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Peter and Helen’s Farm

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Peter and Helen’s Farm


Your hosts: Peter and Helen
Location: Ngahinapouri, Waikato
Driving time: 20 minutes from Hamilton CBD

Peter and Helen started farming in 1972, and their 150-cow dairy farm is what they call a bit of a hobby. To most of us, it would look like very hard work. However, this pair love work and always have new projects and schemes on the go. Peter describes himself as a bit of a greenie, and lives up to this philosophy on their beautiful farm at Temple View in the Waikato. When they arrived on the farm 11 years ago, the gully that runs through it was choked with gorse and scrub.

Now having cleared the gully, they moved onto their second step, planting around 9,000 new natives with assistance from Environment Waikato this August. Peter and Helen are also planting their one hectare of wetlands, with the goal of leaving the property fully planted for the next generation. 

Open Gates at Peter and Helen’s farm promises to be a glorious day out in the country.  There will be a picnic area on the lush paddock above the gully with fun and games for the kids. Demonstration milkings will be run in the milking shed with the assistance of Peter and Helen’s daughter Joanna, who will be displaying her award-winning show cows. It’s a lovely stroll from the picnic area down to the milking shed, but if it’s a bit far for the kids they can enjoy a tractor ride. You’ll also be able to peek at Peter’s collection of vintage Massey Fergusson tractors, as well as see calf feeding and a talk from the local vet. With all this on offer, Open Gates at Peter and Helen’s farm is a day not to be missed.

Our activities 


Milking Demonstration

Milking Demonstration

Trailer Ride

Trailer Ride

See Calf Feeding

See Calf Feeding

Farmyard Friends

Farmyard Friends

Planting

Planting

Bush or Wetland Walk

Bush or Wetland Walk

Sausage Sizzle

Sausage Sizzle

Water Testing

Water Testing

Vet Talk

Vet Talk

Picnic Area

Picnic Area

Our water initiatives 


Effluent Management

Effluent Management

Riparian Planting

Riparian Planting

Retired Land

Retired Land

Monitoring Systems

Monitoring Systems

Fencing Waterways

Fencing Waterways

Bridge or Culvert

Bridge or Culvert

Wetland Area

Wetland Area

Nitrogen Management Data

Nitrogen Management Data

Farm Environmental Plans

Farm Environmental Plans

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