Waiwhenua Farmstay offers interesting farmstay activities including guided trout fishing, farm tours, unguided walks and guided hunting adventures.
Trout Fishing with Local Residential Guide
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. We do offer our local guided service with Robbie who lives and works on the farm. His knowledge of the river and techniques are invaluable. Prior bookings are essential for this activity. Rates are below for the different options offered. No past experience necessary however this is not suitable for young children due to the requirement of river crossings. Children are welcome to spend time with Robbie to learn under a special arrangements. Whilst being guided we offer free Rod hire for those that do not have there own angling equipment.
Guided Fishing Packages
- Half day $300 plus Free Rod and tackle hire * Morning or afternoon/evening session - up to two anglers
- Full day $500 plus Free Rod and tackle hire * Lunch provided - up to two anglers
* Free Rod hire - angler will be responsible for any damage or loss of tackle
Guided Fishing and Fishing Cabin Accommodation Package
- 2 nights Accommodation at the River Cabin plus 1 full day guided fishing- 6-7 hours $650* - up to two anglers
- 2 nights Accommodation at the River Cabin plus one half day guided fishing- 3-4 hours $500* - up to two anglers
*Rod hire - angler will be responsible for any damage or loss of tackle
We can also offer free access to the river for those wanting to tackle it alone. This is accessed through the River Side Park. Access is only available for those who choose to stay at the River Park .
All anglers are 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 up the farm track through the heart of the farm to the historic Woolshed. 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 the day.
A visit to the Historic Waiwhenua Homestead is also recommended. You might be rewarded with fresh veges and fruit in season. Our tank walk to the highest point of the farm is also popular with commanding views as far as the eye can see. In the evenings you can experience the beautiful sunset over the mountains range.
The circle walk around the pine forest above the river is also popular for those with a good level of fitness.
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.
We offer guests a comprehensive farm tour of the farm and its activities. These tours are informative and interesting for those wanting an in depth understanding of the farming operation at Waiwhenua. We travel in a farm utility or side by side over the farmland taking in the magnificent views and experiencing the operations of the day on the farm. The tour usually takes approx. one hour.
Rate $50 per hour Maximum 4 guests Prior bookings are essential for these tours
We offer guided hunting both on the farm and in the local ranges. Both Robbie and Willie who live and work on the farm can offer different options according to the season. Both duck and pheasant hunting is popular during the autumn season on the farm and for the more adventurous hunting they can guide you into the Kaweka Ranges to there favorite hunting spots for both deer and other game.
This option is subject to season regulations. Please email us for further information.