Welcome to Gumtree Farmstay & The Shepherd's Rest, Oamaru.
Our accommodation is located less than a 10 minute drive to the Historic Victorian Precinct and Blue Penguin Colony in Oamaru, making us the perfect base to experience both town and country. Spend a night or two immersed in the culture of a small working farm, getting to know the locals and exploring the beautiful Waitaki Region.
We offer 2 types of accommodation - Gumtree Farmstay Hosted Bed & Breakfast within our family home which also includes a Farm Tour, or a Self-Catered Shepherd's Hut.
Our glamping option, The Shepherd's Rest is separate from the house and perfect for couples. It's a purpose built Shepherds Hut, situated on a hillside, overlooking farmland. The Shepherd's Rest has power, a kitchenette with basic cookware to prepare your own meals and ensuite bathroom. Relax in the OUTDOOR BATHTUB and enjoy the night sky. No wifi - the idea is to disconnect from technology - we do provide board games!!
The Farm Tour is NOT included however the alpaca and 2 pet sheep Emily & Clover live around the hut so you can enjoy their company.
The Shepherds Rest is Adults Only & accommodates a maximum of 2 people.
The ARDGOWAN ROOM at Gumtree Farmstay is a bedroom in our house (so you don't have the entire place to yourselves). This room has a very comfortable king size bed & TV.
There is a separate bathroom and toilet which is exclusively for guests during their stay.
A stay in the Ardgowan Room includes Continental Breakfast and the 4pm Farm Tour.
This room can host up to 2 adults.
The Ardgowan Room is not available June - October.
*4 Adults travelling together can be accommodated in the Ardgowan Room and The Shepherds Rest - if the couple staying in the hut wish to include the Farm Tour and Continental Breakfast (eaten at the house) then an additional fee applies.
*FAMILIES - at certain times of the year we can open an extra bedroom in our house for families who wish to stay at Gumtree Farmstay. Please enquire by email.
BASIC FARM TOUR - Farm Tour on its own - no accommodation or extras. Meet and feed the animals, and learn about how we farm. Suitable for 2 to 6 people. Advance booking is essential (minimum 3 days notice due to other commitments). Email us for pricing and further details.
GROUP TOURS - Morning or Afternoon Tea with Farm Tour. Sheep shearing as optional extra. Suitable for smaller group tours - minimum 8 pax, maximum 15 pax.
Bookings in advance only. Email us for pricing and further details.
SELF CONTAINED CAMPER VANS - there is a spot available for overnight parking beside our house for camper vans.
We provide an unpowered place to park as well as water however the camper needs to have its own toilet/shower/power source.
This can be booked on the day however we are also listed elsewhere so may already be booked, contacting us first is recommended.
Note that you will not have access to the farm, however a Farm Tour can be organised with at least 3 days notice.
Things to see and do in the area include:- Explore Oamaru, the Blue Penguin Colony, Steampunk, the Victorian Precinct is worthy of a visit with its old sandstone buildings and local artisans, Farmers Market on a Sunday, Whitestone Cheese Factory, Oamaru Public Gardens, art galleries and museums. Day trips from Oamaru include Moeraki Boulders, Elephant Rocks, Riverstone Kitchen, Kurow and the Waitaki Valley, its wineries and the Lakes district, cycle part of the Alps2Ocean Bike Trail.