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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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Farmhouse -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Matamata, Waikato Region, North Island

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China
1 review
“Experiencing New Zealand, this is the best place to be!”
Reviewed September 7, 2015 for a stay in October 2014

My husband and I stayed at a few farm stay during our NZ visit, and this is our favorite among all. The cottage up in the hill gets the breathtaking views, a scenery that we would want to wake up to every morning. Shirley and Alan are the excellent host, super friendly and resourceful about the area.

The most memorable experience was riding on a tractor with Alan and his dog chasing behind us, up and down the hill as he took us to interact with the farm animals and showed us the daily farm works, and also took us to a relaxing bushwalk, and also sharing farming stories and how it is like working in the farm, etc. Something we find very interesting especially for people like us coming from the cities. Alan has also sheared a sheep for us, and I got to hold a baby sheep in my arms!

We especially enjoy the home cooked meals, Shirley is a great chef, I still remember the tasty meat loaf and scones! Shirley was so kind to show me the recipe so I can photograph it for future use.

All in all, we enjoy every moments during our stay, and unlike the commercial farm stay, Shirley and Alan only take one group of traveler at a time, and you will truly get to know each other on a personal level and this is something impressed us the most!

I would recommend this place to everyone who would like an authentic farm and country experience in New Zealand.

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Management Response
7 Sep 2015
It was great having you to stay with us Courtney & Oliver. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We hope to see you again.
Shirley & Alan
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LSCO_12
okemos, MI
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Peace and tranqulity, sweeping grasslands, animals galore”
Reviewed September 4, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Solo traveler booked this last minute for a respite from urban living. Relaxing and clean, perfect for someone looking to just get away from everything. Beyond accomodating to my dietary allergies (gluten and dairy) they went out of their way to have delicious food options and plenty of them. Wish I could have stayed longer. The drive to get there was relaxing (would not recommend the drive at night, arrive in the daytime) Lots of farm related activities to try if you are interested, bottle feeding the lambs, riding around on the tractor, bushwalking, seeing how the farm works. Alan is a wealth of information about farm management, local flora and fauna, which I really enjoyed. I found this property randomly through a website on Matamata region and it beyond exceeded my expectations. Close to hobbiton.

Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
5 Sep 2015
Thanks Lisa for helping us to understand about Gluten and Dairy free diets.
Hope we meet again.
Shirley and Alan
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Gary S
Hong Kong, China
Level 1 Contributor
1 review
“Hospitable hosts, picturesque scenery and great home-made food!”
Reviewed September 3, 2015 for a stay in February 2015

Shirley and Alan were very warm and friendly. The one-storey farmhouse was not big but cozy and clean. Five of us had a great time there! What we missed most were the food made by Shirley, the tranquil environment, picturesque scenery and the starry sky there! Alan was a farmer and he drove us around his farm by his tractor! We loved the cows, the sheep, the dogs and the horse Revouge! Thanks Shirley and Alan again for their hospitality. Staying at their farmstay was definitely the highlight of our trip!

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Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
3 Sep 2015
Thank you Gary and Vivian for taking the time to write a review, it is much appreciated.
Hope to see you all again,
Alan & Shirley
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John R
Chichester, United Kingdom
1 review
“New Zealand at its best.”
Reviewed September 1, 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
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Management Response
1 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 August 22, 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 August 20, 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
21 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 August 17, 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.
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Management Response
18 Aug 2015
Hi Ian & Janice,
Thank you very much, we enjoyed your company too.
Alan & Shirley
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