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August 2012

Taranaki/Manawatu Farming Lifestyles

Tourism diversification opens up opportunities By Denise Gunn

Establishing a farm stay and combining this with farm walks has opened up more income producing opportunities for Manawatu/Rangitikei sheep and beef farmers Neil and Virginia Travers


Neil and Virginia extended their farm stay operation with the introduction of Weka Walks. Walks are marked and instruction sheets and maps given to guests

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he couple purchased their Mangaweka farm ‘Mt Huia’ in 1993 under a special settlement scheme provided by the Rural Bank. Virginia said very low equity was required at that time to make a first farm purchase. “But this worked against us when a year later the new Labour Government, under David Lange, removed all subsidies on which our budgets had been based.” “After extended years of working under budgetary control we were able to farm out of the recession and eventually able to add acreage to make the unit more economic,” she said. As a means of creating another income and to give families an opportunity to holiday in the country, Neil and Virginia decided to establish a farm stay in an unused house on the property. “We were very aware of a disconnection of town people with the country,” said Virginia. “This was partly as a result of the fact that no longer did almost everyone in town have a relative living on a farm and somewhere they could have outdoor summer holidays, as was previously the case.” After purchasing an adjacent small block in 1999, the couple transferred

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The Gorges to Sea Cycleway, set up by Rangitikei Tourism in 2009, and the recent trail opened as part of the New Zealand Cycleway, both go directly past Neil and Virginia’s Mt Huia farm, proving its location near SH1 at Mangaweka to be an ideal stay when following these cycle routes

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Taranaki/Manawatu Farming Lifestyles, August 2012  

Taranaki/Manawatu Farming Lifestyles, August 2012

Taranaki/Manawatu Farming Lifestyles, August 2012  

Taranaki/Manawatu Farming Lifestyles, August 2012