Your Hosts

Your hosts, Neil and Virginia, have been farming at Mt Huia for almost 35 years and have offered farmstay accommodation for over 30 years. They take pride in providing a homely, relaxed environment and enjoy providing guests with an authentic New Zealand hill country farm experience.

Having travelled extensively themselves, and with a strong interest in world affairs, they enjoy meeting and conversing with guests.

Neil was raised on a sheep and beef farm in the central North Island. He takes great pleasure in discussing farming practises and policies, and always welcomes the company of guests, including children, on his frequent trips onto the farm.

Virginia left an urban environment for a life “on the other side of the fence” when she married Neil. A retired dietitian, her focus is now on ensuring Mt Huia Farmstay guests are well looked after, combined with her many other interests. She has a love of cooking, which is reflected in the delicious biscuits and meals she produces.

 

About Mt Huia Farm

Mt Huia is the historical name of this sheep and cattle farm which was cleared of native trees in the late 1800's to make it possible to develop pastureland and establish production of lamb, beef and wool. With division of the property and changing ownership, Mt Huia now comprises 350 hectares (865 acres) and carries 2200 Romney sheep and 300 pure Angus cattle.

The farm is made up of 46 wire-fenced paddocks, with water provided to stock via man-made dams and fresh water troughs. A system of bulldozed tracks allows easy access with the 4WD quad bikes, or ute in dryer months.

At 500m above sea level Mt Huia enjoys four distinct seasons, but as New Zealand is made up of small islands in large oceans, many variations in weather pattern can occur. The area has beautiful still Autumn days; Summers can be hot and dry but always the evenings are cooler; and it does snow at Mt Huia in Winter - usually 2 - 3 falls a year but it generally settles for only a few hours. The lambs and flowering bulbs of Spring are always a welcome sight!

The farm is named ‘Mt Huia’ after the Huia bird which is now extinct, but the last reported sightings of it were in this area. Other historical features are the sea shells and fossils found within the sandstone on various parts of the farm. 

Many stands of native trees still remain, some in large reserves and others in conservation pockets throughout the farm. Along with sheer sandstone cliffs, deep river gorges, majestic mountain ranges and stunning scenery, they characterise the Rangitikei and Northern Manawatu regions in which Mt Huia is located.