High Peaks Farm Stay: Mangamahu, North Island New Zealand, Part #1


leafy outdoor eating area with garden views, High Peaks Farm Stay, Mangamahu, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

What are you looking for when you book B & B accommodation over the Easter break? Cosy? Peaceful rural setting? Delightfully isolated? High Peaks Farm Stay in Mangamahu on the North Island of New Zealand has all these and so much more.

What my husband Ben and I didn't realise we were looking for (but gratefully accepted) include adventurous quad bike rides to the top of the property; incredible views towards Mount Ruapehu and warm welcome by hosts Michelle and Stuart.

This is the first of two posts to introduce you to the delights of the former farm manager's cottage, built in the 1960's, that is High Peaks Farm Stay. The second will guide you through the lifetime-highlight expedition to enjoy the breathtaking views from the highest point on the property (2,200 feet, just over 670 metres).

High Peaks is a wonderful 45 minute drive from Whanganui past fields of corn, cows and sheep; and alongside gorges. One of the pleasures is there is no internet or cell phone coverage. There is a record player, coffee plunger, swimming pool and established gardens.

The property was established by current owner Stuart's father Greg, who was a horticulturalist. According to Michelle, he would walk the hills sprinkling mixed seeds from his pockets. Greg pioneered planting poplar trees on hillsides to prevent slips and erosion. As we visited in Autumn, the leaves were a bright yellow, complimenting the golden hours of both sunrise and sunset.

High Peaks Farm Stay can be booked on Air BnB and found on Facebook. The cottage sleeps six people across a double bed; and two rooms with twin beds in each.

Stay tuned for epic sunrise and sunset views on the adventure quad bike trips to the top of the hills, in part 2.

When I'm not on holiday with my husband, I photograph weddings and families exploring the great outdoors, in the Wairarapa.

high peaks farm stay, Mangamahu, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

High Peaks Farm Stay appears up the sweeping driveway.

kitchen at High Peaks Farm Stay, Mangamahu, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

The well equipped kitchen welcomes you.

vintage crockery Mangamahu, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

Vintage touches abound.

sun lit dining area, Mangamahu, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

Cosy dining corner and wildlife books.

candle sticks, High Peaks Farm Stay, Mangamahu, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

Romantic candle lighting suits relaxing honeymoon-ing couples.

coffee table, High Peaks Farm Stay, Mangamahu, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

Sun lit lounge area.

german shepard painting and record player, High Peaks Farm Stay, Mangamahu, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

Max the German Shepard guards the record player.

hot cross buns and coffee at High Peaks Farm Stay, Mangamahu, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

Easter hot cross buns and plunger coffee greet the day.

Native bird toys and binoculars Mangamahu, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

Families can enjoy the bird toys and bird watching!

coffee table books, High Peaks Farm Stay, Mangamahu, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

There are plenty of books for cooler Autumn evenings.

lounge area High Peaks Farm Stay, Mangamahu, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

Interesting vintage memorabilia decorate the walls.

NZ cushions and whiskey, High Peaks Farm Stay, Mangamahu, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

Comfort and whiskey...

vintage farming pictures, High Peaks Farm Stay, Mangamahu, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

Learn farming from the best.

light shining through vase with hydrangias, High Peaks Farm Stay, Mangamahu, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

Tree light.

family bathroom, High Peaks Farm Stay, Mangamahu, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

The family bathroom inside the main building. There is a second bathroom with a shower adjacent.

children's toys at High Peaks Farm Stay, Mangamahu, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

Toys keep young and old amused.

double bedroom at High Peaks Farm Stay, Mangamahu, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

The tastefully decorated double bedroom.

twin room at High Peaks Farm Stay, Mangamahu, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

One of the two twin rooms enjoy views too.

yellow geometric bed linen at High Peaks Farm Stay, Mangamahu, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

Yellow bed linen to match the sunset.

Check out eepic sunrise and sunset views on the adventure quad bike trips to the top of the hills, in Part 2.

When I'm not on holiday with my husband, I photograph weddings and families exploring the great outdoors, in the Wairarapa.

Lots of love, Sarah x

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