7.00 AM – Gather in the middle earth lounge tent for that very necessary first coffee or tea along with something small to keep the hunger pangs at bay. That is, until you return for breakfast from herding in the cows and going through the milking process. This farm is one of only five in the whole country that have world leading technology when it comes to the milking process and the well being of the herd. Get down and dirty in a pair of gum boots and a overall provided to enable you to experience this fresh and invigorating life with the farm team. There is an extra bacon buttie in it for you when you return before your shower after breakfast!
The other guests who have chosen to life the eels then off we go…
The Māori word tuna means eels and some other fish that look like eels.
In one tradition, a giant eel called Tuna frightened the demigod Māui’s wives. To punish Tuna, Māui cut him in half. One half turned into the conger eel, which lives in the sea. The other half fell in a river and became a freshwater eel.
Pā tuna – eel weirs
Māori built weirs to catch eels. These were fences in a river or stream, lined with brush or ferns so the water could get through but eels could not. Eels swam along the fence, which led into a net and then a trap.
Hīnaki – eel pots
Hīnaki (eel pots) were woven from plant stems. They were put in rivers or streams, with bait inside – worms, insects or even birds. Inside a hīnaki’s opening there was a circle of pointed sticks or a special net, so eels could get in but not get out again.
Cooking and preserving
You will experience the lifting of eels yourself and the wrapping of eels in leaves and roasting and smoking them for one of the dishes on the final wine festival night.
For the rest of our guests who have to chosen to sleep, awaken to the smell of Manuka smoked bacon sandwiches in your glamping village as you rise to the sights and sounds of a New Zealand diary farm. Enjoy the view as you munch your way through breakfast. May we ask those who have not signed up for the early morning farm experience or eel experience to shower first before breakfast so that hot water can be evenly distributed to all and that the dirty and smelly farm worker group have the opportunity to be after you last so as not to dirty your lovely, luxury showers.
Chef will take the gorgeous milk from the early group and prepare it for use in our gorgeous home made porridge for breakfast with Clevedon honey drizzle and blueberries, bacon butties, good coffee, fruit and local yoghurt.
After enjoying a hearty yet healthy breakfast, relax into your new surroundings while enjoying one of the below activities:
After breakfast we go the small distance to the traditional meeting place of our Māori leaders who will with you prepare to lower the Hāngi which is a traditional New Zealand Māori method of cooking food using heated rocks buried in a pit oven, also called an umu. This feast will form your evening dinner as both groups come back together.
Central to Māori culture and community activities is the marae. They are the venues for tangihanga (ceremonies of mourning) and gatherings to mark significant occasions such as birthdays and marriages and the full expression of Māori culture and hospitality. A place to stand and express their cultural identity with you.
After our return choose to relax from on farm activities :
Take a dip into the onsite saltwater pool.
Anyone for tennis?
Fancy a hot tub dip?
Discover the farmland on a short but stunning hike over the land.
Simply relax in our Whānau lounge with a coffee, hot chocolate or freshly pressed juice,
Or instead sign up the previous day for the bike to the blueberry farm.
Lunch – Classic Kiwi Grazer – New Zealand has some amazing produce and as our international guests, we show case it all with our Classic Kiwi Grazer table. Items include Free-range Rewarewa honey glazed roast ham, Manuka smoked salmon, Roast Kumara rosemary salad, 4 iconic New Zealand cheeses and locally grown fruits such as Black Doris Plums, Cherries and Feijoas (subject to seasonality)