We are located on Omanawa Rd, in the lower Kaimai Ranges. The farm is on the edge of the Hidden Gorge Scenic Reserve - a bush clad ravine which drops 100 meters to the Omanawa River. The farm is adjacent to the Omanawa Falls, and the site of an historic underground hydroelectric power station.
The farm is 8 hectares - or 20 acres - and is grazed by a variety of animals. We have fullblood highland cattle, with their large curly horns, a colourful array of alpacas, a small herd of friendly goats, and free-range chickens. The land was previously used as a research and development block for growing ginseng, and in 2006 was covered in their shelter structures.
These structures were removed, and the land planted in grass. A shed was constructed to house the farm machinery, and a log cottage was built in Rotoiti at New Zealand Log Chalets. This was delivered on the back of a truck in time for our first Christmas.
We lived in this cottage for three years, while planning, designing and building our new home. We also developed the farm, which needed a huge amount of work to remove all the debris and unwanted vegetation from the property - mostly gorse and blackberry.
It then needed to be fenced, and divided into paddocks. We created a 'race' around the circumference of the farm, so that we could continue to walk a circuit without passing through too many gates.
We planted hundreds of trees, choosing ornamental varieties to line our driveway and native trees around the shed and along our boundaries. We also planted a home orchard, to grow a huge variety of fruit and nuts. One paddock was leased in 2007 to a local flower grower, and has been planted with daffodil bulbs - making a beautiful view in the spring.
The first animals we purchased were some friendly goats to clear the blackberry in our gully. We then bought some alpacas and highland cattle, carefully chosen for their high quality breeding lines, and we have already had many successful live births.
Now that our house is completed, we have been able to rent out our log cottage as short-stay accommodation, and have since had a steady flow of visitors to our farm.
Please see our listing on http://www.holidayhouses.co.nz/properties/17325.asp