This lovely, North Island, family friendly, farm stay has great views over the Firth of Thames and the Coromandel mountain ranges and is home to many animals; sheep, horses, hens, pigs and a goat. You’re more than welcome to watch or help out with looking after the animals. The friendly owners have ponies too that can be ridden, and there are several lovely hiking and walking trails in and around the farm. Accommodation is in the form of very comfortable self-catering Read more [...]
Brown Cow Farm Stay, on New Zealand’s North Island is located just off the State Highway, five minutes outside the town of Levin and 60 miles north of Wellington City. It has a very nice, spacious self catering apartment on its lively farm with added amenities like an outdoor swimming pool and a hot tub for guests to enjoy, and it more than makes a great stopover for visitors on their way south to Wellington and NZ’s South Island.
The apartment has one double bedroom with king size bed but it’s also family friendly and the owners can provide two extra fold out beds/mattresses and bedding for a total of two adults and two children to stay.
The living room is a very good size and there is a very well equipped kitchen too. The apartment is completely private and self contained, and guests can have as much or as little privacy as they want.
It has its own veranda with hot tub and gardens with plenty of seating, an outdoor swimming pool (heated from mid November to April) and a children’s playground.
The farm is a fun and interesting place to explore and you’ll find the farm owners super friendly and always willing to show guests around. It’s also right next to the apartment’s gardens and you can hand feed the animals across the fence.
The farm was originally supposed to be just a daffodil farm, and the owners do keep and harvest some in the spring time (Sept-Oct) but it has now also evolved into a home for alpacas, sheep, goats, pigs, hens, rabbits and of course the, by now famous, Brown Cow! Guests can have plenty of interaction with the animals and you’ll find them all very friendly and placid.
As mentioned it can be a great stopping off point for those on the trail to the South Island or for those looking for a rural retreat near Wellington, just 60 miles away. The nearest village is Ohau just two minute’s drive up the road with the larger town of Levin being about 5 minutes.
The apartment is self catering but you’ll find a few good options for dining out in the vicinity including the Butter Brown Kitchen in Ohau, the Quarter Acre Reataurant or Raewyn’s Cafe.
The farm owners will have plenty of practical tips as well as recommendations for what to do and see in the local area. The area is known as Horowhenua and is rich in agricultural heritage, with lots of other farms, a vineyard, and plenty of farmer’s markets and food stalls within a few minutes of the farmstay.
You will also be close to two nice beaches here; Hokio and Waikawa which are both within 15 minutes drive and if you want a slower, but more leisurely look around, you can hire bikes directly from the farm.
WHAT OTHER GUESTS SAY:
“Didn’t want to leave. Loved waking up to the peacefulness and looking out at farm animals. Spa at night was amazing…”
“Just stunning. Such a beautiful place to stay for a long weekend…”
Address: 28 Grande View Terrace
- Laundry Facilities
- Farm With Animals
- Bikes For Hire