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Maungakawa Views Farmstays is spread before you
A guest feeding lambs in August
Queen sized bed with en-suite
Family room with twin beds
Your hosts, Shirley & Alan
Mother sheep with twin lambs
World map showing where our guests come from
A guest getting up close to the cows
Lounge with fire burning in the cooler evenings
Sheep in the yard for shearing
Hen with newly hatched chickens
Sheep in the yards for shearing
calves
Our working dogs waiting for their next job
Hereford cattle on our rolling hill country
We have native bush surrounding parts of the farm
Hereford cows eating hay
Hen with chickens
Curious cows
Bush and farmland
Travelling up the driveway to the house
Shirley in the kitchen
A view down the valley
The creek, the stock's water supply
Rooster with hens
The view along Piakonui Road
Vegetables from the garden and fresh eggs
Our home in March
Shearing time for the sheep
Walking in the bush
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Farmhouse -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Matamata, Waikato Region, North Island

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christrox
Lloydminster, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
185 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Flawless, Friendly, Fun!”
Reviewed 22 September 2018 for a stay in September 2018

My wife really wanted to do a farm stay during our holiday in New Zealand, and I stumbled across Shirley & Alan at Maungakawa Views, and I'm so glad I did!

Our stay with them was absolutely flawless. A warm greeting, a tour of the property, and we got to help feed little Percy the orphaned lamb his bedtime bottle!

I wasn't sure how into the whole farming thing I would get - have never been much of an outdoors person - so I loved how Shirley and Alan made me feel so at ease and let me know I could get as involved in the running of the farm as I wanted to. For the first half of our first full day, I was out with my wife helping Alan with the livestock. We stood on a platform at the back of his tractor as he drove us around and we said hello to countless cows and learned all about the farm and the livestock. We even got to help pull some weeds with a special tool.

We then went home for lunch, at which point I decided I was done for the day, and my wife went on her own with Shirley and Alan to do some herding and stuff after lunch while I stayed home. Shirley helped me start up a fire and I watched Dr Phil then went to bed for a nap. I loved that they made me feel so at home and relaxed, and that I was allowed to withdraw for a time and didn't feel pressured to partake in absolutely everything.

We were so thrilled to be there for Thursday evening as Alan plays bowls at the local village hall on Thursdays. He brought us along and we weren't expecting to be allowed to play, but the locals welcomed us with open arms! We we divided into a few teams and played a sort of mini tournament. I was on Alan's team and he was very patient with me as I'd never played before and after my beginner's luck had worn off I played quite horrendously LOL.

This evening of bowls actually turned out to be a highlight of our entire vacation, as we were able to meet and mingle with some true kiwi locals, learn about their lives, and just have fun and relax. Not many tourists get to have this kind of experience!! So thank you Alan for taking us along, and thank you to your friends for making us feel so welcomed and such a part of your group!

In terms of the accommodation, Shirley has a wonderful set-up. My wife and I had our very own room with an ensuite bathroom. We both had plug-sockets and an electric blanket each. There were drawers to store our stuff, and plenty of towels. The bathroom was well equipped, fantastic water pressure in the shower, and everything was clean and well-kept. Shirley even provided us with little bottles of shampoo etc, just as you would expect at a hotel!

There was space to park our car beside the house, and the directions to their property were easy to follow. Their house was particularly easy to find due to a "Maungakawa Views" sign and a New Zealand flag. The road was windy and made of gravel, so be prepared for that. It's accessible to all vehicles.

The food served to us by Shirley was absolutely outstanding. She really pours her love into every dish she prepares, and prides herself on giving us a real authentic Kiwi breakfast each day.

For breakfast we had Weetabix, yoghurt, cooked plums (yum!!!), as well as bacon, sausages, hash browns, eggs, cooked tomatoes, the list goes on. We were very well fed and ready for each day!

Day-time meals included a delicious meatloaf and some sort of corned beef, with potatoes and veg. All very succulent and tasty, even to me (I'm a VERY picky eater!).

The homemade, hot desserts were absolutely sublime. Oh my goodness and don't get me started on Shirley's scones - I ate five of them in one sitting and she even let me have the recipe!

On our first night there the sky was clear so my wife and I went out and laid down on their trampoline and looked up at the sky. Coming from the northern hemisphere, we had never seen the southern cross before, nor Venus. So that was pretty thrilling.

Shirley and Alan really made us feel so welcome and a part of their family. We loved meeting their animals, in particular Percy and their two dogs! Shirley's incredible cooking meant we never felt hungry, and we loved hearing Alan's stories and listening as he poured out his knowledge of the farm. They literally are two of the nicest, most humble and down-to-earth, beautiful, friendly, and welcoming people we have ever met, and they will long live in our memories.

This farm stay was worth every penny, and was the highlight of our entire trip. We would recommend it to everyone and anyone! Thank you Shirley and Alan, may God bless you both abundantly.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
23 Sep 2018
We loved sharing our home and farm with Hannah and Tracy, we really enjoyed their company and hope to meet again. Thank you so much Hannah for the great review.
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lwwho1
eastofeast
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Memories to cherish!”
Reviewed 19 December 2017 for a stay in December 2017
1
person found this review helpful

Our family of 6 stayed just 2 nights on Shirley and Alan's farm, but what a wealth of experience it gave us.

Being city dwellers, we love farmstays and always try to do one on visits to farming regions. All our past farmstay encounters all seem rather contrived with token animal encounters, compared to what Shirley and Alan have to offer.

They have generously opened their home and lives to visitors from all over the world. What you will see and experience is the real deal. It is not luxurious but the warmth and welcome is beyond compare. It is also spotlessly clean.

Shirley spared no expense feeding us well and on antique China ware, no less! If I had known, I would have been on tenterhooks seeing my kids using the cups and plates.

Alan, other than being a super efficient dishwasher, has a great sense of humour. Walking with him in the paddocks taught us so much. He is very fit; light and nimble on his feet too... tackling the slopes easily whilst we much younger ones clumsily tried to keep up.

He brought me on a 2 hour tramp up Te Tapui reserve just down the road from the farm. Much to learn from him.

Sparkles and Milo were their pet sheep I think. We got to feed them and Alan can demonstrate a shearing if you'd never seen one.

Shirley keeps a very lush vegetable garden with strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, silverbeet and potatoes, to name a few. It was great seeing new potatoes dug up.... With a real pitchfork!!

The kids got to collect firewood and wheel it in a wheelbarrow (who would have thought it so unwieldy!) back to the farm. Even the type of wood selected has its intricacies that Shirley shared with us.

They also had a grand and beautifully mannered horse whom we fed too. But not being used to horses, our affinity was more for their two working dogs-Boyd and Mac... really sweet boys who lap up every ounce of attention!

My best memory will be running through the paddocks with Boyd and watching him chase the ducks and bunnies.

This was definitely an enriching experience for the whole family.

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Management Response
19 Dec 2017
Thank you so much Lorraine for taking the time to write of your experiences with us. We enjoyed having you and your family to stay and hope we meet again. With kind regards, Shirley and Alan
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australia...
Zurich, Switzerland
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Absolutely fantastic!”
Reviewed 6 November 2017 for a stay in October 2017
1
person found this review helpful

This was a fantastic experience. We got to ride on the back of the tractor while relocating cows, bottle feed lambs, feed young cows and chickens, and walk dogs. Shirley and Alan are beautiful hosts. Shirley's cooking is great and Alan will teach you about all things farm. The scenery is beautiful as well - massively undersold on their website. I would recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind getting a bit dirty, it wa a wonderful thing to do. It was hard to leave and I'd go back in a heartbeat. Spend at least a couple of days here, it's definitely worth it.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
7 Nov 2017
Thank you for your review Alex - it was great to have you and Charlotte stay.
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Cruiser98...
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing stay!”
Reviewed 3 September 2017 for a stay in August 2017
1
person found this review helpful

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!

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Management Response
3 Sep 2017
Thank you Kim for taking the time to write a review. We really appreciate it. We enjoyed hosting you and Brian.
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Vicky v
Seria, Brunei Darussalam
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Unforgettable farmstay experience”
Reviewed 3 April 2017 for a stay in March 2017
1
person found this review helpful

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.
Highly recommended!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
5 Apr 2017
We enjoyed hosting Vicky and her family. Thank you for taking the time to write a review, it is very much appreciated..
Shirley and Alan
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Christine...
Sydney, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Must do!”
Reviewed 11 January 2017 for a stay in January 2017

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.

Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
11 Jan 2017
Thanks so much Christine for taking the time to write a review. We enjoyed hosting you and Susan. Have a great 2017.
Shirley and Alan
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sharonwon...
Singapore, Singapore
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfect farmstay experience with wonderful hosts!!”
Reviewed 28 December 2016 for a stay in December 2016
1
person found this review helpful

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!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
30 Dec 2016
Sharon it was a pleasure to host yourself, Terry and Chloe.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a great review.
Shirley and Alan
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