Excursion

Paua Bay Hill Country Sheep Farm Visit

Murray Johns and his wife, Sue, welcome you to their hill-country farm for a chance to admire magnificent views, become acquainted with the history of farming here in New Zealand, witness expert sheep shearing and enjoy refreshments. A highlight of your outing is a demonstration of herding skills presented by the farm’s willing and agile sheepdogs.

  • Code
    AKA-D
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Walking Type
    Medium
  • Activity Type
    All
  • Age
    All ages
  • Duration
    Approximately 2 ½ - 3 hours

At the pier, board your air-conditioned minivan and head through the charming town of Akaroa. You will see that much of the city’s Victorian character remains intact, as revealed in its quaint architecture and pretty gardens.

Climbing out of Akaroa, your minivan will allow you to witness panoramic views of the harbor and the peninsula’s eastern bays.

Reach Paua Bay Farm after a journey of about 30 minutes and find yourself on the rugged eastern coastline, where (weather permitting) views over the Pacific Ocean are stunning. The farm owners, a sixth-generation French family, will offer a warm welcome, after which Murray Johns will lead you into the woolshed. Here, he will talk about the family, the farm’s history, and how farming has changed since the 19th century.

Watch a quick and deft sheep-shearing and then be amazed as the Murrays’ son, William, takes his highly trained dogs out for a sheep round-up. These dogs are as hardworking as they are intelligent; they seem to perfectly understand what is required of them and know how important their role is here on the farm.

Before you know it, the sheep will be mustered into the sheep yards, with any stragglers being swiftly disciplined by the dogs.

Take advantage of the chance to lend a hand, helping to separate the sheep, before visiting the family homestead and its cottage gardens surrounded by native bush. Refreshments will be served by the lady of the house and farm, Sue Johns.

 Bidding farewell to your newfound friends, return by minivan to the pier.

Important Notes: As this excursion involves walking over a distance of approximately 200 yards, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. Guests will be required to walk on grass and an unpaved walkway to the farm shed. This excursion is not suitable for guests with mobility issues, those with back or neck problems, or for women who are pregnant. It is recommended that guests wear casual clothing, sunglasses and flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should be aware that the transfer to the farm requires traversing a winding road. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.