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7 ZQ Grower Stations You Can Stay at This Summer Holidays

Want to show the kids what it's like to live on a farm, this summer school holidays?

Come stay on a ZQ property!

These unique properties will not only host ewe and your flock but offer some on-farm experiences that will keep you exploring in some of the most beautiful parts of our country.

The Whare is more than just a bed for the night, it’s an experience. Located on a working 800ha sheep and cropping farm 1.5 hours from the Christchurch International Airport, The Whare was once the station’s cookshop and has since been lovingly restored with all the modern luxuries you’d expect from quality accomodation without sacrificing any of its character. The Whare can accomodate a maximum of 4 guests with a luxurious master bedroom and two single bedrooms. It also has a huge open plan kitchen and dining area with open fire, snug with log burner and outside entertaining areas complete with BBQ. A tasty breakfast hamper is included featuring homemade granola, bread, fruit, farm fresh eggs and other locally sourced ingredients. Dinner hampers and platters are available, and farm tours for those interested.

Bookings can be made directly from the website.

A beautiful, modern lodge combining style, form and function, the Quarters is purpose-built especially for groups of up to 24.

Hosted by Mel and Mark who live close to the Quarters, together they love sharing this beautiful part of New Zealand and endeavour to ensure every visitor gets the most out of their stay.

The Quarters is perched on a grassy knoll with panoramic views of Lake Ohau and the surrounding mountains – and a peek through to Aoraki/Mt Cook from a special spot – it has spacious communal areas both inside and out, including a comfortable lounge and an enviable kitchen that comes fully equipped for catering.

A large, open fire adds extra warmth and ambience to the centrally heated and double-glazed building. Huge picture windows, stylish furniture and signature New Zealand rural chic make this a memorable and inspiring place to stay while you explore this remarkable part of the country.

Accrington is a heritage 1886 farmhouse, nestled in the heart of a sixth generation 420 hectare sheep and cattle farm. The Craw family have been farming the property for six generations and Hamish, Annabel and their three children love sharing their historic farmhouse with guests from New Zealand and around the world.

The farmhouse is a rural hideaway that warmly evokes the rich farming and coastal history of Banks Peninsula. The farmhouse will immediately pull you into the simplicity of farm life: a unique coastal country escape. Located in close proximity to three of Banks Peninsula's most stunning beaches - Okains Bay, Raupo Bay and Little Akaloa along with dramatic coastal and hill country walkways, all while only 35 minutes from Akaroa and just over an hour from Christchurch. The farmhouse is a fantastic base for those wanting to explore what nature has to offer.

The original farmhouse is crafted from hand-cut timber milled from the property over 150 years ago. It's been lovingly restored inside and out to meld seamlessly into the natural folds of rolling grassy paddocks and tranquil gardens full of blooms and bird song.

Catching all day sun, this charming retreat offers an endless number of ways to unwind. Brunch on the morning veranda overlooking the garden to the paddocks. Reading on the front veranda watching the wood pigeons swoop by and feed from the giant pohutukawa tree. Watch the kids enjoy the playground or have a chat to the friendly sheep in the orchard paddock. Long lunches and dinners in the garden and nights snuggled up with a board game by the fire.

Accrington has six bedrooms and can accommodate between 1 - 15 people. The design of the house ensures it feels cosy with 1 - 2 people while the upstairs loft provides space for additional bedrooms for larger gatherings.

Direct bookings can be made through Annabel via or on the website.


Glenbourne farmstay is a unique rustic shed house completely self contained with two double bedrooms with a mezzanine floor for extra guests. It houses a washing machine / dryer for outdoor enthusiasts and has sky TV and a log burner for the cooler nights.

The farm is 40 minutes to Hanmer Springs, 1 hour to Kaikoura and 15 mins to Mt Lyford ski area, approximately 1.5hrs from Christchurch Airport.

The farm gate is open to mountain bikers and hikers. Picnics, swimming and fishing can be enjoyed in the Mason River which is on the western boundary.

For enquires contact

Cora Lynn station is owned and hosted by Neil and Leonie Woods. Its stylish accommodation is home to nature discovery and a working sheep farm in the heart of the Southern Alps.

Midway between Christchurch & the South Island's West Coast, Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass sits on a 4000 acre farm & nature reserve surrounded by spectacular Arthur's Pass National Park.

The Wilderness Lodge Experience…

Escape the crowds and discover wild New Zealand. Stylish accommodation, with excellent food and exciting nature adventures combine to create the very special Wilderness Lodge experience.

Awarded the travellers choice in 2020 by trip advisor.

Choose from two styles of accommodation; Alpine View Lodges provide total luxury and privacy; Mountain View Rooms are elegant with great views.

Discover Wilderness Your Way…

Join naturalist guides and real sheep farmers, spot wildlife, hike mountain trails and drink from alpine streams. Active travellers and gentle adventurers alike will find themselves at home here.

“Experience nature in style at New Zealands only two wilderness lodges.”

A remote high country sheep station, since 1857, is the perfect alpine escape.

Situated in the every-changing Southern Alps, Flock Hill Station rewards guests with stunning views of its surrounding mountains, rivers and lakes.

Hosted by Richard and Anna Hill, there are two and four bedroom cottages along with a farmhouse hosting 12 guests.

New Zealand’s refined and rugged Southern Alps can be experienced within Flock Hill’s unspoiled wilderness.

Bruce and Karen welcome you to Karetu Downs Farm.

Stay in the beautiful Waipara Gorge, South Island.

Karetu Downs is not just a farm, it's a way of life. The 2000 hectare hill country property is home to around 4500 Romney sheep and 120 Angus cattle and has been owned and operated for over 3 generations by the Forrester family.

"The Farm stay began in 2012 when we decided it was time to do something a little different. Visitors to Karetu would comment about how lucky we were to have such an idyllic place to live having been amazed at the breathtaking views from the top of the tussock clad hills to the fascinating perfectly round boulders along the river bed. These spherical stones or concretions can be found in varying sizes dotted along the river bed that runs through the farm.

We love watching the reaction of our guests when they bottle feed lambs, experience sheep shearing or marvel at the view from the top of the farm.

The best part is meeting guests from all around the world and being able to share with them our love of the land and this place we call home Aotearoa - New Zealand."


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