Palmerston North City & Manawatu

Manawatu’s Top Family Friendly Farmstays

Manawatu has a fantastic offering of unique farmstays that offer a family friendly experience of a working farm.

1. Rangitikei Farmstay

Run by a young family, you’ll meet Pepper the pig, Colin the ram, Dude and Beau the miniature ponies, Ratbag the goat and many more friendly animals.

Activities range from farm tours, shearing demonstrations where you can have a go, horse and pony rides, glowworm cave adventures, guided hunting, hole in one golf and much more. Accommodation options range from budget friendly bunk house to studio accommodation with a rustic yet modern feel.


Table Flat farmstay
2. Table Flat Farmstay

With views of Mt Ruapehu and the mighty Ruahine Ranges as your backdrop you’ll feel like you are on top of the world at this farmstay.

This is a biological farm that focuses on using natural resources and sciences to run an effective and sustainable farm environment. Check out the local glowworm caves, hike in native bush or just explore the farm itself. After a busy day of adventure, soak in the spa pool underneath the night sky, and enjoy tasty home cooking.


Option1 Canopy Camping Glamping3. Ridge Top Farm Glamping

For a farmstay with a twist, check out Ridge Top Farm for glamping at its finest!  The campsite itself offers two luxury tents, a fully equipped camp kitchen and bathroom, a fully covered dining area with views and a campfire. Best of all, there are two outdoor baths where you can lie back with a glass of wine and soak up the serene surroundings.

Activities available include a ‘Glamp n Tramp’ over scenic farmland, clay bird shooting, feed the pet goat, collect the hens eggs or check out a live sheep shearing demonstration.

mt huia quad tour4. Mt. Huia Farmstay

Enjoy a self contained cottage or studio, to a fully hosted bed and breakfast experience, Mt. Huia caters for your every need.

Here you can unwind and relax, get out and about with farm activities on the quad bike, bush walks unique to Mt.Huia, and have private river access for swimming and exploring. Book in for a farm tour and take part in the day to day running of a New Zealand farm.


Please note this information should be used as a guide only.  To help ensure your safety we advise you review our safety page and contact the individual provider for up to date information on their compliance with all Health and Safety and regulatory requirements.