Gumtree Farmstay located conveniently close to Oamaru
Our rural farmstay/homestay is located less than a 10 minute drive from the Historic Victorian Precinct and Blue Penguin Colony in Oamaru, so you can experience the best of both worlds! Chill out, relax, 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.
Guest accommodation is located inside our spacious family home, surrounded by trees and gardens, on 200 acres where we farm beef cattle and a small flock of sheep. Other animals include 3 working dogs, friendly pet sheep, alpacas, pigs, chickens & ducks, Greta the naughty goat and our 2 house cats Tansy & Prim.
From late August to early October we hand rear calves. Guests who stay with us during these months have the opportunity to get involved at feeding time. At certain times of the year there are also lambs to bottle feed.
Farm life is seasonal so at different times of the year you may be lucky enough to see the following:- sheep shearing, hay making, tailing lambs, stock work, cultivation of paddocks, fencing and other general farm work.
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 museum. Day trips from Oamaru include Moeraki Boulders, Elephant Rocks, Riverstone Kitchen, Kurow and its wineries and the Lakes district, cycle part of the Alps2Ocean Bike Trail.