We had a great stay at the Shepherds Rest, it’s a shame we only had one night. Fantastic rural location with amazing views and every thing you needed in the hut to make your stay comfortable, a great nights sleep was had by all! :) Our host Jennie was fab and made us feel very welcome, we hope to return for longer next time.
Gumtree is a genuine NZ farmstay experience with animal feeding (alpacas,cows,sheep,pig etc) and friendly family dogs and cats thrown in as good company. Friendly host Jennie makes you feel really welcomed and she makes a wonderful breakfast too! Nearby Oamaru penguin tour (we saw over 200 penguins!) and the historic precinct are major bonuses. Highly recommend Gumtree as part of your NZ South Island itinerary.
The hostess was warm and friendly and gave us a farm tour and had us feed the llamas which was fun. Stood in the sheep enclosure and watched her dog move the sheep. Her older daughter helped too and was wonderful. We had a very nice room in her house with bath across the hall. This is a shared bath but we were lucky to not to have another guest to share. I had not read close this had a shared bath. The downsides for me that I saw her kids in the hall. If I had realized I might have had a shared bath I would not gave booked. I got lucky. We opted for the dinner. It was OK I thought the $40 per person charge was steep since not a real restaurant. We shared the dinner table with her family. Two of the kids I felt were not happy with that. The hosyess helped us to and fro with our luggage. Others might love this experience. For me. Not really my preference. The hostess was very interesting to talk to …
Jenni and her family were wonderful hosts, nothing was too much trouble and they had time to chat, really interesting to hear about life in a different country. Breakfast was lovely, the room was very comfortable and the bathroom enormous. It was my husband's birthday while we were staying and Jenni produced a delicious dinner for us, in fact her daught Kate cooked the amazing chocolate pudding. Thank you very much.
Had the best stay at Gumtree Farmhouse and host Jennie was wonderful! Apart from the wonderful brekkie prepared by Jennie...everything from the smallest details to that of introducing us to the must dos were top-notch. The farm sits at 82 Devils Bridge Road and u will see the Gumtree Farmstay wooden stand at the entrance to the farm. The place sits on a 2-hectare pc of land and the farm was simply lovely! Not too far from the main town centre yet close to nature for us to really rest and relax. I have attached pics on how to get to the farm once u arrive at Devils Bridge.