Enjoy a kiwi farm experience in the heart of rural Aotearoa. Supplies delivered.
About Lynda Hannah
I'm a herbalist, beekeeper, permaculture farmer, writer, and gardener. I grew up in the country and moved to a town when quite young and I always wanted to get back to rural living, on my own farm, with my own animals and fruit trees. It took many years of living in suburbia! When my children grew up and left home I decided I needed a smaller house and a bigger garden so in 2012 I bought this lovely cottage on 5 acres of flat, sunny land on the outskirts of Motueka to pursue my permaculture dreams.
Lynda Hannah purchased this Cottage in 2012
Why Lynda Hannah chose Motueka
The Garden of Eden is conveniently close to town yet feels rural, surrounded by vineyards and orchards. It is private and mostly quiet. There are 7 sheep, 3 alpacas, 7 ducks, 35 hens, 6 beehives, a horse, several dogs, and a very elderly cat on the farm. You can choose to interact with them or not as you will have your own private garden with a sunny verandah.
What makes this Cottage unique
Some of the sheep are very friendly and will eat out of your hand! Guests can feed the hens and ducks and collect eggs, and stroke the horse, play with the dogs if you wish. I'm happy to give a guided tour of the farm, and I ask that guests don't explore the farm without first having a guided tour. The Motueka river is 2km away and is a world-renowned trout fishing river in season. You can sit and watch skydivers coming down to land in the aerodrome nearby.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
- Shoes off inside the house please.
Good spot to explore parts of Abel Tasman. We were the first guests and work is still in progress so hard to give a rating as I think things will change! Very helpful host, thank you!
This cottage is nestled among apple orchards, kiwifruit and grape vineyards. There is a small local airport with tourist flights, skydiving, microlights, etc, an easy walk away. I did a skydive about 12 years ago and I was astounded at the view! From 13,000ft I could see Mt Taranaki and Wellington Harbour in the North Island, Golden Bay and Farewell Spit, the Marlborough Sounds, the Southern Alps, the Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks in the South Island, and my house right down there! If you decide to do it I recommend choosing a very clear day.
The Motueka river is lovely for swimming and trout fishing, Tasman Bay is fabulous for kayaking and paddle boarding, Kaiteriteri Beach is just stunningly beautiful, and Takaka Hill where parts of Lord of the Rings was filmed are all within a short drive.
At New Year my son and I took a Water Taxi to Torrent Bay in the Abel Tasman National Park and walked back to Marahau. It was about 20km along the glorious coastline, with beautiful beaches, waterfalls, native bush, and Cleopatra's Pool to visit en route. - a fabulous day out. You can do shorter or longer walks and get a water taxi there or back, or both.
It's also possible to hire bikes and kayaks and go exploring the area. There's no shortage of things to do.