Welcome to Gumtree Farmstay & The Shepherd's Rest, Oamaru.
Gumtree Farmstay B&B 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 guest rooms inside our spacious family home, surrounded by trees and gardens, on 200 acres where we fatten bulls for the beef market and run a small flock of sheep. Other animals include our 2 house cats Prim & Tansy, 4 farm dogs, friendly pet sheep, alpacas, Eponine the Kune Kune pig, chickens and ducks. The animals can be fed during our complimentary Farm Tour which is held at 4pm.
From late August to early October we rear calves. Bottle feeding calves and lambs (in season).
There is also our glamping option, The Shepherd's Rest which is separate from the house and perfect for couples. It is 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. No wifi - the idea is to disconnect from technology - we do provide board games!! For hut guests the Farm Tour can be purchased for an extra $25.
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.