We spent an intriguing afternoon at Hobbiton admiring the attention to detail by Weta Workshops and happily found the Dodd's farmstay only a short distance further on.
Alan and Shirley provide a slice of country life, we are sure no two visits would be the same. It is tailored to the visitors' interests and what farming activity is happening at the time, whether it is shifting cows, riding the tractor, moving electric fences, feeding the chooks or running with the dogs.
The undulating country provides wonderful vistas of hills and virgin bush.
Tasty, fresh farm meals, comfortable accommodation, a personal touch and good company, round off an hospitable, unique New Zealand experience.
We've had a wonderful time at Maungakawa Views. Shirley and Alan are the best hosts. We can't say enough about Shirley's incredible cooking and we love that some produce are freshly picked from the farm. Also we had so much fun and learned a lot about farm activities: Alan shearing a lamb for us, showing us around on the tractor, and we enjoyed interacting with all the animals (cows, sheep and chickens). This is definitely one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand!
We have a great time here and love the views and the host here. They are friendly and the food was delicious. Miss all the moment we spent there.
We had a great stay (3 nights). Very quiet, very nice hosts, interesting introduction to farm operations, really good food (our favorite: pear chocolate cake, scones & cookies, pumpkin soup), a nice hike just a few minutes away, a rocking chair in front of the fire, and even a cute cat. Highly recommend!
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