New Zealand is famous for its milking cows and other farm animals. How awesome would it be to experience firsthand the Kiwi farm life? Farm stay in New Zealand is a vibrant industry, welcoming guests from all over the world who want to stay in a country house, eat Kiwi-style breakfast and tend to the farm animals during the day.
Farm Stay Accommodation
Farm stay accommodation ranges from a small holiday cottage or apartment right next to the farm and the owner’s house, to a large-scale farm where you’ll either have a more luxurious stay or be housed in one of the shearer’s quarters.
Farm stay is typically just a home stay or bed and breakfast, only that you stay in a functional farm and have the opportunity to experience farm life throughout the course of your vacation.
Most of the farm stays in New Zealand cater to families and even pets. Guests are encouraged and even expected to pitch in with the farm chores such as shearing sheep, milking cows and harvesting farm produce.
North Island and South Island
Farm stay New Zealand is scattered across the country. You can find a country farm accommodation in practically anywhere in New Zealand.
North Island is where you’ll find The Queen City of South Pacific, Auckland is the shopping center in New Zealand. Not very farm-like you say, but don’t be surprised if you find a farm stay accommodation just 20 minutes away from the city proper.
Enjoy the lakes, falls, geysers and forests Central North Island, as well as the Chardonnays at Eastland. Taranaki is a fertile ground for growing plants and flowers, thanks to the Taranaki Volcano. Waikato is where the cowbells ring wild and loud, while Wairarapa exudes in antiquity and tradition.
In the South Island is Marlborough, home to the enchanting waterways of the same name as well as the world-famous Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs. Farms are not the only things to enjoy in North Canterbury but also whales and dolphins. Nelson is perhaps the go-to place when you want to enjoy a little bit of everything Kiwi.
Southern Lakes doesn’t disappoint regardless of the weather because sunny or rainy, you’ll surely have a memorable time there. West Coast hosts the longest shoreline in all of the New Zealand, and farm stays abound in the area.
Photos by: brewbooks, Seth Mazow, Archives New Zealand