Experience life on a traditional New Zealand sheep farm, where six generations of the Johns family have worked Paua Bay Farm, their extraordinary 900-acre property.
Depart from the pier by coach for a short but picturesque ride due east to Paua Bay Farm. Nestled among extensive gardens and 600-year-old kahikatea and totara trees, the charming farmhouse is the centerpiece of the expansive working farm. As many as 4,500 sheep, cattle and deer roam the rural acreage, and you'll enjoy the opportunity to observe and even participate in the daily endeavors of farm life.
Upon arriving, you'll be greeted by Murray Johns, who'll regale you with stories of the family's history, how the farm was developed, the various types of sheep kept here, and the principles of farming in New Zealand. Then, the eager sheep dogs take center stage and demonstrate their prodigious talents for herding sheep in accordance with their master's commands. If you'd like, you can participate in separating the sheep, before moving to the woolshed, where Murray will entertainingly elaborate on the life of a sheep shearer.
Besides watching farming activities, you'll also have time to stroll the garden of native plants and relax over tea and homemade scones. Following this wonderful pause in the workday, you'll perhaps reluctantly, rejoin your coach and drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of easy to moderate walking/standing. There may be some natural surfaces to negotiate at the farm. Due to accessibility issues at the farm, the tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual clothing which should include a light jacket; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.