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Maungakawa Views Farmstays is spread before you
A guest feeding lambs in August
Queen sized bed with en-suite
Family room with twin beds
Your hosts, Shirley & Alan
Mother sheep with twin lambs
World map showing where our guests come from
A guest getting up close to the cows
Lounge with fire burning in the cooler evenings
Sheep in the yard for shearing
Hen with newly hatched chickens
Sheep in the yards for shearing
calves
Our working dogs waiting for their next job
Hereford cattle on our rolling hill country
We have native bush surrounding parts of the farm
Hereford cows eating hay
Hen with chickens
Curious cows
Bush and farmland
Travelling up the driveway to the house
Shirley in the kitchen
A view down the valley
The creek, the stock's water supply
Rooster with hens
The view along Piakonui Road
Vegetables from the garden and fresh eggs
Our home in March
Shearing time for the sheep
Walking in the bush
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Farmhouse -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Matamata, Waikato Region, North Island

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GotravelS...
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
“Fantasic experience, excellent hospitality!”
Reviewed October 6, 2015 for a stay in January 2015

It was a memorable and fantasic farm experience in Shirley and Allen's farm! My two little kids just love it and they still talk about it a lot. My husband and I had a very enjoyable days there well. The rolling hills views are just what we after, location is convenient to the film scene, and more importantly, the hospitality is excellent! We absolutely love Shirley's cooking and enjoy the clean and cozy house. Will surely plan a visit again when the kids grow older :)

Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Oct 6, 2015
Thank you Sukie and Allan for taking the time to write a review.
We hope you visit again and we can see how the children have grown.
Alan and Shirley
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Gwen008
Perth, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
184 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Great experience with the best hosts”
Reviewed October 5, 2015 for a stay in March 2015

We stayed for 2 nights with Alan and Shirley and it was a highlight of our 5 weeks in NZ.
The Visitor Centre in Matamata gave us perfect directions and we loved following the road which wound its way through farmland till we arrived at the gate and followed the drive up the hill to find Shirley waiting for us with a warm welcome. Within minutes we were settled in and enjoying afternoon tea on the verandah overlooking the farm and the valley.

Alan soon joined us and after a cuppa and Shirley's cake we were invited to help with the usual evening chores on the farm - eggs to collect, chickens to be fed and watered, vegetables picked for dinner, dogs fed and a visit to a neighbouring farm to give hay to the cows. Shirley gave us a wonderful dinner and we enjoyed lively conversation till bedtime.

Next day we enjoyed looking all over the farm, tackling farm gates, watching the dogs move sheep, checking the beehives, picking mushrooms and all the time learning lots from Alan about farming in NZ. There was time later in the day to go for a walk close by through some amazing vegetation as we wandered up the hill.

We enjoyed another great dinner and more chatting but the fresh air and day's activities soon caught up with us.

Our room was very cosy and spacious and the bed was very comfortable, our meals were excellent, Alan and Shirley were terrific hosts. We'd stay again with no hesitation.

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Liked best: Everything!
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Oct 5, 2015
Thank you so much Chris and Gwen for taking the time to write a review.
We look forward to sharing our home with you again.
Alan and Shirley
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TravelerC...
China
1 review
“Experiencing New Zealand, this is the best place to be!”
Reviewed September 7, 2015 for a stay in October 2014

My husband and I stayed at a few farm stay during our NZ visit, and this is our favorite among all. The cottage up in the hill gets the breathtaking views, a scenery that we would want to wake up to every morning. Shirley and Alan are the excellent host, super friendly and resourceful about the area.

The most memorable experience was riding on a tractor with Alan and his dog chasing behind us, up and down the hill as he took us to interact with the farm animals and showed us the daily farm works, and also took us to a relaxing bushwalk, and also sharing farming stories and how it is like working in the farm, etc. Something we find very interesting especially for people like us coming from the cities. Alan has also sheared a sheep for us, and I got to hold a baby sheep in my arms!

We especially enjoy the home cooked meals, Shirley is a great chef, I still remember the tasty meat loaf and scones! Shirley was so kind to show me the recipe so I can photograph it for future use.

All in all, we enjoy every moments during our stay, and unlike the commercial farm stay, Shirley and Alan only take one group of traveler at a time, and you will truly get to know each other on a personal level and this is something impressed us the most!

I would recommend this place to everyone who would like an authentic farm and country experience in New Zealand.

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Management Response
Sep 7, 2015
It was great having you to stay with us Courtney & Oliver. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We hope to see you again.
Shirley & Alan
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LSCO_12
okemos, MI
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Peace and tranqulity, sweeping grasslands, animals galore”
Reviewed September 4, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Solo traveler booked this last minute for a respite from urban living. Relaxing and clean, perfect for someone looking to just get away from everything. Beyond accomodating to my dietary allergies (gluten and dairy) they went out of their way to have delicious food options and plenty of them. Wish I could have stayed longer. The drive to get there was relaxing (would not recommend the drive at night, arrive in the daytime) Lots of farm related activities to try if you are interested, bottle feeding the lambs, riding around on the tractor, bushwalking, seeing how the farm works. Alan is a wealth of information about farm management, local flora and fauna, which I really enjoyed. I found this property randomly through a website on Matamata region and it beyond exceeded my expectations. Close to hobbiton.

Traveling group: Solo Traveler
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Sep 5, 2015
Thanks Lisa for helping us to understand about Gluten and Dairy free diets.
Hope we meet again.
Shirley and Alan
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Gary S
Hong Kong, China
Level 1 Contributor
1 review
“Hospitable hosts, picturesque scenery and great home-made food!”
Reviewed September 3, 2015 for a stay in February 2015

Shirley and Alan were very warm and friendly. The one-storey farmhouse was not big but cozy and clean. Five of us had a great time there! What we missed most were the food made by Shirley, the tranquil environment, picturesque scenery and the starry sky there! Alan was a farmer and he drove us around his farm by his tractor! We loved the cows, the sheep, the dogs and the horse Revouge! Thanks Shirley and Alan again for their hospitality. Staying at their farmstay was definitely the highlight of our trip!

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Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Sep 3, 2015
Thank you Gary and Vivian for taking the time to write a review, it is much appreciated.
Hope to see you all again,
Alan & Shirley
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John R
Chichester, United Kingdom
1 review
“New Zealand at its best.”
Reviewed September 1, 2015 for a stay in May 2015

This is a real Farm Stay where you live with the family and take part with the running of the Farm if you so wish .Extremly comfortable en suite accomodation and really scrumptious meals.With breathtaking views it is easy to chill out and just relax.
I could see children were catered for and the twin black and white lambs delightful.
Shirley and Alan are a lovely couple ,and next time "Down Under" I will be back.
John UK

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Liked best: Scenery and being involved with the Farming side.
Liked least: Nothing to dislike
Traveling group: Solo
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Sep 1, 2015
Thanks John,
For staying with us, we enjoyed your visit.
Alan & Shirley
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CT756
Singapore, Singapore
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful experience.”
Reviewed August 22, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

The place itself is naturally beautiful and picturesque, and it is such a pleasure to wake up every morning to such wonderful scenery. The farm stay itself was an incredible experience and was throughly enjoyed by us, especially the tractor ride and the bush walk. Not to mention, our daughters had loads of fun playing with the animals, and it was really sweet to see a newborn lamb on our first day there.
On top of that, the food there was amazingly delicious, and we couldn't ask for anything better. Shirley's cooking is the best, and she bakes the tastiest scones. :)
Last but not least, during our stay there, our daughter left her black boots at their place. Even when we had already returned to Singapore, Alan and Shirley still notified us and offered to send the boots back via post. We are incredibly grateful for this and for their honesty.
All in all, it was an amazingly wonderful experience and we could not ask for anything more.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
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Management Response
Aug 22, 2015
Hi CK, Liana, Nadya & Natanya,
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. You are a great family and we enjoyed meeting and spending time with you. Thanks for writing a review.
Shirley & Alan
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