Waiwhenua Farmstay offers many interesting farmstay activities including trout fishing, unguided walks and guided hunting adventures.
Trout Fishing with Local Guides
The Tutaekauri River offers the angler top-quality fishing for a large population of rainbow trout some of which reach very large sizes. Predominantly rainbow trout but with some brown trout the fish average around 1.5 kg though many fish in the 2-3 kg range, particularly in the upper reaches. There can be a good run of sea-run brown trout in the lower reaches some of which also reach impressive sizes.
We recommend the use of a fishing guide for those unfamiliar with the river. Our main guide is Gary Harlem from Wild Trout adventures. His knowledge of the river and techniques are invaluable. Please visit Garys site for further information. www.wildtroutadventures.co.nz
We can also offer free access for those wanting to tackle it alone. This is through our farm track that winds down to the river to our River Side Park.
All anglers re required to hold a current NZ Fishing Licence which can be obtained from NZ Fish and Game website or a local tackle store.
Other guides are available but it is essential to book them in ahead of your stay.
The farm has several good walks catering for all ages and levels of experience and fitness. Our most popular walk is a stroll down the farm track through the heart of the farm to the river. This usually takes a couple of hours but it can be extended to include several other additional routes. You can visit our historic Waiwhenua Woolshed and see some of the workings going on in the yards on route on the day. Our tank walk to the highest point of the farm is popular with commanding views as far as the eye can see. In the evenings you can experience the beautiful sunset over the mountains range.
You will experience majestic scenery and views, plenty of birds and wild life and fill your lungs with fresh Hawkes Bay air. A good pair of walking shoes is essential and during the winter months it is recommended to have a pair of gumboots on the farm. Our hot sunny summer requires sunblock and a good hat as well.
All walks are un-guided however you must have prior permission to access any other parts of the property. You will be walking through stock at times and all gates must be left as you found them. Any disruption of stock due to negligence will not be appreciated by those that work on the farm. It is important to keep to the designated tracks.
Entering and exploring our property is by permission only. You are entering our property at your own risk and we hold no responsibility for any accident or injury incurred while staying at Waiwhenua.