Things to do
On the Farm

Farm Activities/Tours

Perhaps the most exciting thing on offer at Mahaanui farmstay are Simon and Sally’s guided farm tours (NZ $30pp - on foot or in a farm vehicle) and shearing/mustering demonstrations.

These interactive activities are perfect for groups of all ages, and make for a fun and educational experience! For those interested, group recommendations and pricing can be arranged with Sally either prior to or upon guest arrival.

However please note that all farm tours and demonstrations are subject to Simon’s availability, and unfortunately cannot always be guaranteed.



There are also two marked walking tracks for guests to enjoy during their stay – one along the Hangaroa river & one that ventures off through the paddocks and out towards the back of the farm.

Download the walking map here.

Equally as beautiful there are also a number of unmarked tracks worth exploring. 

With gorgeous river and hill-side views in every direction, the photo opportunities are endless!

And of course guests have both public and private access to the Hangaroa river – and will find a number of swimming holes and shallow river rapids along the river walk, perfect for a quick dip or a full-day of river activities such as kayaking, fishing, relaxing picnics, etc.

So whether it be to walk, swim, kayak, fish, picnic, cycle or just relax with a book, Mahaanui farmstay experience is the place for you. There’s truly something for everyone.

Nearby Landmarks

Some other nearby landmarks worth checking out include:

Donneraille Park

2 minutes’ drive away. The park is a popular picnic, camping and swimming spot on our Hangaroa river. There are shallow rapids for children to play in and a deeper swimming hole. There are two kayaks available for use – please come and see us and we can take them down to the river for you and supply children with lifejackets. Gorgeous large old trees provide lots of shade. Fishing and eeling on the Hangaroa river are popular pastimes.

Secret Waterfall

10 minutes’ drive away. The waterfall is a lovely, picnic spot that locals enjoy. In the summer you can slide off the waterfall, jump in from the rocks and from behind the falls themselves.

Hackfalls Arboretum

20 minutes’ drive away. The arboretum is home to over 3000 species and varieties of oaks, alders, cherries, magnolias, maples and more. It’s collection of evergreen and semievergreen mexican oak species is considered the largest private collection of oaks in the world. Hackfalls boasts a variety of spectacular walking tracks, lakes and gardens to visit. Check it out at

Eastwood Hill Arboretum

35 km NW from Gisborne. Eastwood is the national arboretum of NZ and home to 135 hectares of exotic and native tree, shrub and climbing plantings and offers a variety of walking tracks and formal gardens. Really spectacular in autumn with the beautiful fall colours but a must any time of the year if you like trees.

Te Reinga Waterfall

20 minutes’ drive away. The lovely Te Reinga falls are a must see.

Ruakituri River

30 minutes’ drive away. If you are interested in fishing, the Ruakituri river is world famous for trout fishing and there are also some great spots on the Hangaroa river. We can organise our local fishing guide, Darcy Hamilton to take you to some excellent fishing areas. There are also a couple of fishing spots with access only from our farm that we can show you.

Rere Rockslide

50km NW of Gisborne. Rere is a 60m long natural water rockslide. The smooth rocks were formed from constant running water from the Wharekopae river and the slide is a lot of fun but can be a wild ride. Use boogie boards, old air mattresses or inner tubes to slide on to protect your extremities which we usually have hanging up in the cottage carport for you to use.

Rere Falls

Close to the rockslide, The Rere falls are very picturesque. Only 5m high and 20m wide, you can actually walk behind the cascading water and experience the incredible view from the top of the falls (just take care on the slippery rock). There is also a lovely picnic spot and swimming hole.

Tiniroto Tavern

The tavern is about 9km down the Tiniroto road towards Wairoa. It has a lovely outlook over a lake and the publicans are very friendly. You can buy great homemade pizzas and hamburgers as well as beverages and good coffee so definitely worth a visit.

And for those keen on exploring a little further, there is also Mahia Peninsula and Lake Waikaremoana, which are both a 1.5 hour drive away.