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What is the best farmstay in New Zealand?

With plenty of beautiful rolling countryside and picturesque farms spanning the country, New Zealand has a fantastic array of farmstays on offer. But how do you choose the best farmstay in New Zealand?

Farmstays in New Zealand range from quirky assortments of accommodation on a farm (Wacky Stays in Kaikoura gives you the choice of a yurt, a train carriage, a colonial wagon, and more for your stay) to exclusive luxury lodges (The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is ostensibly a sheep farm, though it more closely resembles a luxury golf resort).

Others are homestays on working farms that don’t frequently cater to guests. This means the experience will be more akin to staying with distant relatives than spending the night at accommodation.

For families accustomed to comfortable 4-star accommodation but hoping to experience a slice of idyllic farm life, these are some of the best farmstays in New Zealand:

  • Kamahi Cottage, Otorohanga (North Island)
  • Criffel Station, Wanaka (South Island)
  • Sou’West Cottages, Te Anau (South Island)

Read on for more information about these top options, so you can choose the best farmstay in New Zealand for your family.

Choosing The Best Farmstay in New Zealand

1. Kamahi Cottage, Otorohanga

Kamahi Cottage near Waitomo, one of the best farm stays in New Zealand

Tucked away in lush hill country near the Waitomo Caves, Kamahi Cottage is a luxury farmstay experience at a great price.

Catering for up to 4 guests in one cottage, Kamahi Cottage is ideal for families. In addition, Kamahi Cottage provides the perfect escape for couples seeking a romantic getaway.

This 5-star boutique farmstay offers daily breakfast, a beautifully landscaped garden with stunning views over the surrounding countryside, and gourmet dinners by arrangement. The peaceful, secluded setting is the ideal place to unwind and recharge.

The views from Kamahi Cottage Farmstay near Waitomo
Views from Kamahi Cottage

As one of the only quality accommodation providers near the Waitomo Caves, Kamahi Cottage is the perfect opportunity to combine a cave visit with an indulgent farm experience.

Our popular 7 Day North Island Farm Stay Package and 10 Day North Island Farm Stay Package include a two night stay at Kamahi Cottage. These packages showcase a mix of rural New Zealand, top beaches, and iconic attractions. For example, visit Hobbiton, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Rotorua’s Skyline Gondola, and geothermal reserves, and experience Maori Culture.

2. Criffel Station, Wanaka

Criffel Station High Country Farm Wanaka, one of the best farm stays in New Zealand
Deer at Criffel Station

Criffel Station, a historic high country farm, is an enchanting setting for one of the South Island’s top farmstay experiences.

Instead of covering gently rolling fields like the North Island, Wanaka’s grazing land climbs steep mountainsides covered in golden tussocks. Typical of most high country farms in the area, Criffel Station owns an immense section of land reaching all the way to the tops of nearby ridges.

Criffel Station High Country Farm Wanaka, one of the best farm stays in New Zealand
Touring Criffel Station

Criffel Station offers an immersive taste of Central Otago’s farming history with a stay at the charming historic shearer’s quarters. Alternatively, you can choose from the well-furnished glamping tents or two other cottages on site.

Criffel Station High Country Farm Wanaka

On a tour of the sprawling station, enjoy a hands-on introduction to deer farming and beekeeping. In addition, take the chance to feed friendly farm animals.

3. Sou’West Cottages Te Anau

te anau bed and breakfast
Sou’West Cottages Te Anau

If you are looking for a standard 4-star farmstay rather than a luxury experience, Sou’West Cottages near Te Anau is a fantastic option.

These cosy self-catering cottages are situated on a working farm surrounded by views of the towering Fiordland mountains.

Your welcoming hosts will give you the opportunity to interact with friendly farm animals, from sheep to alpacas. If you wish, you also have the opportunity to see more of the farm on an informative tour.

After exploring the farm, you are perfectly situated to make the most of the opportunities on offer in nearby Fiordland National Park. For example, you will find activities ranging from Milford Sound cruises to hikes on New Zealand’s famous Great Walks.

Experience a New Zealand Farmstay

No matter which destination you choose, a New Zealand farmstay is sure to prove unforgettable. Relax and take in the idyllic countryside views. Spend time getting to know your down-to-earth Kiwi host. And interact with friendly farm animals.

Add the above recommended farm stays to any of our New Zealand holiday packages.

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