Top 10 Farm Stays In South Island, New Zealand

Plarlene Juliane
Plarlene Juliane 
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Snowy mountains, sandy beaches, and impressive landscapes are among South Island’s most distinctive features. The Southern Alps form the island’s central spine. For the finest beaches, head to Golden Bay and Nelson. And then there’s Larnach Castle, a magnificent structure that you shouldn’t miss, and it is renowned for being the only castle in the country. After a day full of exciting tours, head to Queenstown to experience the island’s local and international flavors.

Indeed, there is a great variety of fun things to do around here. You can get away from the noise and chaos of the city for a while and try to experience rural life at a farm. For great options, scroll down for the top farm stays in South Island, New Zealand.

1. Rabbitte Ranch Farmstay; Mill Road (from USD 60)

This self-contained unit will provide comfortable accommodation with light, modern, and airy interiors. Inside, carpeted spaces, a spotlessly clean bathroom, and a room with a queen bed are available for you. The wooden walls and large windows contribute to the cozy ambiance of the property.

While here, you can request pony or donkey rides from the host. You can also enjoy a fun time feeding or petting guinea pigs, hens, and Kunekunes of the farm.

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Mill Road, Southland, New Zealand
311.38 km (193.5 mi) from Dark Sky Project
361 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Farm stay 1 Bed 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
comfortable farm stay in a quiet neighbourhood and serene surroundings
a simple comfortable and spacious place that was perfect for us (a couple)
very comfortable room with a great bed and a great shower
very clean and cheerful
everything was clean and tidy
super clean cozy and easy
wonderful clean comfortable and peaceful stay
the place was clean and quiet
great spot close to town
lovely quiet spot in a great location
really enjoyed our stay great rural location just a few minutes out of town
very beautiful place tucked away from busy city and all in word experience it yourself
it was a lovely opportunity for our children to get closer to farm animals
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2. Cozy farm stay with a relaxing vibe; Tapawera (from USD 75)

This unique rental is tucked away on well-kept grasslands and has beautiful mountain views. It’s perfect for lone adventurers or couples looking for a laid-back vacation in the countryside. Once you’re here, all you’ll do is unwind in tranquility. You may relax at the end of a long day of sightseeing with an outdoor bath. Afterward, prepare an outdoor dinner for yourself or your partner. You can also request authentic farm cooking from the host.

A private yoga deck is also accessible here, perfect for morning stretches or quiet time alone.

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Tapawera, Tasman, New Zealand
347.56 km (216.0 mi) from Dark Sky Project
62 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Farm stay 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
friendly farm animals around
awesome friendly and thoughtful host who we enjoyed getting to know
the host was super friendly helpful and made us feel right at home
friendly host too throughly recommend to visit
very friendly and helpful hosts
had a fantastic stay great location super quiet peaceful and comfortable
great place to stay if you just want to get away from it all
a great place to stay for a weekend getaway
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3. Hawk Hut; Waimumu (from USD 83)

Those looking for a vacation with a close-knit group of friends will find this property ideal. Historic farm buildings and an orchard surround Hawk Hut, and it is situated on a peaceful meadow close to a fishing river. The interiors are inviting and homey, providing a cozy place to rest while on the farm.

You’ll have a worry-free stay because cleaning is already included in the rate. For a more memorable experience, you can also arrange a guided day trip with the host. After your day tour, plan an outdoor barbecue dinner with your pals with the provided grill.

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Gore, Gore, New Zealand
269.64 km (167.6 mi) from Dark Sky Project
cottage 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beds comfortable all welcoming
amazing country feel and awesome hosts
host and hostess very friendly and helpful
the were really helpful nice and friendly
brief but enjoyable interactions with the hosts
awesome wee place to stay fantastic hosts quirky place and really close to gore and amenities
this is a fantastic place to stay
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4. The Barn; Waitati (from USD 89)

The Barn is the place to be if you’re looking for a cozy retreat in a secluded location. Here, the only sounds you’ll hear are the pleasant chirping of birds and the soft rustling of nearby greenery. The local beaches are situated nearby, so you can easily enjoy a day out in the sun.

On chilly afternoons, enjoy a cup of tea on the patio, after which you can plan your subsequent activities with your friends. You can indulge in fishing and hiking while staying here. Cap off the day by whipping up a sumptuous meal in the well-appointed kitchen.

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Doctors Point, Waitati, New Zealand
194.85 km (121.1 mi) from Dark Sky Project
cottage 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
very quiet great views comfortable accomodation
the beds are super comfortable and it’s all very clean
comfortable accommodation and obliging hosts
very friendly hosts and the dogs were the icing on the cake
accommodation exceeded expectations and location was amazing
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5. Silverstream Alpaca Farmstay; Clarkville (from USD 183)

Adorable alpacas await you at this lovely farm stay. You can stroll along with these animals while marveling at the lush grounds, or interact with them at the farm while taking photographs for you to cherish. These alpacas are sheared in October, while their birthing season is January and March, so plan your stay accordingly.

Two cozy cottages with complete kitchens are offered for guests to use as lodging. The beds in each room have electric blankets to keep you warm on colder nights. If you want to stay indoors, you can curl up in the lounge and watch Netflix shows all day.

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Clarkville, Canterbury, New Zealand
185.65 km (115.4 mi) from Dark Sky Project
27 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Farm stay 3 Beds 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
nice touch of a breakfast tray
kit and sheryl are lovely people and great hosts
host sheryl is a very nice lady
kit and her husband are lovely and very helpful and supportive
great place wonderful host and awesome surroundings and location
great place and friendly alpacas
lovely rural setting remarkably close to christchurch
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6. Koromiko Farm Stay; Little River (from USD 183)

Koromiko Farm Stay is a genuine countryside retreat. It is on a functioning farm with poultry, sheep pasture, and a small woodland. It was constructed in the 19th century and has been updated with a modern kitchen.

You’ll appreciate your stay here when you sit on the patio and gaze at the scenery. You can soak in the bathtub or read a book near the fireplace for further relaxation.

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Little River, Canterbury, New Zealand
186.93 km (116.2 mi) from Dark Sky Project
169 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Farm stay 5 Beds 9 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 9

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
comfortable place with plenty of space
great location - nice modern interior including efficient bathrooms and kitchen
comfortable beds and rooms
warm and comfortable bed
spacious rooms and reasonably neat and tidy
spotless and very comfortable
the house was clean and comfortable; the kitchen was well stocked
the hosts are so welcoming and personable
great people / hosts
they were so friendly and helpful
great host very attentive and hospitable
marie and rob were gracious hosts and made us all feel welcome
great location easy drive from christchurch
the house at little river is such a wonderful getaway in a lovely location
the house is in a beautiful location a comfortable house overlooking a gorgeous lake
this is a lovely place to stay
a wonderful place to stay
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7. Stonehaven Farm Farmstay; North Bank (from USD 75)

If you’re a fishing enthusiast, this farm stay is for you. In addition to guided trout fishing, you can also participate in outdoor activities such as hunting and hiking here. Afterward, create a nutritious meal from your fresh catch in the well-equipped kitchen. At the end of a day full of adventure, you can unwind on the patio while taking in the mountain views.

The renovated cottage is located on a working farm, so you can expect to see dogs running around or pigs rooting in the mud.

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North Bank, Marlborough, New Zealand
357.11 km (221.9 mi) from Dark Sky Project
57 reviews   Wifi Available
Farm stay 8 Beds 7 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 7

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
good shower cozy deck warm stove wifi and friendly companies:)
it's a cozy comfortable cottage in a beautiful setting
if you want a simple comfortable and relaxing farmstay you won't find better
very clean and comfortable
it is indeed an old house but we found it to be clean and comfortable
) anna is a super nice host having made us feel really welcome
anna is a wonderful host and i felt relaxed and at home
anna was an awesome host that thought of everything
great place and awesome host
anna is an amazing host and really made our stay special
chrming farmhouse in a beautiful location
stunning location if you’re after something remote quiet and tranquil
the farm stay is a lovely place to visit and the location is ideal for outdoor adventures
an awesome place to get away from it all
wonderful farm experience in a quiet location
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8. Blackbird's Nest Farmstay; Fairlie (from USD 74)

You will enjoy your time at Blackbird’s Nest Farmstay due to its tranquil environment and plenty of animals. The host says the property is perfect for solo travelers, business travelers, and couples who want to spend time together. You’ll wake up to a continental breakfast provided by the host. Shops and restaurants are easily accessible from the property, as are natural attractions such as mountains and rivers.

Long-term stays are acceptable here as well, and with the level of comfort that this farm stay provides, you’ll surely be tempted to extend your vacation here.

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Fairlie, Canterbury, New Zealand
29.07 km (18.1 mi) from Dark Sky Project
666 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Private room in farm stay 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
they also provide amazing breakfast and kept the room warm with electric blankets and heaters
the place was just as it’s been described and the breakfast quantity was also perfect
bron and drews place was awesome with the nice room and animals
the room is surronded by lot of lovely animals
room was in perfect condition and had all that one could need for a sleepover
place was very clean and tidy
the room is clean and cozy
the room is clean and cosy the animals are so cute
the room and bathroom were well decorated clean and had everything we needed
plus the studio was very clean and comfortable
maximum hospitality is provided by the super kind hosts
love the hospitality of host
super friendly hosts and animals
drew was so welcoming and friendly
lovely property with fantastic hosts
great stay in a central location
main street well within walking distance as well so give it a try
we enjoyed the peace and quiet of the location and having our own driveway
bron and drew's blackbird's nest is the ideal place if you want to slow down from city life
the neighbourhood has great pies and dinner spots as well
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9. Tiromoana; Owaka (from USD 225)

Tiromoana is close to many of the Catlins’ most beautiful attractions and offers a peaceful retreat for everyone. While here, you’ll also be in awe of the sweeping views and fantastic wildlife scene.

You can use the WiFi and dedicated workspace if you’re traveling for work. You can also work in the dining area in front of the inspiring scenery. Wrap up the day with a relaxing soak in the private hot tub.

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Owaka, Otago, New Zealand
281.12 km (174.7 mi) from Dark Sky Project
67 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Farm stay 5 Beds 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it is warm comfortable well stocked and has the most stunning views
beautiful large space that was so comfortable to live in
a lovely house with great facilities and a stunning view
fantastic views that can be enjoyed from the comfort of a spa pool -ideal
beautiful house gorgeous views hot tub comfy beds and awesome water pressure
it was spotlessly clean and the kitchen was really well appointed
the house was stunning and immaculately clean and tidy
it was very clean and the kitchen is very well equipped
magnificent place - clean very relaxing & beautiful
the house is equipped with every single thing you need & is so clean & comfortable
host v helpful with tourist info
thank you tracey for being a great host
awesome accommodation in the catlins host was great
superb host with an excellent property
tracey is a wonderful host
fab location for catlins sights
amazing location better than any expectation close to many of the attractions in catlins
great accomodation in a beautiful location
couldn’t recommend the place more
the place is very well stocked with everything you need for little getaway would definitely visit again
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10. Shear-Vue Farmstay; Fairlie (from USD 170)

Shear-Vue Farmstay is the perfect venue to recharge your batteries for the weekend. It has a private hot tub where you can loosen up while having a drink. You can roam around the farm in the morning and hand-feed the alpacas, hens, and pigs. Afterward, enjoy the hearty continental breakfast courtesy of the host.

Each room has a bed with electric blankets to keep you warm during chilly nights. Thanks to the instant water heating unit, you can take a hot water bath whenever you desire it. At night, spend time gazing at the stars with your loved ones. Due to the property’s rural position, there is less light pollution, making for spectacular stargazing sessions.

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Fairlie, New Zealand
33.17 km (20.7 mi) from Dark Sky Project
779 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Farm stay 3 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the cottage is wonderful with a living space full kitchen bathroom and two bedrooms
julie has a great cottage and provides plenty of food for breakfast
it was so nice to have a fully stocked kitchen with spices for making dinner
the place was very clean and homey with all the bells and whistles
peaceful clean and very comfortable place with very well equipped kitchen
the guest house is very clean very nice
inside the house was so cute and clean
julie is an outstanding host
the hosts julie and tony were wonderful hosts and are down-to-earth nice people
the farm animals were absolutely adorable and friendly
thanks for being such a great host
you won’t be able to find a better host we were truly spoiled
fantastic location and experience for the family
so many beautiful vistas farm life and a great walk up the mountain with our host
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Experience a relaxing stay on a farm in South Island

Spending time on a farm in South Island is a great way to get away from it all and unwind in the countryside. You’ll have many options on the island, but pick one that offers fantastic experiences. Go through this list of the top farm stays in South Island, New Zealand, for an exceptional stay.

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