The past two and half weeks have been spent among the gorgeous vistas at Te Au Farm in the Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand. The farm lies in between the cities of Napier and Gisborne and is just walking distance north of the Mahia Peninsula. Covering about 1600 acres, the farm stretches along roughly 6km of coastline. 1300 sheep and 300 Hereford cattle call Te Au home. Besides the main farm house, the property also hosts a small abode, called The Quarters, that is rented out to guests. It is winter here so the bookings are slow but two groups have stayed several nights since we have arrived.
The work on the farm has been varied from the basic to exciting. Chopping fire wood, weeding gardens and walking paddocks to spray for thistles have been some of the more tedious tasks. Giving shots to the lambs and using 10 work dogs to herd in about 50 wild goats were more of the interesting and engaging sort. Further, we shepherd in 250 sheep to be crutched and gave the pig some new piercings. I have also gained plenty of experiences piloting a dirt bike along the farm roads and through the paddocks. This has been most enjoyable and provided me with ample sightseeing opportunities.
We now say goodbye to our host Malcolm and make way towards the South Island.