Dairy Farm Tours

Adults and Teenagers

$40

Children (under 13)

$15

Pre-Schoolers

Free

The Shailers own a typical New Zealand dairy farm in the prosperous Waikato Province of the North Island. Charlie and Dianna Shailer still work on the farm when required however the farm is now managed and operated by their son Gavin. The 380 cows calve each year between July 10th and September 20th and are milked for about ten months from mid-July to mid-May.

Charlie and Dianna offer their Bed and Breakfast guests the opportunity of viewing and interacting with two uniquely different farms; firstly, their dairy farm milking 380 cows and secondly a friend’s goat farm milking 1,300 goats. These informative tours of two farms are available at 9am or 3pm for in-house guests only. Guests see the 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 guests wish to see and be involved in the milking then they need to choose the 3pm tour. Each tour is designed to suit the unique needs of the guests and is influenced by the seasonal activities at the time. Farm Tours take approximately 1.5 hours. Guests are fitted out in overalls and gumboots and travel in a 4×4 farm vehicle. Charlie attempts to allow guests to interact with the animals where ever possible. Pre-booking is essential. (10% discount for families)