Farm Tours

Here at Lakeview Lodge Karapiro we have the unique opportunity to offer Farm Experiences for our Guests. On our adjoining farm – Lake Farm, and at two locations, 20 minutes from the Lodge – Top Notch Calves. These three farms offer the opportunity to experience the wide range of dairy farming available in New Zealand.

Our tours are led by Joanne Leigh, who holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, with 1st Class Honours and in addition has a hands-on approach to farming and a zest for life. Joanne has roles consulting both on the domestic and international stage The Guests will be well catered for from a beginners approach to a more in-depth insight into farming.


Farm Tour Options, which can include refreshments at Lakeview Lodge or nearby:


1. 1-hour tour of Lake Farm, with amazing views of Lake Karapiro.  Tour encompasses full explanation of our farming operation, a walk through the paddocks, viewing the cows and calves on farm.  Petting and photo’s with “Big Red” (our famous hand reared cow who loves a pat and a cuddle).


2. 2-hour afternoon milking tour.  Travel 15 minutes to a local dairy farm at Tirau and see NZ cows being bought in for milking and milked in a Herringbone cowshed.  Experience putting the cups on the cows, tasting the milk fresh from the vat and get a real inside view of family farming in NZ. 


3. 2-hour tour of Top-Notch Calves.  Travel 20 minutes to a large scale commercial calf rearing unit where 5,000 – 7,000 calves are reared per annum.  See the calves inside the sheds, experience hand feeding a calf, view the calves in the paddocks and get a real inside look into how a calf rearing operation works.  Tours can be designed for specialist groups (eg. vets, school aged children etc).  This farm has been filmed for Country Calendar, so is of special interest.


4. 1 - 2 hours of a local lifestyle sheep farm, get up and personal and enjoy the great knowledge of lifetime farmers full of facts and explain what is happening on the farm and also the rural landscape itself surrounding this tranquil location overlooking Lake Karapiro.  A great choice for small groups with morning or afternoon tea included or a late afternoon refreshment with your hosts.


Or combine any tour to suit your needs. 


We can cater for special interest groups for example Veterinarians, Ag Students, Corporate Interest etc.


Tour pricing on application subject to numbers and specific requirements

“We have a farm bio-security programme in place”

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