Rangitikei Farmstay

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Rangitikei Farmstay is located centrally in the North Island of New Zealand. Situated halfway between Wellington and Taupo, in the heart of the Rangitikei District, 12km northwest of Marton. A historic 120-year-old cottage that was renovated in 2021. With four bedrooms it can sleep up to 8 guests and includes two spacious rooms with a queen bed in each, and two smaller rooms with single/trundler beds. The farmstay has such a warm and cosy feel to it, the kind of vibe that settles you in quickly and makes you never want to leave.

We’ve always said that our favourite thing about travelling and the places we stay, is making new friends. We also believe no matter how unique and special the accommodation is, it’s the hosts that really make your stay exceptional. ‘Kylie’ host, owner and farmer of the property certainly is the hostess with the mostest! From the booking to our departure we felt comfortable, cared for, and truly welcomed in both the space where we were situated and our surrounding area.

The cottage is set in a gorgeous sleepy valley and surrounded by magnificent tree life which includes beautiful native bush. No neighbours in sight! Your only guests will be the native birds or perhaps some furry farm friends, which we didn’t mind one bit. Our first impressions of Rangitikei Farmestay ticked all the boxes, down-to-earth, laidback atmosphere, in a beautiful rural setting. As we explored the indoors an unexpected welcome gift awaited our whānau. A Scully’s gift pack that included beautiful New Zealand made toiletries and a fresh pick of figs thoughtfully gathered from the property’s fig trees for our enjoyment. They were absolutely delicious!

The cottage is filled with cozy interiors, organic textures and earthy colours. Rooms were furnished with quality linen & pockets of fresh flowers in almost every corner. Our little abode for the weekend smelt incredible and felt homely, nothing says ‘relax, sit a while‘ more than rustically styled stays like these. One of my favourite things about the cottage is the beautiful natural light that floods its internal spaces, the home captures both the morning and afternoon sun. We didn’t have to worry about occupying the cottage in the colder months with a heat pump and a crackling fireplace to keep us warm.

The cottage has full kitchen facilities, a breakfast bar, and pantry basics are included in your stay. Homemade muesli, fresh farm eggs, garden herbs, toast, delicious coffee & a selection of teas and spreads. You can also help yourself to some spray-free herbs for your meals which Isaac took advantage of for a mouthwatering Sunday roast.

A farmstay is essentially accommodation on a working farm. Some, like Rangitikei Farmstay, can be interactive, with opportunities to feed animals and learn about life on a working farm. Farmstays are also designed around relaxation, surrounding yourself in a serene atmosphere and less hectic pace of the countryside. A true escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

What you do at Rangitikei Farmstay is completely up to you, depending on your interest and time, there are lots of gems to explore. As guests of Rangitikei Farmstay, we were able to see and do some complementary activities. We were also kindly treated to a Food Foraging & Garden tour, which is a paid activity option that guests are welcome to book during their stay. We learned more about the farm’s love of growing spray-free produce. We had an absolute blast foraging and filling our basket with goodies from the farm’s gardens which include large vegetable and herb gardens, an orchard, a huge strawberry patch, blueberries, and a greenhouse. We thoroughly enjoyed our fresh produce back at our accommodation and had extra to take home.

Rangitikei Farm Stay has an excellent website with lots of detailed and helpful information. You can learn more about what’s on offer during your stay by heading to www.rangitikeifarmstay.co.nz

We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to meet the furry folk who occupy these lands. The Animal and Mini Farm Tour is a relaxed walking tour led by Kylie, who introduced us to the range of friendly animals and guided us through the original farm homestead (now a farm museum and Bunkhouse) and shared with us what it means to be a fourth-generation farmer. We had fun feeding the ponies and coloured sheep, collecting the eggs from the chickens, meeting the family’s gorgeous dogs and learning some fun facts about farming along the way. I absolutely adore the photos we took of our family here. Don’t forget to take a camera!

I’d definitely say our family are active relaxers, however, we do also love a slow meander with no fixed itinerary and no need for timekeeping. So on our adventures, we do carve out space to enjoy simply ‘being’. Easy to do at the cottage, with picture-perfect backdrops, and inviting spaces immersed in nature. Our evenings at the cottage ended with outdoor hot tub soaks under the stars and roasting marshmallows, it really doesn’t get much better than that.

We woke up on our last day, refreshed from the country air and our relaxing stay. We enjoyed a farewell breakfast together before the kids and I took a final walk through the grounds to say goodbye to the animals. While we were out, Isaac had a blast on the e-bikes, gorgeous day for it!

We love to research local playgrounds in the areas we visit, it has become a little ritual for us during our family travels. Te Āhuru Mōwai Playground is situated adjacent to the Memorial Hall at the southern end of Marton in the Rangitikei District. It is a hit with locals and those living in neighbouring towns and settlements and draws families travelling through Rangitīkei off the State Highway into Marton for a travel break. We highly recommend a visit. You know it’s a great place to play when kids not only beg you to visit but also beg you to stay longer!

A huge thank you to Kylie and the Stewart whānau (family) for inviting us to experience Rangitikei Farm, our time here will be forever etched in our hearts.

 

Mā te wā! – Hope to see you back soon for another adventure.

 

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