The view is magnificent at Maungakawa Views! Just breathtaking! Our stay was everything I had hoped for. Shirley and Alan are kind and lovely people. They made us feel welcome and at home. They took me to visit with the animals and I even got to feed baby calves! So much fun! We really enjoyed talking with Shirley and Alan and felt like we got a glimpse of life for a New Zealand farmer. Amazing place. Amazing people!
Thank you Shirley and Alan for your hospitality!
We spent a magnificent three nights at Maungakawa Views. Shirley and Alan made us feel so welcome, from the loving attention that Shirley gave to our two boys to the great experiences Alan allowed us to share with him on the farm. Shirley is also an excellent cook. Our meals with Alan and Shirley, our evening chats, and the experiences with the sheep, chickens, and cows made us feel that we had gotten a really good experience of life on a New Zealand farm, and been part of the family for a few days.
This farmstay is perfect for families with kids. Our 6-year-old son actually broke into tears when we left, rounded the corner, and Maungakawa Views disappeared from view, when he realized how much he'd be missing Alan and Shirley.
Shirley and Alan were amazing hosts! They provided us with a great insight into their daily farm activities including for example, chopping firewood, herding sheep, feeding their animals and many many more.
Shirley is also an amazing cook! We enjoyed a delicious home-cooked dinner and breakfast :)
The facilities were clean and the bed was comfortable.
Our stay in this beautiful farmstay is one of the best memories for our recent visit to NZ. Shirley and Alan are the best host ever! We miss every single moments spent in this lovely farmstay; we miss every single meal prepared by Shirley; we miss the beautiful farmland; we miss the wonderful and educational farm tour conducted by Alan; we love the tractor ride; we miss all the animals there especially Boy and Joe; Our daughter miss the trampoline very much; we miss the lovely house with beautiful gardens; we miss the comfy beds and our lovely room; we also miss our hiking trip up the nearby mountain! Thank you Alan & Shirley for your kindness, thoughtfulness and hospitality!
Alan and Shirley were absolutely fantastic as hosts. From the tours of the farm to the home cooked meals, this was a highlight to our vacation in New Zealand. We should have stayed 2 or 3 nights instead of just one! My kids are still asking to go back to play with Riley the lamb and the head dog of the farm, Joe. I'm missing the vegetables of Shirley's garden. The wife is missing the comfortable bed and the bird sounds in the morning. What a great experience. Thanks Alan and Shirley!
I went to Alan & Shirley farmstay for two nights which is unforgettable! My parents are so happy to have such experience that we can never try in Hong Kong, definitely. Alan & Shirley are very nice! You will just feel like home. You will not forget Shirley's cooking, ESP the apple crumble and chocolate.
We miss Railey (a sheep) so much!
Thanks Alan & Shirley again for everything! :)
Being city dwellers, we had never stayed on a farm. Also since we live in Canada we knew about the farms that we have here but certainly not about sheep farms. Our hosts were super welcoming and accommodating. You can do as much or as little as you wish. We wanted the full experience and so we were given a tour of the small area with their hens that laid the fresh eggs that we had the next morning, the pet baby sheep, horse and so on. The views were quite spectacular and so the name of the establishment is appropriate. We marveled at the trained dogs who herded the sheep and cattle. We saw a lamb being sheared. Saw and learned about their beekeeping operation. We helped put down a fence. All in all in was very educational for city slickers.
One note. It is no longer true that there are more sheep than people in New Zealand. As we drove to the farm we noticed that all the farms had cattle and not sheep. It seems that cattle provide a much better income than sheep and so most farmers have moved to cattle. This was true for our hosts too but they kept enough sheep so that they could show tourists what they wanted to see. We spent one day here and I think that is enough but it is worth the time if you are interested in how small farmers live and work.