10 Best Farm Stays In North Island, New Zealand - Updated 2023

Plarlene Juliane
Plarlene Juliane 
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North Island of New Zealand is home to tranquil islands and bustling metropolises, serving a rich blend of history, culture, and outdoor adventure. If you enjoy waterscapes, you should visit Cathedral Cove or Poor Knights Islands. To see breathtaking views, you can spend some time at Pouakai Crossing or Cape Reinga Lighthouse. You can also head to Waitomo to witness glow worm caves for the first time. If you want to dig deeper into the indigenous people’s culture, your next destination should be a tour of Te Puia.

If you want to go somewhere more out of the way, how about a weekend at a charming farm? Once there, you’ll have the chance to meet some friendly locals while spending time with some adorable animals. Scroll down for the best farm stays in North Island, New Zealand.

1. Rose Cottage, Auckland (from USD 154)

Meet the host’s adorable miniature ponies when you stay at this private farm. You can snuggle with them or take pictures to make your vacation more memorable.

This property has a light and airy room for a guaranteed restful night. In the morning, you can enjoy the fresh air in the garden while appreciating the greenery. You’ll also have a modern kitchenette, perfect for preparing a nutritious breakfast. Moreover, the host provides breakfast if you don’t have time to cook.

Most of the furniture gives the room a modern, tailored look. Two smart TVs are available, so feel free to set up your streaming service account for movie marathons.

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Karaka, Auckland, New Zealand
191.72 km (119.2 mi) from Three Sisters and the Elephant Rock
167 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Farm stay 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
rose cottage was even nicer than pictured a really comfortable homely yet luxurious stay
super clean and very quiet
extremely clean beautiful gardens and awesome communication
extremely clean thoughtfully designed and very warm and cozy on a cold winters day
the house was very clean and would visit again thank you for the great stay
great place to stay great host clean and tidy very quiet recommend happily stay again
the hosts are lovely and very responsive
well rounded a great host
michelle was a lovely & accommodating host
the hosts were super easy and had thought of everything
the host is quick with her communication and the cottage itself and its surroundings are beautiful
amazing location and flawless check in
cute little place that's perfect for couples
michelle’s place is such a beautiful place to stay if you want to get away from auckland
this place is perfect great secluded location beautiful garden stunning quality of everything in the accommodation outside bath area
amazing 1000/10 highly recommend beautiful location and accommodation hannah and i had a great time
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2. Homey cottage with shared pool access, Wellington (from USD 97)

This double-glazed cottage will provide a comfortable stay for your family, regardless of the weather. It also comes with air conditioning, heating, and portable fans. If you’re lucky, you’ll have the chance to cool down in the seasonal pool. Despite its rural location, the area is conveniently close to several retail establishments, such as cafes and eateries.

Don’t leave without greeting the farm’s resident ducks, sheep, cows, and even pigs. The kids will also have fun interacting with the farm dogs.

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Carterton, Wellington, New Zealand
260.22 km (161.7 mi) from Three Sisters and the Elephant Rock
101 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Farm stay 3 Beds 5 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
warm modern and so comfortable for our small family or even a couples night away
we really loved sitting in the living room with the big windows and seeing the views
the shower is good and we got great sleep due to the light-blocking curtains and lack of streetlights
nicole and her family made us very welcome and breakfast provisions were much enjoyed
a comfortable stay in clean and spacious accommodation
it was spacious clean and warm
fantastic spot to stay clean & tidy prompt communication 10/10 would stay here again
clean and comfortable place between carterton and greytown
we can highly recommend this accommodation which is clean comfortable and so handy to everywhere in the wairarapa
welcoming hosts who even provided home made bread and eggs from the farm
what friendly helpful hosts
lovely attentive hosts with yummy baking on arrival
nicole is a friendly helpful hostess who provided special homely touches
great place to stay family were awesome dogs were so friendly definitely felt like home from home
what a lovely location in the farming area but close to town for shopping
great location -in idyllic surroundings
such a lovely place ideal location and
nice location between greytown and carterton
the kids really enjoyed the location and farm animals
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3. The Hilly House, Cambridge (from USD 190)

The Hilly House is in the countryside with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. When the temperature drops, you can warm up using the private retreat’s hot tub and central heating amenities.

The llamas at the host’s place are curious and friendly, allowing you to interact with them. You may also visit the two operating farms and see the adorable animals as they come up to the fence line to graze.

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Cambridge, Waikato, New Zealand
133.49 km (83.0 mi) from Three Sisters and the Elephant Rock
124 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Farm stay 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
a lovely stay - amazing views peaceful place comfortable bed and thoughtful amenities
a very comfortable stylish house with a lovely view
beautifully presented and very clean
the cottage was incredibly clean the beds were fantastic and the house so cosy
place is clean and has everything we need for a comfort stay
we will be back everything was perfect clean warm fresh extra touches etc
amazing hospitality by the hosts
steph and james were great hosts
the hosts are easily contactable
great hosts to deal with
a truely magical place with great hosts
amazing location and amazing house
great location - rural but not too far from cambridge or hamilton
it is very quite located and perfect to relax but also close to cambridge and hamilton
great location views and farm animals galore
this place is perfect to stay if you’re going to hobbiton (20min away )
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4. Marua Retreat, Hikurangi (from USD 158)

The peaceful Marua Retreat is on a working sheep and cattle farm surrounded by picturesque hills. Since there is no WiFi access, this is a great spot to get away from it all and reconnect with nature. After an exhausting day visiting the farm or neighboring beaches, nothing beats coming home to a plush king-size bed to rest.

The place is independent of any outside utilities and has a glamping vibe. You can also enjoy complete seclusion and breathtaking vistas from the comfort of your own home.

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Hikurangi, Northland, New Zealand
361.49 km (224.7 mi) from Three Sisters and the Elephant Rock
102 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cabin 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bed is amazingly comfortable and excellent quality linens
the bed was super comfortable and it was so peaceful and quiet
the bathroom is just as beautifully designed with a great rustic feel
leah and neil are great hosts
leah & neil were the best hosts communication was smooth and they made sure everything was ok
attention to detail was excellent the hosts really have thought of everything you might need
hosts are outstanding and there to help if any need arises
the hosts are lovely great communicators and very accomodating
such a quiet peaceful and romantic place to get away from it all
stunning and unique place to stay and leah and neil were very attentive
this place is heaven on earth
we can’t recommend this place enough for the perfect off the grid getaway
what an amazing stay in such a special place
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5. Twisted Twig Glamping Retreat, Rotoma

An outdoor bathing or bird-watching experience awaits you once you stay at Twisted Twig Glamping Retreat. This farm stay offers an off-the-grid adventure in the middle of native bush on a working dairy farm. This charming house is perfect for solo travelers or couples and comes with all the relaxing amenities you need. Just relax in the outdoor bathtub or snuggle with your loved one near the indoor fireplace when it’s too cold.

Long-term stays are permitted here. For your convenience, there is also a provided breakfast during your stay.

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Rotoma, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
198.1 km (123.1 mi) from Three Sisters and the Elephant Rock
136 reviews   Wifi Available
Farm stay 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
every part of the hut is filled with thoughtful touches which makes for such a comfortable stay
amazing setting very clean and tidy - thoroughly enjoyed our stay would highly recommend
neat tidy and lots to do in the cabin
shelwyn is an amazing host
shelwyn is a great host
shelwyn is a wonderful host
shelwyn was an excellent host
everything was more than perfect such a kind host that really cares about your stay
amazing location nestled away from everything
such a cool location off the grid
all the little extra touches are what makes this place truly incredible
we had a wonderful night away at shelwyn’s place
great place so nice definitely go if you need to get a away very private and calm
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6. Modern studio in a quiet countryside, Raglan (from USD 72)

This farm stay is a beautiful destination for a serene and peaceful getaway. Amazing scenery abounds, from the nearby windmills to a vista of Mt. Karioi.

The bed area is a haven of comfort because of its modern minimalist design, and it sits adjacent to the living room. This retreat provides a rural atmosphere and plenty of things to do for everyone. You can surf the internet or watch your favorite Netflix shows all day. Alternatively, you can gather your loved ones in the kitchen and prepare hearty meals. Then, set up an al fresco dinner at the outdoor dining area. You can also use the provided barbecue grill.

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Raglan, Waikato, New Zealand
108.34 km (67.4 mi) from Three Sisters and the Elephant Rock
134 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Farm stay 1 Bed 4 Guests

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
idyllic views and an extremely comfortable space the perfect get away
and all the touches with beautiful breakfast etc were very much appreciated
comfy bed with yummy breakfast
the room itself is nicely decorated and had an awesome private outdoor space
the bed was super comfortable
very clean & organised
clean and stylish with immaculate views
it’s sparkly clean and comfortable and has so many little added treats to make your stay special
the property is immaculately clean immaculately presented and has everything you need everything
the house was so clean and tidy with absolutely amazing view
host provides thoughtful extras all locally sourced
the host sue and john are very kind and welcoming
they are such great hosts very friendly and accommodating
sue and john are the most welcoming and nice hosts i highly highly recommend
sue and john were such warm and friendly hosts and the breakfast provisions were more than the usual
perfect location for a nice relaxed stay
this place is perfect definition of peace and tranquility
amazing location view and host
beautiful location and space great value and lovely hosts
a great location with an amazing view
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7. Crystal Stream Farmstay, Levin (from USD 52)

Crystal Stream Farm is the birthplace of CoralTree Organics’ apple cider vinegar. To this day, it is still one of the area’s few organically managed apple and pear orchards. Apart from a laid-back experience, you’ll have plenty of relaxing options. You can stroll in the vast surrounding grasslands on a windy afternoon. When the weather gets cold, take advantage of the hot tub. Alternatively, you can stay in the queen-size bed all day while browsing on your phone.

While the host uses the driveway next door to get to the back orchards, your utmost privacy is guaranteed here.

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Levin, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
209.79 km (130.4 mi) from Three Sisters and the Elephant Rock
181 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Farm stay 1 Bed 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
place was clean with a comfortable bed and fab hot tub
the most outstanding hospitality and host
fabulous hospitality kind and considerate host
amazing hosts - incredibly helpful and friendly
they were so generous and hospitable
welcomed by kind hosts and animal friends
relaxing experience close to waitarere beach and forest (trig walkway)
a nice place to get away
great place to just relax
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8. Charming farm stay with modern conveniences, Tarurutangi (from USD 80)

If you book this place for your getaway in New Zealand, you may stroll the farm’s track to unwind and relax. Your eyes will feast on the marsh area, where wild birds populate. Despite its small farm setup, you’ll still be able to enjoy modern amenities such as a smart TV and free WiFi. Plus, you’ll never get bored because you can access the beach.

The place is suitable for remote workers because it has a dedicated workspace. You can also work on the patio while taking in the scenic views.

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Tarurutangi, Taranaki, New Zealand
48.67 km (30.3 mi) from Three Sisters and the Elephant Rock
136 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Farm stay 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the wood burning stove was very cozy and the expansive views were fantastic
awesome little spot to stay amazing facilities for cooking and views are amazing
wood burner warms the place nice and cozy
super clean cosy and well-equipped
excellent bright clean and warm accommodation
super clean and well equipped home
lovely clean handy to town
very peaceful and clean
toia was a wonderful host and really helpful with our enquiries
lovely host nice tidy stay
host is lovely and very helpful
i found the host friendly and helpful
great place and excellent host
great location and perfect for chilling out
perfect place to choose if you want to stay at new plymouth
a wonderful location to explore taranaki and return to a peaceful place to relax in
overall a gorgeous location for visiting taranaki and still having amazing sleeps
nice setup at a very nice location - quiet and serene
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9. The Shelter, Okaiawa (from USD 91)

The Shelter is perfect for a medium group who wants to create lasting memories on North Island. Its location provides easy access to beaches and a network of walking paths. This cozy lodging has elegant wood décor and plush carpeted flooring. There’s also a fireplace to keep everyone warm on cold nights. In addition, there is a spacious master bedroom overlooking the countryside.

You may also stay with your family, but only children aged eight and up are permitted.

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Okaiawa, Taranaki, New Zealand
89.22 km (55.5 mi) from Three Sisters and the Elephant Rock
143 reviews   Wifi Available
Farm stay 4 Beds 7 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 7

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the place is a stunner the spa pool superb
the house was very clean and comfortable
nice and clean easy to find
the accommodation was clean modern and more than comfortable
has a very good vibe and cleanliness was top notch
a beautiful house super clean and lovely host
the host is friendly and quick to respond
the most welcoming and accommodating host
lisa was an amazing and lovely host
so much attention to detail great hosts and they even light the fire for you when you’re out
lovely and cosy place hist lisa is very kind and helpful
the location was perfect and central for our needs
a fantastic place to stay and location
great place to stay good location for driving to the mountain
cosy peaceful and welcoming in a great location
such a beautiful place it was so much fun getting away for a girls weekend
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10. Hutiwai Hideaway Cottage, Tongaporutu (from USD 106)

Enjoy the splendor of Taranaki from the privacy of Hutiwai Hideaway Cottage. It has everything you need to feel at home, from a full kitchen to a wood-burning fireplace in the living room. Moreover, there’s a tiny, inviting deck, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the countryside sights. Those interested in getting away from it all and experiencing rural life may do so by booking a stay here.

Pets are also allowed here. Your furry friend will enjoy running around the surrounding grasslands while you’re preparing lunch for everyone.

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Tongaporutu, Taranaki, New Zealand
2.84 km (1.8 mi) from Three Sisters and the Elephant Rock
373 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Farm stay 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
fully equipped and some of the most reliable wifi we had in the whole of nz :)
awesome private rural setting cozy cottage wonderful personal touches
beautiful secluded house with stunning views from every window cozy and well equipped
best part for us was no wifi
a comfortable place to stay in an amazingly beautiful environment
it was spotlessly clean with comfy beds and a great shower
the house was clean and had everything we needed
our beds were comfy clean and warm
bruce and maxine were really nice hosts
host is very friendly kind and nice
maxine and bruce are excellent hosts
they are very kind
maxine and her family are very friendly and helpful
funky little bnb in a fantastic location
what a beautiful place in a stunning location
such a beautiful tranquil location loved the retro vibe and fun crockery with cosy linens and comfy beds
lovely rural location near glow worms
beautifully decorated and located there was a real sense of place
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Enjoy North Island as a restful getaway

There’s a lot to explore on North Island. However, you do need a respite from constant activity sometimes. To take a break from the hectic pace of city life, book one of these best farm stays in North Island, New Zealand, for a fun vacation!

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