Pick up from your accommodation and drive towards the Southern Alps and enjoy the changing view as we cross over the Canterbury Plains towards Springfield. It is a distance of about 80 kms and takes 1 hour to the foothills of the Southern Alps. You will see quite a large cross section of farms from dairying,cropping,seed production,deer farming and a range of livestock. We can stop to take photos along the way if you wish.
Upon arrival at the farm we can firstly feed the sheep with nuts which provides a great chance to take some photos.Next we will see the sheep dog demonstration where Chris will show you the amazing ability of the dogs to control and move the sheep around.Next you can try your hand at shedding sheep which is where you separate the sheep as they are driven along the race towards you by the sheep dog. Lastly there is a great chance to take a photo with the Border Collie Sheepdog “Blue” on a lovely rock setting.
Next meet the Alpacas and have your photo taken with them and the beautiful blue waters of the Waimakariri River in the background as a back drop.
Lastly see a sheep shearing demonstration and have the opportunity to try yourself at shearing with help from Chris. Conclude the tour with afternoon tea of homemade scones and cookie s made by Del in the woolshed.
My basic farm tour takes you to a typical New Zealand Sheep farm where you can see both a Sheep Dog and a Sheep Shearing demonstration as well as morning or afternoon tea.The farm is set in the foothills of the Southern Alps on the banks of the Waimakriri River Gorge,so the the farm offers you some great photo opportunities, both scenery, feeding the sheep, shedding sheep, Al Pacas and also a chance to try a bit of shearing yourself.
Allow 4 hours.
I can also take you to a range of other farms dependent on your specific interest. I myself come from a farming background and so have quite an extensive knowledge and experience in farming both here in New Zealand and Scotland. Please don’t hesitate to mail me if you wish to make inquiries about doing a visit to another type of farming operation. I can also assist in arrangements for technical visits if requested.