Benlea Farm and Garden Tours

Benlea Farm and Garden Tours

Benlea Farm and Garden Tours
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At Benlea Sheep and Cattle Farm Tours we can take up to seven people in our comfortable 4WD vehicle for a customised and informative tour of our working farm including morning or afternoon tea. You can also meet the pet sheep or wander around our beautiful large country garden. Please visit our website for more details and pricing.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Dorothy
Portland, OR22 contributions
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Dec 2022
We enjoyed a truly delightful visit to Benlea Farm. It was the most memorable tour I've done in a long time. I've always dreamed of seeing a working dog in action and we were able to watch their dog Fly single-handedly move 900 sheep to a new paddock. Then we bottle fed an orphan lamb, took a tour of the shearing shed, and saw some very handsome bulls grazing in a field of mixed greens. The setting is unbelievably beautiful with the Southern Alps in the background. It was bliss. I wondered aloud if the sheep appreciated the views. Probably not, but we certainly did. We swooned. Some of our best memories of our trip to New Zealand are from this day and we will never forget it. Thank you Cathie!
Written 4 January 2023
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2C2_travel
Boston, MA117 contributions
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Dec 2022
We wanted an authentic experience seeing a working farm, and were not disappointed. We made arrangements with Cathie months in advance for a weekday afternoon tour in late December. It took us about 2-1/2 hours to get there from Lake Tekapo on our way to Christchurch. It was rainy and overcast but we made the most of it.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by Cathie who drove us around in her SUV for a tour. We drove through the many many acres of her family’s picturesque farm and saw hundreds of cattle and sheep in their paddocks. We drove right up next to 6 or 7 bulls, who didn’t seem too bothered by our presence. She gave super clear explanations of how her farm operates, its history, and their regenerative practices. We then drove over to their large central work area (shed/barn?), where we saw where they sheared the sheep, and watched their dog herd and corral sheep into smaller groups for sorting. We also met Cathie’s two daughters, Katie and Laura. We then walked over to a fenced area and hand fed some of their treasured sheep and one horse.

At the end, we were invited into her home for tea and delicious homemade scones while watching a video of key events (storms, shearing, young lambs). This tour was a most delightful treat and highlight of our visit to New Zealand, and we came way understanding much more about farm life and appreciating how important farms are to all of us.
Written 30 December 2022
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Writer Darryl
Singapore, Singapore3 contributions
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Dec 2019
Our trip to Cathie and Sam's farm was absolutely one of the highlights of our 2-week, 2-island NZ tour. Their whole family shares their knowledge of farming and animals as you move through different landscapes with both sheep and cattle. I'd recommend this to anyone who loves nature, learning, animals, the outdoors and dogs. Beautiful views from the farm, too. Scones and fresh cream at the end! Yum.

Tip: the petrol/gas stations in the area are automated to cards most travellers won't have. Arrive with some gas in the tank.
Written 20 March 2020
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HY Tay
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Dec 2019
The farm tour was amazing - my group of 15 had Cathie and Katie drive us around their grounds to, amongst others, see sheep shearing (the sheep being herded for shearing with a full coat then thereafter being dismissed one-by-one naked XD); Katie's dog, Fly, demonstrating his amazing herding skills on a group of bulls; a gorgeous view of a river from their grounds; feed and pet their pet horse and sheeps (Allan and George). They also provided explanation of the work that is being done on their farms. We also had scones and coffee refreshments after the tour which was great.

Katie was also very patient and responsive before the tour answering the many questions we had over Facebook messenger, so thank you Cathie and Katie for this very pleasant experience from start till end. Will definitely recommend!!
Written 31 December 2019
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dmk2000
Brisbane, Australia17 contributions
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Jan 2019 • Couples
We did a farm tour today. Katie was our main host but we also met the rest of the family - they are a lovely, down to earth and welcoming family. The tour was tailored to our interests.

We arrived on a day when sheep shearing was being done. The yards were very well laid out and the sheep were very calm and the shearers were doing a great job.

We then did a tour of the farm to see the other sheep, cattle and various fodder crops they were growing. The property is set in a stunning location.

Morning tea was great. Plenty of tasty food (scones in our case) and tea / coffee.

The family answered our endless questions about farming in the area, particularly one where a meter of snow is not uncommon.

We would thoroughly recommend the tour. They also have cottage accommodation and while we didn’t go inside, it would be worth investigating for visitors thinking about staying in the region.
Written 22 January 2019
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Thanks guys It was so great meeting you today. We're really glad that you guys enjoyed the tour, it was very easy and pleasant hosting such like-minded people! We hope to meet you again soon in the future, the cottage will be waiting for you ;) All the best with your future endeavours in sheep farming! :)
Written 23 January 2019
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jessicam862018
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
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Aug 2018 • Couples
We have been travelling in NZ and it was our last night in Windwhistle and we wanted to do a farm tour and see some animals. We phoned Benlea tours and enquired however it was after closing hours and Cathie and her daughter were very accomodating and so friendly and offered us an opportunity to come see their farm and animals after hours. Cathie and her daughter were very knowledgeable and passionate about farming and the care of their animals. We learned a lot about farm life in a short amount of time, and the challenges they face. Cathie allowed my husband and I to help feed her lambs who were only 1 week old! Normally you don’t have lambs in the winter so it was an amazing experience. A must see is their sheep George who we saw running down the field when called, which was a funny sight as he had a big character that’s for sure! We highly recommend Benlea farm to anyone travelling in the Mt. Hutt region. They have accomodation too with lovely mountain views.
Written 18 August 2018
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Thank you Jessica - it was a pleasure having you both here at Benlea. I'm glad we could show you a wee bit of our life here.
Written 20 August 2018
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diane m
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico70 contributions
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Apr 2018 • Solo
My daughter and I were staying at the Gunyah Country Estate Bed & Breakfast (a 5 star B&B- highly recommend it) and asked the owner for a recommendation to a sheep and cattle farm- "one that was not too commercial, more of a family frun farm". She recommended the Benlea farm and that's where we went and had a wonderful experience. As soon as we arrived, Cathie whisked us into her pick up truck and off we went to see the different operations of the farm. She showed us where, how and when the sheep are sheared.My daughter who is a vegan wanted to make sure the sheep were treated well while been sheared. Cathie explained to us that they had some of the best people working with their flocks. They really care for their sheep and cattle. After, we visited some of her pet sheep and her daughters horse. We continued in her truck going to see the sheep, cattle and crops.. We had lots of questions ( coming from PR we do not know a lot of about sheep). She explained in detail how the sheep and cattle are fed in the winter, how they grow the crops, the system of moving them around the pens, etc. etc. She was so patience and answered all our questions. After we went into her lovely house and she made us coffee and homemade biscuits and we watched a very interesting video of the farm. Later we met her husband, Sam, who also answered more of our questions . This was exactly the kind of farm I was looking for- it felt like i was with family. Great experience and would highly recommend it, Thank you Cathie and Sam for a wonderful morning . Good luck. Hope you like the pictures i posted. Diane
Written 17 April 2018
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Thank you Diane. It was lovely meeting you both and I am glad we could reassure your daughter about our animals, and answer all your questions, and that you felt so comfortable here. Happy travels!
Written 17 April 2018
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