Dairy Farm Tours

Adults and Teenagers

$40

Children (under 13)

$15

Pre-Schoolers

Free

Charlie and Dianna Shailer own a typical New Zealand dairy farm in the prosperous Waikato Province of the North Island. Charlie still works on the farm when required however the farm is now managed and operated by their son Gavin. The cows calve each year between July 10th and September 20th and are milked for ten months from mid-July to mid-May.

Visitors have the opportunity of viewing and interacting with two uniquely different farms; firstly, the Shailers dairy farm milking 380 cows and secondly Pete’s goat farm milking 1,300 goats. The informative tours are available at 9am or 2.45pm. Visitors view two types of milking parlours used in New Zealand. The cows are milked in a herringbone milking parlour and the goats are milked in a turn-style, revolving milking parlour. If visitors wish to see or be involved with the animals including milking the cows then they need to choose the 2.45pm tour. Milking the cows is only possible for groups of up to 6 people.  Each tour is designed to suit the unique needs of the visitors and is influenced by the seasonal activities at the time.

Farm Tours take approximately 1 hour. Visitors are fitted out in overalls/boiler suits and gumboots/wellingtons. A group of 6 or less visitors travel in a 4×4 farm vehicle. For larger groups Charlie pulls a caged trailer behind the 4×4 with a maximum number of 12 in the trailer.

Charlie attempts to allow guests to interact with the animals where possible. Pre-booking is essential. (10% discount for families) Tours start on time. Late arrivals miss out!