Experience life on the farm and learn about the benefits of organic farming, as well as meeting a range of farm animals, tasting organic honey straight from the farm’s beehives and enjoying delicious home baking for morning tea. Don’t forget a selfie in the field of sunflowers.
Our visit begins with a welcoming mug of something hot, accompanied by some of Terri’s delicious home baking, while your hosts run through the farm’s safety briefing. Then load onto the farm trailer and you’re off on your farm tour, pausing at stops along the way where Kenny and Terri will demonstrate the principles and advantages of organic farming.
Wharepuke Organic Farm has been owned by Kenny’s family for more than 140 years and is a recent conversion from conventional to organic farming. Activities you will enjoy, depending on the time of year and what’s happening on the farm, include: meeting the four-legged farm animals, feeding Terri’s tame tuna in the dam, tasting organic honey from the farm’s hives.
- Respect the environment - You will be out in nature for this experience so please help protect our environment by taking all your rubbish with you.
- Be sun smart - Make sure you bring sunblock to protect yourself from the Kiwi sun (even on cloudy days!)
- Please and thank you - A friendly reminder to use ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ lots for all the people who will be helping you during this experience.
- Wear your old clothes - This is a hands on experience where it's okay to dress casually, as your clothes may get a bit dirty while you're having fun!
- Be a respectful visitor - You will be a guest during this experience, so please be respectful. Two important Māori customs are to take your shoes off indoors and avoid sitting on tables or pillows.
- Be on time - While the experience will be a relaxed one, make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to arrive early so you don't keep your guides and others waiting.
- Sharing kai (food) - You will be sharing food as part of this experience, so please wait until you are invited to eat. There may also be a prayer (karakia) to bless the food before it is eaten.