Activities on the farm and local tours

 

'Rise and Shine' Sheep Milking Experience

Join us for a hands on sheep milking experience

 

Our East Friesian dairy sheep are hand milked daily around sunrise. In this experience you will share in our knowledge of the science and the art of milking sheep and pandering to their whims.

Hear their individual stories, feed them their gourmet breakfast, bottle feed lambs and experience the morning routine of the farm.

We use our milk to make artisan cheeses - see below for details of cheesemaking classes

 

Two persons $120, additional people $20 each.

Includes refreshments.

Advance bookings required.

See inside our working farm

 

We can customise our farm tours to match your interests. Simply take a tour of a working farm and meet the friendly animals or learn more about a particular topic –  growing food, raising animals/ meat, dairy, passive solar design, permaculture, or self sufficiency. If you have any other particular interest please let us know.

 

Farm tours are usually about 1 hour.

$25 per person (children $10). Minimum $50.

 

Farm tours are included if you are staying at the farmstay

Join us for a hands on sheep milking experience

Our East Friesian dairy sheep are hand milked daily around sunrise. In this experience you will share in our knowledge of the science and the art of milking sheep and pandering to their whims.

Hear their individual stories, feed them their gourmet breakfast, bottle feed lambs and experience the morning routine of the farm.

We use our milk to make artisan cheeses - see below for details of cheesemaking classes

 

Two persons $120, additional people $20 each.

Includes refreshments.

Advance bookings required.

'Rise and Shine' Sheep Milking Experience
Cheesemaking
Activities on the farm

Learn to make simple cheeses at home

 

Cheesemaking is easy and with not much in the way of special ingredients or equipment you can make yummy cheeses in your own kitchen.

Lyndal has been making goat and sheep cheeses for 5 years and makes over 20 types of cheese.

Learn to make Halloumi, ricotta and queso blanco in a 3-4 hour morning class. These are very versatile cheeses and also teach you most of the skills you need to tackle many basic cheese recipes.

 

$65 per person, min $90
advance bookings required

 

You can learn other types of cheese by arrangement - please discuss with us what you woudl like.

Staying on our farm?

If you are staying on the farm you may be able to participate in some of the following activities. Some are seasonal so may not be available, however if you have a particular interest please let us know.

 

Farm tours 

Milking goats and sheep

Bottle feed pet lambs or goat kids

Brushing goats

Taking goats walking to eat and climb willow trees

Collecting eggs and feeding chickens

Meet and feed our pigs

Harvest or planting of vegetables 

Harvest herbs for drying to make herbal teas
Relax in the hammock under a tree and read a book
Soak in the Jacuzzi

Have a quiet game of petanque in the sheltered farm courtyard
Play with baby goats

Go for a cycle ride to the beach

Walk to the top of the road for a lovely view of the coast

Walk down the local river bed – a nice loop walk

Wine Tours

Let us share our local knowledge of the wonderful vineyards in our area

Waipara region makes some excellent wines and has many wineries with cellar doors open to the public. We can offer a 2 hour tour to 3 or 4 local wineries customised to your level of knowledge and interest. An introductory tour for those with limited wine experience to a comparitive varietals tour for the conniseur.

 

$60 per person, minimum 2 people

 

If you are staying on the farm you can purchase a bottle to have with your evening meal