This was Beverly and I's first trip to New Zealand. We are staying for 3 months and we started our trip by booking into Milk and Honey Cottage. I contacted Meagan months ago to set up the booking because I heard that New Zealand is very busy in it's peak season.
Meagan was so helpful with telling me about the accommodations, the surrounding area and about a farm stay. We decided to stay 2 weeks to acclimate ourselves into the New Zealand culture. That turned to be a fantastic choice.
Upon arriving to John and Meagan's property, which is a beautiful drive outside of Raedihi, we were bowled over by the beauty, the view and the peacefulness of River Bend farm. We were greeted by both Meagan and John and welcomed to the cottage. We took Meagan up on one of her dinners that night and she brought us a wonderful meal of venison, fresh vegetables, salad and dessert. What a great 1st day in NZ. She has great granola, yogurt and coffee also.
For the next two weeks we were treated to feeling like part of their family by being able to go fly fishing, have a farm tour with John, get up and close to the animals, getting to know the grandkids and being part of the spirit and happiness that the Wards have created at River Bend.
To be able to have miles of a beautiful trout stream to myself was a perk that I never imagined. I caught and released some big rainbows and browns and the scenery on the river was stunning and the land felt untouched by humans.
Since we left River Bend, we have said several times that we want to go back and experience the peace and quiet, the beauty and the wonderful experience of being part of this very special place.
Meagan and John, Thank you and no doubt when we come back to the North Island, you will see us again.
Mitch and Beverly
Had 2 nights here which is really the minimum to enjoy the whole deal. Hidden away at the end of an unsealed road Meagan, John and family give you the full 5 star welcome and aftercare. You stay in a detached little self contained cottage with views across the valley and into the sunset. If you need some catering, Meagan can prepare a wholesome evening meal and/or breakfast. Our quiet day was spent walking the farm and reading. Lovely place to stay and I can't recommend it enough.
Had great stay here. Beautiful secret valley and river. Lovely quiet and green. Enjoyed the time out from the Auckland madhouse.
Megan and John are super friendly.
Snowy the orphaned lamb was the wife's highlight! Hopefully Millie the lab can go back to sleeping in her chair by the cottage.
Plan to come back and explore the national park area more and hit the ski slopes next time. So much to do down this way.
We have stayed in many places in the world and Milk and Honey cottage really attracted us is the country side horse riding. My son love horse riding. Lucy Megan's daughter is an excellent horse trainer and my son thoroughly enjoyed riding with her twice. Cost NZ$50 for each 1 hour Ride. I learned from the Farmstay tour they have over 2500 acres of land we were taken to the top of the Hill and was overwhelmed with the beautiful view. Their jersey cows were great first time was so near so many cows. Megan's home cooking was excellent we all enjoyed the lunch and dinner. Both my kids enjoyed their pup Lab and their other dogs. Unfortunately the trip was too short we did not have time to go fishing, walking in the hills and bicycling. We would certainly come back again. You can call Megan any time to book their cottage 64 6385 4366 or email to her at email@example.com. Be sure to call or email to Meagan she will give you very detailed instructions how to get to her place and you must book in advance for the Dinner. Must get there by 5pm hard to find during night time.
Milk and Honey cottage is one of those rare places that you are just lucky enough to happen upon, and wonder how you got so lucky. My husband and I stayed two nights at Meagan and John's slice of paradise, but we could have easily stayed much longer. They run a busy cattle and sheep farm, and it is a delight to be amongst the hustle and bustle of a working farm, but the hosts were never too busy to see if we needed anything or to answer our hundreds of questions. One of the friendliest and most generous families that we have stayed with, it almost feels like you are visiting friends. Their breath-taking property is expansive and heavenly, any direction you look, you'll see snow covered mountains, rolling green hills, peaceful grazing sheep and cows, and crystal clear rivers. The self-contained cottage is cozy, clean and well equipped, with fantastic views out of any window. The back patio is very peaceful and a great spot for watching a glorious sunset or star-gazing on a clear night. We hiked a bit around their property, fished in their river and wished we'd had more time for exploring. It was within easy driving distance to Tongariro National Park and other site seeing adventures. It is just a little off the beaten path and the drive up to the farm has some incredible views. We loved our time at Milk and Honey Cottage and would love to go back one day. P.S. Meagan is a great cook! Be sure to order one of her farm-to-table meals while you are here! They also sell incredible, rich honey (which made great gifts to bring back to family)
My husband and I have lived in 19 countries, visited 106 in the world and this small cottage on a working farm takes a lot of beating! With stunning views, rivers, valleys and mountains we found a little piece of heaven. Meagan and John are the ultimate hosts, giving us inside info on fishing, and taking us to,secluded spots in the bush on their property. If you wish to get away from it all and have peace and tranquility this charming cottage is the place to go. Just wonderful.
A great find! Off the beaten track farmstay with welcoming hosts who were willing to share this part of their world with us. Beautiful views of the valley. Highly recommend you order your dinner from Meagan - delicious food.