We enjoyed several farm stays in NZ but Pete was the only one who showed us the shearing business. He had her dressed down in seconds. Pete is a pro. I liked the details he gave us on the process and the marketing, as well as the demonstration. The sheep are comical as they calmly await the treatment. They put up no fuss. Of course the babies are born in springtime if one wants to bottle feed them...baaah! (June is the winter onset) but it was a treat to see the dog stare down the sheep and herd them without so much as a yip.
The separate cottage is very private and the full kitchen has coffee, a coffee maker, and some condiments available. There is a washing machine as well. The new shower enclosure is very appealing. They have some lovely lavender soap of their own, nice and unique. The shampoo and conditioner were good quality. The WC is in a separate space of its own. The two bedrooms are extra spacious.. The beds are comfy and have electric heaters on the mattress pads, good for chilly evenings. There is plenty of heat for the space as well. The living space has plenty of playroom plus a big box of toys for the youngsters and there is an enclosed playground within the adjacent paddock.
Pete and Gaye are very kind and friendly. They were very understanding of travel with small children. Continental breakfast and conversation were very enjoyable. One can purchase hand made woolen knitwear from their compact shop on the property. We missed Pete's bbq dinner, but did manage to find some tasty Indian food downtown to bring back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Petes Farm Stay is 25 minutes from Christchurch city and airport. Watch Pete shear a sheep up close and round up the sheep with his working sheep dog. Relax after a day sightseeing and enjoy the panoramic views from all the rooms in our new house. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pete`s Farm Stay Hotel Rangiora
- Pete`s Farm Stay Bed And Breakfast