Heron's Ridge Farmstay - Bed & Breakfast Accommodation Horse

Heron's Ridge Farm Stay and Sport Horse Stud

Price Range $100 -$140 /night (double), $50-$70/night(single). Bed & Breakfast. Dinner $40 per person. Private bathroom facilities. Self contained garden studio available. The tranquility of a Farm and Sport Horse stud. 1 hour from Auckland heading south. E-mail....herons.ridge@xtra.co.nz

Notes from the Hosts:

Welcome to Heron's Ridge, your home in the Waikato. The tranquility of our farm and sport horse stud in the hills of the Waikato is a perfect setting for your stay, close to the shores of Lake Waikare.

Set in 25 acres, Heron's Ridge occupies an attractive secluded setting midway between Auckland and Hamilton. Although both cities and their international airports are within 1 hours drive, you would never know as we are away from all the traffic. State Highway 1 between Auckland and Hamilton is 10 minutes drive away.

Heron's Lodge      Heron's Lodge

We are just a 15 minute walk to the shores of Lake Waikere and of course you are welcome to explore our farm where we are creating a small nature reserve. John will be pleased to introduce you to our stallions and mares together with their foals who are usually born in the spring (Nov to Dec). We also have some cattle, goats and sheep. No farm is complete without some friendly pets like our talkative oriental cat and two black labrador huntaway dogs.

Both our new qualtity Garden Studio and the in-house bedrooms are appointed to ensure your comfort during your stay with us. Overlooking the garden and farm paddocks, this is rural New Zealand at its best.

Breakfast and Dinner is served farm house style around a large table where we delight in serving you a scrumptious breakfast with a wide choice to suit all tastes. Fresh tea and coffee are available on request.

We ask our guests not to smoke in the house as a courtesy to the other guests.



The self contained Garden Studio is attached by a covered portice to the main house and comprises a queen size bed with en suite shower and toilet, a small kitchen and lounge. In the studio you can prepare your own meals or have meals provided and served in the main house. Alternative arrangements are available on request.

We will be pleased to arrange dinner to suite your taste or recommend a local restaurant. BYO Wine or choose from our Selection

We are the perfect location for your first night in New Zealand, just 1 hours drive from Auckland City and the Auckland International Airport. We respect your privacy but are delighted to share our home and hospitality with you. Aotearoa, the Land of the Long White Cloud awaits you. Welcome. Kia Ora.

Directions to the establishment:

From Auckland or Hamilton, take State Highway 1 (SH1) to Te Kauwhata. Leave the highway and pass through Te Kauwhata. At the 100km sign check your car's odometer and note the reading. Drive for another 5km along Waeranga Rd. You will see Waikare Rd sign on your right (underneath is our farmstay sign). Turn right and drive for 1 km. On the right, opposite our green letterbox, is Heron's Ridge. The road gate number is in red on a white background is 1131.


60 minutes from Auckland and International Airport,
45 minutes from Hamilton.
90 minutes from Tauranga
90 minutes from Rotorua
90 minutes from Coromandel
2.5 hours to Taupo
1.5 hours to Waitomo Caves
60 minutes to Cambridge

Local Points of Interest:

  • Golf - within 15 minutes drive there are two 18 hole golf courses. Heron's Ridge is ideal for a weekend break or part of your golfing holiday.
  • Riding - we are developing an olympic size dressage arena available for hire. Riding can be arranged locally.


  • Wineries - Visit our local wineries for a taste of fine wines.

  • Swimming - do you like it hot? - We are just 25 minutes from the largest natural hot pool in the Southern Hemisphere. Do you like it cool? - we have a secluded plunge pool for your use.
  • New Zealand's Long Walk - along the Waikato River banks
  • Heritage Trails
  • Internationally recognised wetlands - there are 3 in the North Waikato

    You are welcome to enjoy our secluded garden with some fun games of tossing horse shoes, petanque and croquet.

    Your Host's Speciality Tours ... www pacificecotourism.com


    Making a Reservation and Important Information:

    Internet address: http://www.huntly.net.nz/herons.html
    Address.....Heron's Ridge, 1131 Waikare Rd, RD1, Te Kauwhata, New Zealand.
    Postal Address.. as above.
    Telephone...64 7 826 4646
    Fax........64 7 826 4646
    E-mail....herons_ridge@xtra.co.nz or click on our Herons Ridge's Booking Form

    Tariff..... Self contained studio.. $120/night (double), $70/single
    Inquire for long stay rates and family rates.
    In the house $80-$100/night/double, $50-$60/night/single
    Best time to call...Mornings
    Credit Cards.....Not available,
    Please no smoking in the house.
    Open all year. Off street parking available.
    Checkin...... before 11.30am or after 4.30pm
    Checkout.... 10.30 am


    Updated 22 October, 2004.
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