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Cabin deck
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Mahaanui cabin
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Driving Directions (Post-Cyclone)
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Queen bed
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Cabin kitchen
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View from cabin bed
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Cabin couch
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Outdoor shower
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Hot tub
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River from cabin
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back view of cabin
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Picnic bag
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Morning coffee
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cabin bathroom
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And muffins
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Deck chairs
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Nibbles Platter for 2

off the grid private retreat

Tiniroto, Gisborne

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Sleeps up to 2
From $345 tonight
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Sleeps up to 2
From $345 tonight

Situated half way between Gisborne and Wairoa, on the inland Tiniroto Road, this Kiwi property is a 615-hectare, authentic working sheep and beef farm that has been in Simon's family for almost 60 years. We offer three different accommodation options suitable for different family / friend groups, c...

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Essential Stay Info

Breakfast Available
Dinner Available
Lunch Available
4WD access only
Access to lakes, rivers, streams & beaches
Digital Detox
Farmstay experience
Horse Grazing Available
Not Suitable for Children
Rural Views
Single Safe
Sustainable Stays
Unique Accommodation

Check in time: Check in after 2pm for the Quarters and Cottage, and after 3pm for the River Cabin.
Check out time: 11:00 am

Eating and Drinking
The cabin rate includes your breakfast or you can have a fully inclusive meal package for $150 per couple per night which includes all self-cook meals prepared mostly from farm and local produce. There is a range of meal choices that will just need to be BBQ'd or heated up. Subsequent food drops will be delivered once a day between 11am - 12pm if you choose this option. Please let us know at booking if you would like meals. There is a gas hob, small BBQ, and a wood stove to cook on. The kitchen is well-equipped and has basic provisions such as sugar, tea, coffee, spices, oil etc.

Bedding Configuration
1 x Queen Bed - with 100% cotton luxury bed linen.

More info about the property
An off-grid private retreat, nestled amongst an old Totara tree glade at the bottom of our farm beside the Hangaroa River. Beautifully decorated with your comfort in mind, the cabin has all the essent...

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Unique kiwi experiences for you

Experience a personalised Guided Farm Tour with Simon on a working hill-country sheep and beef farm.
Private farm access to swim, fish, picnic or kayak the Hangaroa River or adventure up to our secret waterfall!
Stay active and take a walk on our two marked farm tracks. Bring your mountain bikes or horses and explore further afield. Off road bikes available by arrangement.

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What we love about this property

Guests love our farm experience and especially Simon's Guided Farm Tours, learning how a hill-country sheep and beef farm operates. They love seeing the working dogs muster sheep and cattle, and watch...

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Activities on or nearby this property

Farm Animals to Meet
Farm Tour Available
Hiking | Tramping
Mountain Biking
Nature Walks
Outdoor Bath | Hot Tub
Rafting | Kayaking | Canoeing
Sheep Shearing (seasonal)
Star Gazing


4WD access to some areas
Drinking Water
Fridge (or cooling facility) available
Gas available
Heating (electric, gas or fireplace)
Hot Water Available
Linen Provided
No Mobile Service
No Wifi
North Island
Picnic Table
Power Available
Property Manager on site
Rubbish bin
Towels Provided
Washing Machine

Drive Times

Auckland: 7 hr 15 mins
Hamilton: 5 hr 45 mins
Tauranga: 4 hr 45 mins
Taupo: 4 hrs
Wellington: 6 hr 30 mins

Extras you might like to add

These will be available to select during the booking progress

$50.00 Per person

Simon's Guided Farm Tours are a fun, interactive experience that will take you out on the farm (for approx. 2 hrs) to show off the beautiful scenery and views, introduce you to the farm's working dogs, stock mustering and sheep shearing. Have a go yourselves! Fantastic photo opportunities. However, please note, that all farm tours and demonstrations are subject to Simon’s availability, and unfortunately cannot always be guaranteed.

$150.00 per group

Home prepared meals featuring our farm and local produce. Includes a lovely nibbles platter, dinner and dessert, morning/afternoon tea, breakfast and lunch for two. Select a bottle of wine and beer of your choice. Your first day meals will be in your fridge for your arrival and any subsequent meals will be delivered in a food drop between 11 and 12 the next day. You will just need to BBQ or heat up your food selection. Choose from lamb, beef, chicken, pork, venison or vegetarian ( fish if I can get fresh for you) Let us know your dietary preferences and /or allergies


A very special place. Not just a farm stay but a unique experience in the Gisborne countryside. The Forrest cabin was super cosy and the hosts very welcoming. Ammenities were thoughtful and the catering exceptional. Lovely hot tub with a view of the Hangaroa River. Certainly off the beaten track. Loved the journey getting there too. Thanks Sally, Simon & Charlie
Ian - Sep 2023

We had the most fantastic stay at Mahaanui Cabin. Sally & Simon have gone above and beyond to provide a really great experience. The Cabin is very well equipped, It's super cosy and the attention to detail and considered features make this spot a truly relaxing and peaceful experience. The wood-fired tub is a perfect way to take in the unobstructed view of the stars and listen to all the beautiful native birds during the day. We will definitely be back!
Emma - May 2023

About your host, Sally

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Simon and Sally look forward to welcoming you to their farm, Mahaanui. A 600 hectare hill country east coast farm inland from Gisborne or Wairoa in Tiniroto. Simon and his family have farmed Mahaanui for nearly 60 years. Sally, when she is not helping Simon or hosting visitors from all around the world, works as a nurse at the local Gisborne hospital. You may meet one of Simon and Sally’s three children visiting their family home when you visit. Now young adults, they are working on farms around New Zealand and the world after studying agricultural and veterinary sciences at university.

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