for the two of us. Breakfast time was set, 9 o'clock, and half past out to the animals. Cold breakfast selection was fine though only just time to eat it. Into the borrowed wellies and off to feed the alpacas. While chatting to them, the others had moved on and collected the sheep dog. He knows his business and there's no messing with him either. Straight off across the field, round up the sheep and head for the barn. A shearing demonstration later (including holding the sheep) and we headed back to the farmhouse, mucky from sheeps' bottoms and only then the dog came for a quick fuss. Difficult to view the wool wares properly as still rather mucky from the sheep. Fascinating to see the work on the farm in a very peaceful setting and interesting to talk to Pete when he relaxes from the pressures.…
Pete and Gayle have been running the farm very attentively. Main living area and the cottage are comfortable and cosy. Great place for big group gathering and get up-close with livestocks. Farm tour was the highlight of our stay.
Pete and Gaye were very helpful and pleasant hosts who made sure my family was comfortsble. The place was clean and environment was peaceful. As we did not drive, they helped us to make arrangement for the transport and also recommended places that we could visit, Pete gave a very informative tour around the farm and also gave a sheep shearing demonstration. We also had opportunity to feed the sheep and alpaca. Overall,a a very homely place to stay for people who love animals, nature and a tranquil environment.
Was looking forward to a better understanding of the details of the station life - this small land owner opens his home and experience to share with travelers the operations of his sheep and alpaca farm. Pete welcomes us immediately upon hearing the car and ensured our comfort in the private on site cottage just steps from his own house. A simple but filling cold continental breakfast followed by a tour of the farm and interactions with the animals. Really quality. His background and skill as a shearer on display. The family processes, creates and sells their own wool and alpaca hair in beautiful knit items in a shop behind the homestead. Amenities acquired from local sources, plentiful lines and towels, robes and slippers for use. Would have enjoyed a longer stay!