Organic Farm and Garden Tour with Kauri Museum visit

Experience the gardens, food, history and organic farming life in the magnificent Kaipara.
A rewarding day out that will delight and be remembered for years. See photos at the bottom of this page.
Bookings and enquiries contact Mary Stevens 09 431 7417 or email [email protected]

The Organic Farm and Garden Tour is available on weekdays and Saturday only. No Sunday visits.
30x persons per group or contact us to make special arrangements.
The farm visits start in September when calving on the organic farm has finished.

10.00am Wharepuke Organic Farm Visit
Hosts Kenny and Terri invite you to their Kirk Road farm, 10 minutes’ drive from Maungaturoto.

Your visit begins with a welcoming mug of something hot, accompanied by some of Terri’s delicious home baking, while your hosts run through the farm’s safety briefing. Then load onto the farm trailer and you’re off on your farm tour, pausing at stops along the way where Kenny and Terri will demonstrate the principles and advantages of organic farming. Wharepuke Organic Farm has been owned by Kenny’s family for more than 150 years and is a recent conversion from conventional to organic farming. Activities you will enjoy, depending on the time of year and what’s happening on the farm include:

 Meeting the four-legged farm animals.
 Feeding Terri’s tame tuna in the dam.
 Tasting organic honey from the farm’s hives.

COST: Adults $50.00 Children 5-15 years $26.00 Family $126.00 (2x adults 2x kids)

11.30pm Moore’s Fine Arts Garden
Artists Richard and Diana welcome you to their home in Whaka Street, Maungaturoto.

This sub-tropical garden was the main feature in the May 2019 edition of New Zealand House and Garden Magazine. It was also rated as the highlight of the Dahlias for Dementia House and Garden fundraiser held in February, which attracted visitors from all over New Zealand. Richard and Diana run an art school from their Maungaturoto premises. Their Fine Arts Gallery opens onsite in 2021.
Cost: $10.00 per person

12.30pm Luncheon at Paul Smith Dines, The Old Bank, Paparoa.
Internationally experienced chef Paul Smith, offers private luncheon dining at the historic National Bank. Chef Paul trained in Australia, and has worked in the New Zealand hospitality industry and for Air New Zealand. He originally started Paul Smith Dines in an Auckland warehouse and now resides in Paparoa, where he has catered for private functions over the last six years. All menus are created with fresh seasonal produce.
Cost: See sample menu below for prices per head. Alcohol is extra.
Background on Chef Paul Smith DOWNLOAD PDF HERE

2.00pm The Kauri Museum, Matakohe
The largest undercover visitor attraction in Northland, and regularly voted as one of the top ten museums in New Zealand, The Kauri Museum is the first registered carboNZero museum in the world. Your visit includes an introductory talk by our knowledgeable guide and a chance to try kauri gum polishing with our gum polisher.

Admission Price:
Groups over 8+ people $15.50 per head.
Please note if your company has a voucher agreement with The Kauri Museum, this voucher rate applies.
Contact us to sign up for the tour provider voucher agreement.

Specialist tours:
Art at the Museum OR Behind the Scenes Tours, led by the Curator.
Cost: add an additional $10.00 per person.

Totara House
If time permits, a visit to Totara House and garden can also be arranged. Totara House was built in 1896, lived in by members of a single family until 2013 when it was gifted to The Kauri Museum. Registered category 2 with Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, Totara House is fully furnished with original family objects.
Cost: Adults $10.00 per person.


Dog Dam Fields - Wharepuke Organic Farm

Sunflowers - Wharepuke Organic Farm

Kenny explains - Wharepuke Organic Farm

Calves - Wharepuke Organic Farm

Moore’s Fine Arts Gardens

Moore’s Bromeliads