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Fernleaf Farmstay and B&B

Relax in the tranquil Tunanui valley midway between Wellington and Auckland. Only 500 metres from SH4 - close for convenience - far enough away for peace and quiet. Situated on a working farm, this is a chance to experience the real New Zealand including a tour of the beautiful farm while experiencing some great river fishing.

There is superb trout fishing in the Whanganui and Whakapapa rivers a short distance away as well as many other attractions such as the world famous Tongariro Crossing, the Forgotten Highway, magnificent local bush walks and the 42 Traverse.


Carolyn and Melvin Forlong


58 Tunanui Road

Taumarunui 2656

Postal address:

Fernleaf Farmstay

Contact details

Phone: +64 7 895 4847
Fax: +64 7 895 4837
Freephone: 0800 FERNLEAF

Mobile: 021 0275 3847 and 021 0275 3848



Please mention when you make an enquiry or booking.

Fishing waters

Whanganui River  (5 km)

Whakapapa River  (7 km)

Lake Otamangakau


Mt Ruapehu

The view from Fernleaf farm showing Mt Ngauruhoe (Mt Doom in the Lord of the Rings films)

Fernleaf Farmstay is marked on the Whakapapa River map and the upper Whanganui River map.

It is located 15kms south of Taumarunui and 7 kms north of Owhango. Fernleaf Farmstay is 500 metres from State Highway 4.

Experience a working NZ farm

When staying at Fernleaf you will be part of a working farm. As well as the fishing it will give you a chance to see a working NZ farm in action. The Fernleaf story is one of pioneer farming followed by selective breeding to develop stock with qualities valued by farmers.

The farm is 400 metres above sea level and is a mixture of easy rolling and steep hill country. Read more>>>

  • A third generation working Romney Stud sheep and cattle farm
  • Views to Mounts Ruapehu, Ngaruahoe and Taranaki.
  • Surrounding the homestead is a large garden with secure off road parking.
  • Generous country breakfasts featuring waffles with maple syrup, eggs the way you like best, rashers of bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes and as many different fruits as are available.
  • Children are welcome and will love our friendly pets  - Henry and delightful Billie and (in season) pet lambs!
  • Experience peaceful quiet nights
  • Wake up to the clean country air and listen to the abundant birdlife heralding the new day.
  • Quiet, safe, clean, green, non-smoking environment
  • Three bedrooms accommodate up to six guests
  • Two rooms with queen beds, ensuite bathrooms  and freeview TV, one with a private entrance
  • A twin room with two single beds
  • Guest bathroom
  • Generous country hospitality with full breakfast and dinner by arrangement (there is no self catering for meals however)
  • All bedrooms have tea/coffee facilities, fresh cookies and television
  • Provision for storage of fishing gear and drying of clothes and gear

Aerial view

Fernleaf farmstay and the farm

Local attractions and activities
  • The Timbertrail cycleway (Shuttle available with Epic)
  • 30mins from Mt Ruapehu and Tongariro National Park where you can go skiing or tramping
  • 1 hour 30 minutes drive from the glow-worm caves at Waitomo
  • 25mins from Mount Ruapehu
  • 45mins to Lake Taupo
  • Halfway between Auckland and Wellington.
  • Experience kayaking on the Wanganui River
  • Take the Forgotten Highway or experience the Forgotten World Adventures.
Indicative tariff
as at 1 May 2018

Fernlelaf's tariff per night (includes a full cooked breakfast):

Queen ensuite rooms:

Queen size rooms with ensuite  $180 per night

Twin room and cabin

Twin room with separate bathroom $160 per night

Additional children $50 each

Evening meal (3 course dinner) – $60 per person

Check in: 4pm or by arrangement
Checkout: 10.30am or by arrangement

Please note there is no provision for self catering available.

Payment and reservations

Payment can be made by cash, NZ cheque or credit card.  We take all credit cards – these transactions incur a 5% administration fee. New Zealand residents can make a direct payment into our account.

Cancellation policy

In order to confirm your booking please provide your credit card details and expiry date. Nothing is taken from your card unless you cancel within 24 hours of your expected arrival time.

Details can be sent by email, or you may prefer to phone (+64 7 895 4847).

One of the local rivers







Mt Ruapehu


The Whanganui River


The Whakapapa River



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