Farming plays a vital part in the New Zealand economy, and much of the country is agricultural farmland. No trip to New Zealand is complete without seeing how a New Zealand farm operates. See a working dairy, beef or sheep farm and enjoy views of native bush, unique bird life, sheep, cattle, quail and deer from your comfortable four-wheel drive vehicle. Many tours will provide you with the opportunity to watch sheep shearing, deer and goat farming, sheep dogs working, milk a cow, feed lambs, or go on an interactive tour of a farm. Read more about private New Zealand farm tours.
North Island Farm Tours
Hawkes Bay Farm Tour (privately guided): During this privately guided tour experience this amazing 140-year old sheep and cattle station at Clifton Beach, which has been in the same family for five generations. Soak up the beautiful views after walking through the coastal garden farm buildings and old wool shed. Be intrigued at how the sheep dogs work, rounding up the sheep and bringing them into the yards. Perhaps even have a go yourself! The views on this farm are nothing short of magnificent! At the completion of your day perhaps enjoy a coffee or refreshments at the Clifton Bay Cafe, the perfect way to top off your kiwi farm experience.
Hobbiton Farmland Tours, Matamata: On private farmland in Matamata discover the real Hobbiton and Middle Earth. For those interested in the Lord of the Rings this is an amazing tour taking you through lovely farmland, with views across the Kaimai Ranges. The ‘Hobbiton’ set is still a working sheep and beef farm and a very interesting stop during your stay in New Zealand.
Longlands Farm, Matamata: Longlands offers a very unique experience to its visitors, giving them the opportunity to view a working Dairy farm. Amongst the Kaimai Ranges Longlands is a great example of a New Zealand dairy farm where visitors can speak to those who are first hand to the farming life. Opposite the farm is a a restaurant where some of the finest ruaral cuisine can be experienced.
Lahar Farm, Tongariro National Park: This is a great opportunity to see a working farm and or tour the property via 4wd right next to the rugged Tongariro National Park where parts of Lord of the Rings was filmed. The 600 hectare / 1,500 acre Lahar farm is nestled at the foot hills of Mt Ruapehu and is worth visiting for the scenery alone. There is also a lake with Rainbow trout if you wanted to try your hand at fishing.
South Island Farm Tours
South Island High Country Farm Tour (privately guided): Experience the Queenstown high country with this discovery tour. This tour will take you to farmland with majestic views of the valley and Diamond Lake. Enjoy an easy nature walk through the bush and ancient forest. The livestock on the station include sheep, cattle and deer. Explore the station, how it works and also touch deer velvet. Perhaps finish with wine tasting at Rippon Vinyard which overlooks Lake Wanaka.
Middle Rock: Just one hour north of Christchurch is Middle Rock farm. On this farm there are over 7,000 wool producing sheep. The farm boasts views of the Mt. Hutt range and the property is boarded by the Rakaia River. The tour of Middle Rock includes viewing seasonal farming activities, sheep dog mustering, sheep handling and lamb feeding.
Glen Dene Farm: In the high country of Wanaka experience Glen Dene Farm. Explore the Glen Dene Station, which is a fully operating sheep, cattle and deer farm. With views out to Lake Hawea this is a picturesque day tour well worth adding to your itinerary if in the Wanaka region. The day will include a walk through the farmland and ancient ‘dinosaur’ forest. Enjoy the shearing shed experience and feel the softness and lanolin smell of merino wool. This is a tour for the whole family.
Private Farm Tour New Zealand: We have a range of professional and informative guides that we utilise in various areas around New Zealand. Contact us about including a private farm tour in your New Zealand experience.
Family Farm Tour New Zealand: If you are bringing your family to New Zealand then a private tour of a working farm is highly recommended. Luxury Adventures can tailor the tour to fit your families requirements including age, time available, location, type of farm, interests etc. Contact us for more information on including a family farm tour in your itinerary.
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