Rural Round Up 2023

26 April - 2 May 2023

Discover diverse farming methods and unusual rural lifestyles travelling in Autumn.

Back by popular demand. Come and join us on this new rural adventure. We’ve tracked down more amazing farms and stations - this time in the North Island, with East Cape and Waikato our focus. From remote hill country properties to rolling Waikato pastures, we discover diverse farming methods and unusual rural lifestyles.

Day 1

Wednesday 26 April - Rare and Ancient Sheep Breeds

We meet at Palmerston North this morning, with transfers arranged from Wellington, Kapiti, Palmerston North, Wairarapa and other surrounding areas. Here we will enjoy morning tea together at a local café (inclusive). We then make our way to Wimbledon where we meet a farmer passionate about rare and historic sheep breeds. We will see varieties such as Jacob sheep, an ancient breed originally taken to Scotland by the Vikings, and we’ll learn about the heritage and animal husbandry requirements of this and other unusual breeds. We enjoy a picnic lunch (included) in the hospitable surrounds of a country woolshed before continuing our journey through southern Hawke’s Bay countryside to Napier, our destination today. We dine in at our hotel this evening.

Day 2

Thursday 27 April - Hill Country in Poverty Bay

We continue our travels north today, passing the spectacular Mohaka Gorge with its impressive viaduct, and enjoying a morning tea stop on the banks of the Wairoa River. We then divert off the main road and take the spectacular inland route up through Tiniroto. Near Tiniroto we visit Mahaanui, a 614 hectare sheep and beef farm where we are hosted for lunch, and learn about farming on this steep isolated country. We then make our way to our destination Gisborne to settle into our accommodation before we dine out this evening at a highly recommended restaurant, only a five minute walk from our accommodation.

Day 3

Friday 28 April - East Coast Farming and a Citrus Orchard

This morning we visit Waipura Station, a sheep and beef hill country farm just 10 minutes out of town. Here we learn about the history of Waipura, enjoy morning tea with the family, and observe demonstrations of farming activities including mustering on horseback with a team of dogs. We return to Gisborne for lunch which is at your own cost and choice.

Poverty Bay is citrus country, and after lunch we’ll take a drive up the coast to Whangara, where we visit Pouawa Citrus Orchard. Here we learn about citrus growing, including an unusual new culinary lime. Finger limes are nicknamed citrus caviar, and we will find out why, as we enjoy a tasting sample, along with a sheep cheese tasting – as this diverse property is also a sheep and beef farm and they run a flock of milking sheep as well.

As we head back towards Gisborne, we will stop off at a couple of scenic spots along the coast and squeeze in a bit more sight-seeing before returning to our accommodation to relax before dinner. We dine out again tonight at another local favourite.

Day 4

Saturday 29 April - the Waioeka Journey – Te Awa a Tamatea

Our travels today take us through the scenic and historic Waioeka Gorge, following a route carved by rivers through the steep forested hills of the Waioeka Gorge Scenic Reserve. Early attempts at farming in here have been progressively abandoned as the terrain proved too steep and the soil poor - the government gradually retiring the land to protect the water catchments. We will stop for a Tranzit cuppa at the historic Tauranga Bridge in the heart of the gorge, with a chance to explore this fascinating spot. Lunch today (own cost) is in the attractive coastal town of Whakatane, before our travels continue across to the Waikato via the scenic Hongi’s Track and the charming twin lakes, Rotoehu and Rotoiti. We dine out tonight at a popular Hamilton restaurant.

Day 5

Sunday 30 April - Farming Alpacas and an Organic Dairy Farm

Alpaca are fascinating animals, and this morning we visit a farm at Gordonton where we learn about alpaca farming and husbandry and get to interact with these animals that are growing in popularity around the country. We enjoy morning tea with our hosts before heading back to Cambridge where we enjoy lunch (at own cost) and a wander. This afternoon we visit an organic dairy farm, where we meet the committed young couple who are milking a mixed herd of mainly shorthorn and Ayrshire cows, before returning to our hotel, where we enjoy relaxed dining in this evening.

Day 6

Monday 01 May - A Tree Church and a Deer Farm

This morning we visit the Ohaupo Tree Church and gardens. This delightful garden features a living chapel made of trees set in beautiful gardens and is a place of quiet contemplation and serenity. We will enjoy our morning cuppa and a stroll around this tranquil spot before we head south.

Making our way to Taupo via a scenic route that follows the hydro stations of the Waikato River, we visit Kitenui Deer Farm and Safari Park – a private wonderland dedicated to the NZ pioneer deer industry, created by our host Murray who was the first to establish a deer farm in the Taupo area. He is also an accomplished artist and sculptor. We will be taken for a wander around the homestead gardens which include amazing life size bronze and concrete wildlife sculptures, before enjoying a farm tour on a tractor and trailer modified to carry people. There are also many more exotic animals such as bison, yak, tahr and wild pigs. The antler room provides the backdrop to our light lunch included.

Continuing on our travels we make our way to Taihape, where we check in for our final night, before heading out to enjoy dinner at a favourite local restaurant.

Day 7

Tuesday 02 May - Rangitikei River Valley and Homeward Bound

With one last trick up our sleeves, this morning we head to a secret spot on the banks of the Rangitikei River. Here we visit River Valley, a business best known for its horse treks, white water rafting and guided hikes. Originally founded by a local family on the genuine dream of sharing the remarkable landscape and river that shapes the Rangitikei District, that dream lives on through three generations of family and committed staff. Here we enjoy lunch without the adrenalin as they share their passion. Enjoy food made with love using freshly picked produce from their own garden. We will also have the opportunity to enjoy a wander of the garden, created when the family first moved to the valley. From here we travel homewards to a central meeting point for our final farewells and home transfers.

The cost of the tour includes

  • All coach travel
  • Good quality hotel accommodation
  • 2 course or buffet evening meals
  • All breakfasts
  • Morning tea on most travelling days
  • Picnic lunch day 1
  • Rare Sheep breeds, Wimbledon: visit
  • Mahaanui Farm, Tiniroto: tour and lunch
  • Waipura Station, Gisborne: morning tea and farm visit
  • Pouawa Citrus, Gisborne: tour and talk
  • Cornerstone Alpacas, Gordonton: tour and morning tea
  • Alexander Organic Dairy Farm, Cambridge: tour
  • The Tree Church, Ohaupo: entry
  • Kitenui Deer Farm, Taupo: lunch and tour
  • River Valley Lodge, Pukeokahu: lunch

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