Posted by: nzfarming | January 1, 2009

New Years Eve. At the Beach

Kate Smith

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What a Beautiful Day
What a Beautiful Day
Posted by: nzfarming | August 23, 2008

Holiday Cottage at Omamari

The Shearers Quarters is available for holiday let.

Ideally suited to groups or families wanting to spend time on the Kauri Coast

Ripiro beach: Vehicle access is just a short drive at Omamari Gap. Ideal for the Omamari fishing contest or Kumara Triathlon. 

Kai Iwi Lakes about 15 min drive. Enjoy time at the lakes boating, fishing, swimming etc. then return to comfortable beds and warm showers away from the crowds.

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Verandah

 

From Verandah
From Verandah

Located on the dry stock farm at Omamari. Affectionatly known as the Shearers Quarters it was constructed in the mid 1970′s to cater for the shearing gang which visited twice a year to shear 2000 ewes plus hoggets and lambs.

Most of the sheep are long gone and the farm now grazes mostly Dairy Grazers and a small herd of Beef breeding cows and calves

Kitchen

Kitchen

The living area/kitchen has stove, microwave, kitchen utensils, dinner ware, glasses, cutlery, fridge and a large table where the shearers would sit around after a hard day in the woolshed.

Three bedrooms

  • First with double bed

    Double Room

    Double Room

 Double

Second with queen and two singles

 Queen and two singles

Queen and two singles

Queen and two singles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third with three singlesThree Singles

  

 

 

 

 Three singles

Two showers, laundry and washing machine

Two toilets.

Rates and conditions:

Minimum Stay is two nights 

Two nights – $140.00

Four night stay – $250.00

Seven night stay – $350.00

No linen, towels or tea towels supplied.

Vacuum cleaner, brooms and other cleaning equipment are part of facilities. 

Please: The Shearers Quarters are to be cleaned and left as they were found upon arrival.

  • All floors to be vacuumed. Washed where necessary.
  • Tables to be wiped down and left clean
  • Kitchen to be cleaned and tidy
  • Toilets cleaned and floor areas mopped and washed.
  • Showers to be cleaned and floor areas mopped and washed.
  • Any pillows and light duvet belonging to cottage to be left neat and tidy
  • All rubbish to be left in sacks provided.

We hope that you enjoy your time at the Shearers Quarters.

 

 

 

 

Three singles
Posted by: nzfarming | August 11, 2008

Mangamuka Gorge. Kaitaia to Kaikohe

The drive from Kaitaia to Kaikohe along State Highway 1 is a twisting, uphill and down dale affair, but absolutely beautiful.

We were a bit late leaving Kaitaia on Sunday afternoon, the winter sun was all ready dropping quite low. However here are a few shots of the drive through the “Mangamukas”.

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It’s about 13kms through the Mangamuka range.

Take your time. Enjoy the ride.
Have the windows down.
Listen to what’s happening in the bush.
It’s a beautiful trip.
Kate Smith

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As you get nearer to Kaikohe, Lake Omapere is on the West side of the road, but sun had all ready gone down.

Posted by: nzfarming | August 6, 2008

Rainbow over Dargaville

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5.00 pm tonight. Heading out of Dargaville along River Road we spotted this beautiful rainbow on the other side of the Northern Wairoa River. Also gives you an idea of just how big this river is.

Kate Smith

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Posted by: nzfarming | August 3, 2008

Walking Maungaraho

Maungaraho Rock - 222 mtrs. 

11kms south of Dargaville.

It can be reached easily from the Mititai – Waiotira Road.

There is a 45 min. walk around the base of the rock and you can also ascend to the top from the bottom track, though some climbing is required and it takes about 30 mins.  You will need suitable boots and clothing. Great views.

Maungaraho Rock

Maungaraho Rock

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Posted by: nzfarming | July 29, 2008

Before the second cyclone

Here are a few pics taken along Babylon Coast Road and closer to Dargaville during a fine spell this afternoon and just before the second cyclone for the week is due to reach us.

Posted by: nzfarming | January 15, 2008

Twin Coast Mizone Cycle Challenge

This years Twin coast Mizone Cycle Challenge is 13th – 16th March 2008

This is another event when accommodation in Dargaville fills up really fast.

We have a couple of rooms still available for the evening of 13th March after the Whangarei – Dargaville leg.

Breakfast is provided.

Dinner is also available that night at $25.00 per person.

Give Kate a call on 09 439 5927 or email her at  info@kaurivale.co.nz

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Posted by: nzfarming | December 31, 2007

Fishing

Sun, sea and fishing!

That was the order of the day, for yesterday, 30th December. A beautiful day – weatherwise.

Steve and I had a bit of a late start! After guests all over Christmas and a late night tidying up,  we had a well deserved “lie in”.  Even though it was a beautiful morning, we still got moving very slowly and then – decided that it was a good day dcp_0020.jpgfor the beach and some deferred fishing.dcp_0021.jpgdcp_0022.jpg

The beach was beautiful (as usual). The sun was warm. The breeze was a bit cool at times. But never mind. The boys got the net out and dispite the less than perfect conditions for netting  caught thirteen nice mullett.dcp_0027.jpg

We had a bit of a cook up on the beach, which is always the best way to eat seafood and the rest will be smoked. A wonderful afternoon.dcp_0038.jpgThankyou  boys!

Maybe we’ll do it again tomorrow. You never know your luck!

Fishing New Zealand

Posted by: nzfarming | November 18, 2007

Dargaville to Paihia

We have just spent a lovely couple of days in the beautiful Bay of Islands. 

Stayed in Paihia this time. dcp_0049.jpg

Didn’t do anything too exciting. Didn’t go para-gliding, or go for a trip on the Excitor or even go on a steady boat trip around the bay.  No we were quite happy just to laze around, relax and have a good rest.

Well they say a picture speaks a thousand words so here is what we did one day, after a very late breakfast -

dcp_0079.jpgWe took the ferry over to Russell dcp_0076.jpgdcp_0078.jpg 

dcp_0062.jpgHad a walk over to Long Beach.dcp_0065.jpgSat on the beach for a while, enjoyed the view, chilled out.

Had fish and chips here dcp_0082.jpgon the Russell Waterfront. Lovely.

Ferry back to Paihia, had a cider in cafe/bar.dcp_0047.jpg 

dcp_0048.jpgA Perfect Day.

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Posted by: nzfarming | November 8, 2007

No time for Dargaville

We ran out of time for Dargaville today. We’ve had a busy day on the farm.

Shifting stock, mustering the sheep – drafting lambs.

I was going to take a few pics of the sheep drafting for you. Sorry – got so busy I forgot.

So here are one or two pics taken from along the  Babylon Coast Road that I took on the way back to Kaurivale  

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