Mt Huia Farmstay offers you the opportunity to experience a real New Zealand hill country sheep and cattle farm while staying in your choice of accommodation; either a cosy self-contained cottage (Hodd Cottage) or in our homestead with hosted bed and breakfast (Homestead B&B).

This is the ultimate escape whether you are after a family farm holiday, a quiet break in the countryside or a stopover on your journey north or south. Our peaceful New Zealand country environment is only 10 minutes from State Highway 1 on the Manawatu Scenic Route, halfway between Rotorua and Wellington. There is plenty to get involved with on the farm plus we are on two designated cycle routes (Cycle Stays), close to unique golf courses and the majestic Rangitikei River for fishing and water activities.

Mt Huia Farmstay is a special experience for you because:

  • We are a 350 hectare (865 acre) working farm with 2200 Romney sheep and 300 pure Angus cattle, plus small herds of wild Fallow deer
  • It is centrally located in the lower North Island between Wellington and Rotorua, and only 10 minutes off State Highway 1
  • You are able to join in with the day-to-day farm work* (kids particularly love this!), learning about all the facets of New Zealand farming as you go
  • There is private access to a safe river for swimming and exploring
  • The Rangitikei region is a renown location for fishing, kayaking, white water rafting, golf and cycling
  • You have a choice of accommodation in self-contained Hodd Cottage, or bed and breakfast rooms with ensuites in our Homestead B&B
  • You can choose to self-cater or enjoy Virginia’s delicious catered meals; and there’s a popular country café at nearby Mangaweka village
  • We are nestled amongst pockets of native bush full of bird song, and on clear nights the skies are full of stars visible to the naked eye
  • Our spacious lawns and well maintained attractive gardens provide a lovely place to rest and relax

The farm has been owned and run by Neil and Virginia Travers since 1983; we look forward to welcoming you to Mt Huia Farmstay. 

*Please note farm work is seasonal and subject to weather and ground conditions. We strongly recommend a minimum stay of two nights if you wish to join in with what's happening on the farm, and please let us know prior to your stay if this is of interest to you. Months July - September can be quite wet, and is a quieter time on the farm so there may be days where no on-farm work is happening. We lamb/calf in September through to early October and access on the farm is restricted during those weeks to ensure mothers and their young are not disturbed.

Thank you for our second holiday this year. We feel rebalanced and refreshed. We love your farm and we love the Rangitikei. Thanks for taking the boys out possum shooting. It’s all very special.
- B de L, Wellington

A terrific spot to relax with wonderful food and comfort plus. This is a great place for a holiday.
- DH & VB, Taranaki

Thank you for a wonderful stay comfortable, warm and welcoming. We hope to return.
- J&P, Canada