Manawatu has a fantastic selection of unique farmstays available that offer unforgettable family friendly experiences on a working farm. Come and enjoy genuine Kiwi hospitality at its best!

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, glow worm 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. 

Small child playing with a donkey at Rangitikei Farmstay

Meet the animals at Rangitikei Farmstay

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 glow worm 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. 

Farmstay Table Flat

Views with Mt Ruapehu in the distance

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. 

Children around a fire at Ridge Top Farm

Glamping Setup at Ridge Top Farm

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. 

Drone footage of Mt Huia farmstay

Drone footage of Mt Huia Farmstay

Mairenui Rural Retreat

Escape to a picture perfect rural haven just 10km off State Highway One from MangawekaMairenui Rural Retreat is ideal for travellers seeking total tranquility in serene and scenic surrounds.  Learn about the history of the original homestead, a restored villa full of character and legacy. You will be well taken care of by the friendly hosts, treated to excellent meals, awaken to the sound of birdsong in the gardens and have the opportunity to greet the sheep and horses on the farm.

Homestead at Mairenui Rural Retreat

Mairenui Rural Retreat

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.

Centrally located in the lower North Island, Manawatu has a diverse range of accommodation options available.

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