Mountainview Farmstay & Appaloosa Stud
816/2 Tuhikaramea Road, RD 10
www.appaloosastud.co.nz Phone: 07 847 5555
Mountainview is a farmstay for horse lovers located 10 minutes drive from Hamilton. There is a large deck to appreciate the rural outlook. From $100 per couple for B&B, evening meals by arrangement.
Te Tiro B&B
970 Te Anga Road
www.waitomocavesnz.com Phone: 07 878 6328
Sleep in a pioneer style cottage on Te Tiro sheep and cattle farm. You'll find a glow worm grotto close by, walking tracks and rock climbing areas if you're feeling adventurous. Stay at Te Tiro from $110 single, $140 double including continental breakfast. Guests give Te Tiro top marks.
Waitomo Big Bird B&B
17 Waitomo Caves Road, RD 7
www.waitomobigbird.co.nz Phone: 0800 733 244
Waitomo Big Bird B&B is situated on a 70 acre ostrich and cattle farm. Visit with the big birds and miniature horses. B&B and self contained accommodation available - from $50 single, $110 double, including continental breakfast. An ostrich omelette for breakfast is an optional extra. See what reviewers have to say.
Willowbark Ranch B&B
133 Koutunui Road, RD 1
www.willowbarkranch.com Phone: 07 863 4282
At Willowbark Ranch you may be able to saddle up and take a horse ride down the beach, you can definitely befriend the farm pets. Stay the night in one of two self contained accommodation options, from $100 double including self serve breakfast.
Stoney Oaks Wildlife Park & Farmstay
356 Kaimata Road, RD 8, Inglewood
www.rarebreeds.co.nz/stoneyoaks4.html Phone: 06 756 7624
Up to 5 people can stay over night in The Barn. The Barn is built from macrocarpa and corrugated iron, there's a deer antler chandelier, and antlers and horns have been used for door handles, towel rails and light fittings. Meet farm animals like kunekune pigs, highland cattle and deer. Stoney Oaks is located 8km from Inglewood.
422 Makuhou Road, 'Tyrone', RD 2, Marton
www.rangitikeifarmstay.co.nz Phone: 06 327 4495
Rangitikei Farmstay is set on a 630 hectare working farm that has been in the Stewart family since 1901. Stay in a rustic hut, or the bunkhouse which is furnished with farming and family history from $30 per night (minimum two night stays apply). Farm activities can be booked including a shearing demonstration - you can even have a go yourself if you're keen. Overnight guests can join the Animal Tour free of charge.
16 Kowhai Ford Road
www.wackystays.co.nz Phone: 03 319 5033
Wacky Stays has a collection of unusual accommodation options including a house truck, yurt and colonial wagon. Guests can visit the onsite farm park free of charge. From $169 per night.
Onuku Road (6kms from Akaroa)
www.onuku.co.nz Phone: 03 304 7066
Gaze up at the stars through the glass roof of a Stargazer wooden tent or park your van for the night. Double, twin, dorm (including girls only) beds are available in the Farm House. Accommodation from $15 a night. Please note: The road to Onuku Farm is winding and narrow in places, drive with care. Enquire about free pick up from Akaroa. (Closed May - September). Onuku Farm is the first stop on The Banks Peninsula Track, there are also shorter walks guests can take on the 430 hectare coastal farm.