For a memorable experience spend a night or two soaking up the atmosphere on a small Kiwi farm and get to know the locals. Our farmstay is located a close 6km from historic Oamaru, making our farm a convenient rural retreat.
Our spacious Oamaru stone family home is situated amongst trees and gardens. We farm a total of 200 acres, mainly beef cattle & sheep. In Kiwi terms our farm is considered to be on the small side, however a stay with us will give you an insight into the farming lifestyle.
From August to October we rear calves and orphaned lambs. We have pet sheep which can be hand fed and patted, as well as 3 friendly farm dogs, Muffin the house cat, Greta the naughty goat, chickens and dugs. Sometimes we also have pigs.
In spring and summer we usually have an extensive vegetable garden growing which you are welcome to explore.
Room One has a King bed which can also convert to 2 single beds. Room Two has a Queen size bed. Electric blankets are on all beds. Linen, towels & locally produced artisan soap provided.
A trundle bed is available if your travelling party has a 5th person, which would be set up in Bedroom One. If there are 6 people in your travel group, please contact me to discuss bedding configurations.
Large bathroom with separate toilet. Heated towel rail, shower, bathtub and hairdryer available for use.
* Continental Breakfast the next morning - assorted cereals, yoghurt, toast, jams (usually homemade), freshly baked scones or similar, seasonal fruit, juice, tea/coffee/milo.
*Afternoon Tea is you arrive at the right time!
* Brief tour of farm to feed the animals (dependant on weather and time available).
* Free wifi internet for checking emails.
* Evening meal $30 per person for main & dessert. At least 2 days notice required. This is shared with our family and is a great way of getting to know one another.
* Sheep shearing demonstration is available at a cost of $25 - dependant on my husband's work schedule, the weather & if we have any woolly sheep hanging around. If interested please mention in advance and we'll try our best to make it happen.
An outdoor gas BBQ is available for your use should you wish to cook your own evening meal, we provide BBQ utensils.
Other kitchen facilities are NOT available, however you can put food in our fridge if you need to.
Family friendly and our children enjoy meeting children from other parts of the world. Sorry our facilities are unsuitable for children under 3 years of age.
Wander the farm, get to know the animals - kids love feeding the sheep and collecting the eggs from the hens. At certain times of the year you can help with feeding calves and lambs.
Make sure you visit Oamaru - I think you'll be impressed with what there is on offer in this part of the world. The scenery is breathtaking and there is much to see and do. We would love to have you stay at our farmstay and get to know our little part of New Zealand!
Certain areas of the house are not available for guest access as this is also our family home. You are however more than welcome to share our lounge room (especially nice during winter when the fireplace is roaring).
An outdoor gas BBQ is there for cooking simple meals, however our kitchen is NOT available for guest use (although you can store food in our fridge).
More than welcome to wander the flower and vegetable gardens.
Access to the house is via a staircase, so not suitable for wheelchairs.
Interaction with Guests
Working from home gives us the freedom to be around however some times we are busy and short on time. We do however really enjoy meeting folks from all parts of the world and have in the past had some interesting and entertaining conversations which are the rewarding part of hosting guests.
We love the uniqueness of Oamaru, and it is home to wonderful Victorian buildings made from Oamaru stone including the Opera House, Museum and a collection of historic buildings in Harbour Street. They even hold a Victorian Heritage Celebration in November. There's a fabulous Farmers Market held in the Victorian Precinct every Sunday, where you can purchase local produce, visit arts & crafts shops, see local shopkeepers dressed in Victorian style clothes.
If you enjoy bird watching then just down the road from (website hidden) you will find Devils Bridge Wetlands. And on the subject of birds - Oamaru is home to Blue Penguins and Yellow Eyed Penguins - its a bit of a bird lovers paradise really!
What else can you find around Oamaru? There are coastal walks and mountain bike riding - the Alps2Ocean Bike Trail passes by Oamaru. Steampunk has set up headquarters here so make sure you check out their displays. The local Oamaru Gardens are a sight to behold, especially in springtime. And did I mention there are some amazing cafes & bakerys around town? Just out of town is Riverstone, an award winning restaurant with amazing vegetable gardens and gift shop. Oamaru is the perfect base for daytrips to Elephants Rocks & Vanishing World, Moeraki Boulders, the lakes, Kurow and its winerys.
No public transport goes past the farm. More suitable for self-drive travellers or keen cyclists.
For a fee we can provide pick up & drop off for small travel groups (2 to 3 people).
Other Things to Note
You can share an evening meal with our family for $30 per person. Please give us at least 2 days notice if you would like to join us for dinner.
The most important rule is "Enjoy your stay with us!"
A few others are:
No smoking either in the house or on the farm.
Wireless internet is free of charge, but please no big downloads.
We are a family home so please respect that. Only enter the rooms that we have shown are available for your use.
Everything is perfect. The house, The farm and the garden are so beautiful. Jennie's family is so nice.! The food is so yummy! We had a great time with this family. We are so impressed by their hard working and the way they build up their life. Wish to come back again!
Very comfortable and cool experience with jennie and her cute kids,jennie show us everything we may need and let us feed the (website hidden) really cool cuz i havent done that before,the accommodation is very cozy and convince,weather is not that good but we feel warm there^_^很棒的地方！很好的主人:-)
We had an enjoyable one night's stay at Jennie's. The room was spacious and comfortable, and the whole apartment was lovely. There was also a shower along with a huge tub. Jennie was extremely friendly and has a warm personality; we enjoyed the chats we had with her. She was knowledgeable and helpful, giving us tips on penguins viewing, food places, and sharing her farming experience. Breakfast was lovely with a large variety of items. We also got to tour around the working farm and feed her cute pet goat Greta, and the sheep. Highly recommend this farmstay, which is located just 5 mins' drive from the town centre.
My stay at the Gumtree Farmstay was more than I could have imagined! Jennie and her family made me feel comfortable and at home. She let me do laundry and made a wonderful breakfast in the morning, accompanied with some great conversations. I also helped move sheep, learned about their farm, and met Greta the naughty goat. Absolutely amazing experience with lovely people. Thank you, Jennie for the memories!
Jennie and Grant are great hosts! They were very warm and hospitable during through out our stay. Really appreciate that Jennie took time to prepare a delicious homemade breakfast and showed us around their farm. Very beautiful home. Highly recommended!
Thank you Vivienne and Tommy for leaving a review. I've done my best to translate!
"Very, very pleasant stay ! jennie is a very good landlord , cheerful, warm, breakfast is also doing good to eat ! We lived in a big bed room , bed and rooms are furnished very comfortable ( with heating a blanket ) , toilet and bathroom are separate, very large bathroom with a jacuzzi . The landlord family has two cute puppies , as well as a gentle cat , some cute bunny ( in the yard ), jennie also took us to feed the sheep , farm walks , in short, is to experience a very pleasant stay , if the next we also have the opportunity to once again willing to stay with friends, feeling very happy"
Jennie, Grant, and their 3 children are great hosts. They made us feel so at home and are such fun! Everything was clean and comfortable, Jennie's baking is delicious, and we really enjoyed our little farm tour and especially the visiting. Wish we could have stayed longer! Thanks also for the recommendations for Old Town and lunch. We enjoyed both very much!
Our family is a blend of Kiwi and Aussie. We recently jumped the ditch and returned to New Zealand - my husband had a yearning to be on the land again.
Both my husband and I enjoy the rural lifestyle and hope our 3 school age children will benefit from more of a grass roots upbringing. We are loving our farm life with it's menagerie of crazy animals and enjoy sharing this experience with others.
We both backpacked overseas when younger and also spent a year travelling around Australia in a caravan. We're a fairly easy going family and have been thoroughly enjoying hosting people from all parts of the world.