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Maungakawa Views Farmstays is spread before you
A guest feeding lambs in August
Queen sized bed with en-suite
Family room with twin beds
Your hosts, Shirley & Alan
Mother sheep with twin lambs
World map showing where our guests come from
A guest getting up close to the cows
Lounge with fire burning in the cooler evenings
Sheep in the yard for shearing
Hen with newly hatched chickens
Sheep in the yards for shearing
calves
Our working dogs waiting for their next job
Hereford cattle on our rolling hill country
We have native bush surrounding parts of the farm
Hereford cows eating hay
Hen with chickens
Curious cows
Bush and farmland
Travelling up the driveway to the house
Shirley in the kitchen
A view down the valley
The creek, the stock's water supply
Rooster with hens
The view along Piakonui Road
Vegetables from the garden and fresh eggs
Our home in March
Shearing time for the sheep
Walking in the bush
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Matamata, Waikato Region, North Island

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John R
Chichester, United Kingdom
1 review
“New Zealand at its best.”
Reviewed 1 September 2015 for a stay in May 2015

This is a real Farm Stay where you live with the family and take part with the running of the Farm if you so wish .Extremly comfortable en suite accomodation and really scrumptious meals.With breathtaking views it is easy to chill out and just relax.
I could see children were catered for and the twin black and white lambs delightful.
Shirley and Alan are a lovely couple ,and next time "Down Under" I will be back.
John UK

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Liked best: Scenery and being involved with the Farming side.
Liked least: Nothing to dislike
Travelling group: Solo
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers Families with young children
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Management Response
2 Sep 2015
Thanks John,
For staying with us, we enjoyed your visit.
Alan & Shirley
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C T
Singapore, Singapore
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Wonderful experience.”
Reviewed 22 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015

The place itself is naturally beautiful and picturesque, and it is such a pleasure to wake up every morning to such wonderful scenery. The farm stay itself was an incredible experience and was throughly enjoyed by us, especially the tractor ride and the bush walk. Not to mention, our daughters had loads of fun playing with the animals, and it was really sweet to see a newborn lamb on our first day there.
On top of that, the food there was amazingly delicious, and we couldn't ask for anything better. Shirley's cooking is the best, and she bakes the tastiest scones. :)
Last but not least, during our stay there, our daughter left her black boots at their place. Even when we had already returned to Singapore, Alan and Shirley still notified us and offered to send the boots back via post. We are incredibly grateful for this and for their honesty.
All in all, it was an amazingly wonderful experience and we could not ask for anything more.

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Management Response
22 Aug 2015
Hi CK, Liana, Nadya & Natanya,
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. You are a great family and we enjoyed meeting and spending time with you. Thanks for writing a review.
Shirley & Alan
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LimYongSh...
Singapore
1 review
“Amazing Experience”
Reviewed 21 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

We spent 2 nights at this amazing farmstay with the breathtaking views of the hills and endless greens, welcoming warmth of Shirley and Alan and cozy cottage which we called home

Every single meal was home cooked and prepared by the wonderful chef Shirley and they were nothing short of delicious. We looked forward to every single meal times because we know we will be well pampered (remember to ask for the apple crumble dessert it was legendary!)

We followed Alan around during the day on his tractor and interacted with the animals on a level you can never experience in commercialised farms or tourist attractions around new zealand. Alan has such passion for his work and to listen to him talk about farming was a pleasure in itself. We helped out with little things here and there (hope we were not too trouble) and it was fun to be so involved in their lives

Overall it was such an unforgettable experience that we will definitely return again one day:) and the pictures do not do justice to how beautiful the place is!

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Management Response
22 Aug 2015
Hi Ameline & Yong Sheng,
It was nice to meet you, we enjoyed your visit. Thank you for helping us to become a member of Trip Advisor.
We look forward to having you share our home again.
Shirley & Alan
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Ianheng
Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
“Farm Trip of a life time.”
Reviewed 18 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015

We had a 11 day trip around the North Island and decided to end our trip with a farm stay. The farm stay was especially wonderful for us since we lived in a urban city. The en suite room we stayed in was clean and comfy, you do get a homely feeling from it with the quality of a hotel room. The food that our host (Shirley) prepared was very good. My partner & I truly enjoyed all the traditional home cooked meals which include mouthwatering desserts. The activities on the farm were very fun and engaging, you get to see how Alan spent his days on the farm and how well he treats his animals. We learn quite alot of stuff from Alan and skills on how to be a caring farmer. If you are lucky enough and for a longer period of stay, you will get to walk on a wonderful bushwalk with Alan and his dog :) and you might get a chance to be introduced to an interesting sports that both my partner and I have thoroughly enjoyed.

All in all, I will recommend anyone to come visit this farmstay, be it as a family or a couple or even alone, I am sure you will find yourself quickly feeling that you are already part of the family. It really felt like a home away from home :)

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children
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Management Response
19 Aug 2015
Hi Ian & Janice,
Thank you very much, we enjoyed your company too.
Alan & Shirley
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SCWilsons
New Plymouth, New Zealand
1 review
“A taste of country life”
Reviewed 15 August 2015 for a stay in February 2015

We spent an intriguing afternoon at Hobbiton admiring the attention to detail by Weta Workshops and happily found the Dodd's farmstay only a short distance further on.

Alan and Shirley provide a slice of country life, we are sure no two visits would be the same. It is tailored to the visitors' interests and what farming activity is happening at the time, whether it is shifting cows, riding the tractor, moving electric fences, feeding the chooks or running with the dogs.

The undulating country provides wonderful vistas of hills and virgin bush.

Tasty, fresh farm meals, comfortable accommodation, a personal touch and good company, round off an hospitable, unique New Zealand experience.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
16 Aug 2015
Hi Scott and Coreen,
We enjoyed having you to stay and the art work was an added bonus, thank you. See you next time.
Alan & Shirley
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