We offer bed and breakfast farmstay accommodation in a scenic rural setting on New Zealand’s North Island.
The Farm has been in the Robertson family since after the Second World War, when John’s dad Maurice returned from service overseas and moved to Piopio with his wife Rosemary. They lived in the Homestead until their deaths, farming sheep and cattle and raising five children.
In the late 1970’s “Maurie” was one of the first landowners in the King Country to transfer stands of native bush to the Queen Elizabeth II Trust for protection in perpetuity. He continued to plant trees throughout his life. Rosemary was a keen gardener. Due to their efforts there are many native birds around the property, including Tui, Wood Pigeon, Kingfisher and Fantail. Bell Bird and Shining Cuckoo are heard but rarely seen. At night Morepork can be heard calling by light sleepers and stargazers still up mesmerized by the night sky.
Bordered by the Mangaotaki River, a destination for trout fishermen in the area, our 60 acre property continues to be a working sheep farm. It is known locally for its garden and specimen trees, a legacy we are keen to preserve. Limestone features (and sheep) dot rolling green hills.
Located south of Piopio Village on SH3, Struan Farm is convenient for day trips to Waitomo Caves and Hairy Feet Waitomo Hobbit Film Location, also day trips to Tongariro World Heritage Area. We can give you lots of ideas on what else to do in the area depending on your interests. But it’s also the perfect place to relax and unwind in a peaceful rural setting. Walking tracks are accessible for most levels of fitness.
Accommodation options are all self-contained, and consist of the one bedroom Homestead, three bedroom Cottage, and rustic Jim’s Hut overlooking the river.
Breakfast is provided. We are happy to accommodate specific dietary requirements when advised in advance. Other meals (or groceries) can be arranged at additional cost. Food grown at Struan Farm or sourced locally is offered whenever possible.
We look forward to sharing our special place with you. Please contact us with any questions.
Karen Barrett & John Robertson
© 2014 Struan Farm.