Manderley Farm

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KenVicLee
Huntington Beach, CA2,002 contributions
Excellent Sheep Herding Demonstration
Mar 2020
This is a working farm. When we arrived with Canterbury Trails Tours our tour guide, Hugo, mentions he had never been here before because their company usually visited another sheep farm for this demonstration. Our host, Mary, greets us as we pull up. She then introduces us to Tanya who operates her own sheep herding service.

Mary explains that her husband, and their dogs, are out fixing fences so Tanya has substituted in. She arrives with four dogs and explains to us their various roles. One is older and follows commands better. One is younger and experienced but not great about following instructions. One is just over a year and still learning so he is there mostly to watch.

Unlike a sheep herding demonstration you might see at an arena, this demonstration takes place in the hills surrounding Manderley's substantial property. Tanya sets her older dog off into the hills. Then with a serious of whistles, and later arm motions, has the dog round up a herd of sheep that was grazing half a mile away. It was incredible to watch.

Following that exercise we went to Mary's sheep shearing barn where we got an up close and personal demonstration of Tanya shearing one of the sheep. Afterwards Mary invited us into her home where we were offered coffee or tea plus homemade cookies. Some of up bought a trinket, a painted sheep stone, as a souvenir. It was a very fun demonstration done by really nice people.
Written 29 April 2020
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Steve T
Englewood, CO20 contributions
A delight (and I don't really use the word delight)
Feb 2020
Beautifully warm people, beautiful animals, in a fantastic setting. Ross and Mary Millar have a gorgeous spread and a lovely home. If you're interested in watching real working dogs go to work (we're border collie people and knew nothing about the "huntaway" breed the New Zelanders have developed to do the heavy lifting of getting sheep down the mountain), or if you just want a beautiful drive and a relaxing cuppa tea and a biscuit, this is a great place to visit. We visited as part of a cruise ship excursion. It's close to Little River, NZ.
Written 25 February 2020
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Louis R
32 contributions
New Zealand Sheep Farm
Jan 2020 • Friends
Visited the Manderley Farm at Little River on the shores of Lake Forsyth. The owners were very nice and have taken care of their place since 1974. The sheep dog demonstration of herding was very good along with the shearing a sheep. The house and garden was lovely. They also gave us a lamb roll with a flaky crust that was very good. Very enjoyable meeting Ross and Mary!
Written 7 February 2020
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Zulkarnain Ahmad
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia339 contributions
Wonderful sheep dogs and delightful hosts
Feb 2020 • Couples
We had the opportunity to watch first hand sheep dogs in action and sheep shearing. The wool industry is apparently not what it used to be with the advent of synthetic wool.The number of sheep in New Zealand has dwindled from 17million to about 13miliion. Hence, farmers have gone into other areas like dairy farming. Anyway, the hosts not only imparted knowledge but were very hospitable. Their home looks so cozy and charming and has an immaculate garden..
Written 5 February 2020
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Ellen F
New York City, NY84 contributions
Beautiful Location and Fascinating Demonstrations
Jan 2020
We visited Manderley Farm as an excursion from a cruise ship and it was absolutely fascinating! Wonderfully warm welcome from the owners of the farm and incredible demonstrations of sheep shearing and dog herding. The dog was sent up into a field to get sheep who were sleeping under a tree. In under 5 minutes the dog had brought ALL of the sheep (including three who tried to sneak off) to our feet. The owner Ross explained how he trains the dogs and shared some of the history of dogs herding sheep in NZ. Interesting and funny presentation on both herding and shearing was followed by tea and homemade refreshments in the owner's home garden which was lovely. They also had some handmade woolen items for sale as well as a cookbook. A very pleasant and enjoyable afternoon!
Written 17 January 2020
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Andrea P
29 contributions
Showing German tourists
Jan 2020 • Business
Upon arrival we were greeted warmly by the owner ,He was very skilled with his dogs to get the sheep down the mountaintop and into the yard ,After that a demonstration of shearing one of them and answering all the questions ,The finale was going into the house for some morning tea ,It consisted of one shortbread cookie and a small sausage roll ,Juice coffee and tea ,As a foodie that looked very meager ,All in all it was a authentic working farm and interesting to watch ,I would have loved seeing more of the farm or hanging out a little longer,
Written 7 January 2020
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NA1952
Vancouver, Canada41 contributions
Remarkable!
Jan 2020
We were a diverse group of eight people, including six adults and two young (3 and 6 year old) children. Despite our different backgrounds and ages, we found the visit to Manderley Farm one of the best in our experience, ever. It is hard to find a superlative that describes how much we enjoyed the visit and the "infotainment" provided by Ross Millar along with the working dog that rounded up some sheep, the sheep that was sheared by Ross and the lamb that the children were able to pet. As other reviews have suggested, a visit to Manderley Farm is "not to be missed".

The historic farmhouse and surrounding garden are simply stunning. The setting in general is pure New Zealand and the "animal show" demonstrates Kiwi inventiveness and its contribution to the agricultural success of the country.
Written 5 January 2020
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OhioJoyce
Cincinnati, OH40 contributions
One of the Best ship Exursions
Feb 2019 • Friends
We recently returned from a Viking Orion cruise to Australia and New Zealand. One of the highlights of our cruise was an excursion to the Manderley Family Sheep Farm while the ship was in port at Christchurch. The owners, an enthusiastic middle aged couple treated our group as though we were the first tourists to visit their lovely farm. We were thrilled watching one of their sheep dogs herd a group of sheep down a mountain by mostly whistled commands from the owner. Then we went into a barn where the owner sheared 2 sheep for us. The final part of our visit was an invitation into the owners home where we were served snacks and a homemade fruit drink. We enjoyed sitting in their beautiful gardens before we boarded our bus back to the ship. Please, don't miss out on this outstanding experience.
Written 13 March 2019
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Paul V
Sun City West, AZ202 contributions
Really fun demo of sheep farming in NZ
Feb 2019 • Couples
Ross and his wife managed a sheep farm of 1400 sheep Ross demonstrated how his sheep dog could herd the sheep about ¼ mile away with whistle and voice commands…. Quite impressive. Ross also demonstrated shearing a sheep, and said that the professionals he hires each year can each shear 300 sheep in a day, taking about 90 seconds each. Afterward they provided tea and coffee on their well manicured farm.
Written 12 March 2019
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JobeeMom
Toronto, Canada1,277 contributions
Not to be missed
Nov 2018 • Friends
Our small group private tour arrived at Manderley as two bus loads of passengers from our cruise ship were leaving the farm. So glad that our driver timed our arrival to avoid the big crowd. The farm owner, Ross, brought us to the shearing shed and gave us a private presentation of sheep shearing and showed us different samples of wool. I have seen sheep shearing previously at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, but it’s different to see it done in an actual working farm. Afterwards, we went back outside and watched one of his collie dogs, guided by Ross’ whistle commands, herd the sheep down from the rolling hills. It was an incredible sight. The dog ran all the way up to the top of the hill to gather the sheep and was still able to follow Ross’ whistle commands from such a long distance. I could only imagine the efforts and patience spent training these dogs. Afterwards, we went inside Ross’ farmhouse to chat and spent some leisure time in his lovely garden where Ross’ wife, Mary served us tea, coffee and yummy homemade pastries. The whole property was very clean and well maintained. The experience was educational and fun. Ross and Mary were gracious hosts. It was a very enjoyable visit to add to our New Zealand adventure.
Written 15 February 2019
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