The two tiny cottages at Te Tiro are as far removed from five star hotel luxury as you can imagine. The other end of the spectrum, with one room offering a little kitchen and dining area and a double bed, with two futons on the mezzanine floor above, accessed by a sturdy wooden ladder at the foot of the bed. The bathroom is a separate building at the end of the verandah, which can be a mission on a cold night.
But for a location with a difference, Te Tiro is unbeatable.
It is a privilege to be staying on this lovely farm at an altitude of over 400 metres, in its bush setting overlooking spectacular views of farmland to a distant mountain range, as mists come and go and the sky is lit with the moon and stars.
This is real New Zealand in a way few tourists will ever see it, on a farm which has been in the family for generations. The warmth and hospitality of the hosts is not the least of its charms,
Truly an experience not to be missed.