Staying on a farm is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the rural lifestyle – fresh air, clean water, wide-open spaces, animals and epic scenery. You can enjoy the comforts of modern life like Wi-Fi, hot showers and Netflix whilst staying in remote locations renowned for their hospitality. Many of the farmstays offer farm tours which are a great chance to learn about innovative farming practices and witness the daily routine involved in running a successful farm.
Here in the Mackenzie Region we’re blessed to have so many excellent farmstays to choose from – it’s hard to just pick five. Check out the five below to get started, and you can view all the accommodation here (filter by accommodation type ‘farmstay’). Enjoy!
Sawdon Station is a unique high country sheep station, situated only a few minutes from the town of Takapō/Lake Tekapo. Featuring three farm holiday houses for large or small groups, with farm tours offered. Make your holiday at Sawdon Station as active or as quiet as you like.
Sawdon Station’s accommodation makes a perfect base for walking, mountain biking, fishing, boating, or just relaxing in summer and is in an ideal location in winter for skiing at Roundhill, Mt Dobson.
More info here: Sawdon Station
2. Quail Rest
Quail Rest is located at Totara Peak Station which is a working High Country Merino Sheep Station situated on the shores of Lake Benmore, 22km from Twizel Township. This luxury accommodation is off the grid and supported by solar and gas, and a log wood burner.
Quail Rest is a two-minute walk to the lake and there is a sheltered mooring if you have a boat. Views overlooking Lake Benmore and unobstructed views of Aoraki/Mount Cook. They can also arrange a fishing guide to get the catch of the day.
More info here: Quail Rest
Highlands Farm Stay is a unique farm stay experience located on a 75-acre farm just 5km from the Twizel township. Choose from the cottage, the huts or the executive farm barn.
Their farm animals have been hand-reared and love being hand-fed by guests. Animals include cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens. The fencing at the farm ensures that you can have as much or as little interaction with the animals as you choose. Complimentary animal feed is available. Enjoy incredible uninterrupted views of the unique Mackenzie landscape.
More info here: Highlands Farmstay
Braemar Station offers a range of authentic backcountry accommodation options for travellers, conveniently located along the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail. Choose from four unique self-contained accommodation options that take advantage of the stunning vistas of the hilltop and its surrounds.
Braemar is a working station, farming Perendale sheep, beef cattle and deer. Dry air, hot summers and cold, crisp winters with vast and spectacular views of Mt Cook, the Southern Alps and Lake Pukaki. The lake offers good trout fishing, boating and numerous picnic spots off the beaten track. There are great farm tracks for mountain biking and walking. Braemar Station is 30 mins from Takapō/Lake Tekapo, 40 mins from Twizel and 1 hour from Aoraki/Mount Cook. Bring your food, friends and camera to enjoy this unique and peaceful part of NZ.
More info here: Braemar Station
Marytrickle is a spacious, warm, two-bedroom apartment with all the amenities you would require for an enjoyable stay. Located on an award-winning Merino sheep farm between Takapō/Lake Tekapo and Twizel. Marytrickle is perfect for stargazing under the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve without town light pollution. Enjoy the tranquillity of rural farm life while experiencing what the Mackenzie Region has to offer.
It is an ideal location for those cycling the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail. Drop-offs and pickups are available between Mt Cook Station and Twizel. Modern kitchen, outdoor BBQ area, deluxe bathroom, washing machine & dryer, plush queen-sized beds, free Wi-Fi and smart TV. Plus there are cute farm animals you can feed – great fun for kids!
More info here: Marytrickle