Expand your horizons, experience another way to be...

Want to learn more or see things up close and personal? Come visit, relax, learn and enjoy. We offer a number of different options for people looking to visit, stay, learn and work.

Day trip to the 'farm'

Day trip to the 'farm'

Come to Blockhill for the day! Bring a picnic and your gumboots. Explore our young food forest, meet the Kune Kune pigs, free-range chooks, and Muscovy ducks. A great place to enjoy the country with the birds and bees.
Suitable for groups of 1 - 8 people.

Adults $10 - Children $5 - (Children under 5 yrs - free)


Work experience

Work experience

If you'd like to come and stay with us and help out with our day-to-day activities, we offer an exchange option. You give us some of your time and efforts throughout the day in exchange for comfortable accommodation in our popular eco-cabin accommodation.

Please get in touch to learn more. We have been sharing our home and lifestyle with travelers since early 2012.

Visitor book & feedback

We enjoy getting visitors as a welcome social break from the isolation of rural living.

  • A student of 'the way'

    A student of 'the way'

    Kim was studying organic horticulture at the Lincoln BHU and wanted to get some real life experience by helping out in our garden and working on some permaculture projects. Together we collected materials and constructed a decent sized hugelkultur mound.March 15, 2015
  • Liz and Andy

    Liz and Andy

    We couldn't have hoped for a better first WWOOFing experience. It was great to learn about your farming approach, I'm encouraged to try more. Loved the cool fire bath too - a real novelty.Ireland & South AfricaJanuary 14, 2014
  • Our short stay on Blockhill Farm was the highlight of our NZ holiday. The place was wonderful. Our hosts were generous with their time, knowledge and produce. The food was delicious. The studio accommodation was beyond expectation. Very comfortable and beautiful. Thanks to Olmec and MelisaAustraliaJanuary 02, 2014
  • Inspiration for the future

    Inspiration for the future

    We were delighted to host Chris and Sherry for 3 days at the end of their New Zealand adventure. Together we extended garden cover, pruned trees and processed branches into future raised planting beds and discussed the various approaches and techniques for fruit tree propagation.Our visit with you provided exactly the kind of inspiration we were hoping for as we wrap our heads around our own ideas for our future home. Blockhill is a special place and will stand out as a highlight of our travels this year.December 14, 2013
  • Hitch-hiking through

    Hitch-hiking through

    Ben and Anna spent a productive few days helping around the garden, pruning trees and processing firewood while finding plenty of time to relax and enjoy the food, coffee and comfort.Living out in the wee cabin was a perfectly peaceful and rustic experience. We will remember our time here with the utmost fondness.United StatesOctober 30, 2013
  • The in-depth experience

    The in-depth experience

    Soni & Kyle have the dubious privilege of being the first paying guests to stay with us. We shared an enjoyable two days discussing and exploring our permaculture inspired planting and water catchment systems as well as an introduction to scything.A special thanks for the food, super delicious... also very colourful, loved the use of herbs.
    May there always be enough water, sunshine and bees to compliment the labour and love you put into the land.
    Soni & Kyle
    October 04, 2013
  • A day with the bees

    A day with the bees

    Simply appreciate what you've done for us with warm heart. You and your wife are amazing people who live the nature. We have learnt a lot from you. Hope to see you again one day! With a bunch of thanks
    In Suk & 2 friends
    October 01, 2013
  • The work-a-thon

    The work-a-thon

    Jules creating some 'dutch fireworks' with the angle grinder. Among (many) other things Jules helped trim back a section of the shed roof so we could install an improved rain catchment system.I have had such an amazing time here the past week! You are such a great young couple full of energy and ideas, which has made the experience loads of fun.
    -Jules
    April 27, 2013
  • Basket weaving

    Basket weaving

    Theo and Marie spent five hot summer days working with us and sharing their French recipes.February 03, 2013
  • Willi from Germany

    Willi from Germany

    Our second WWOOFer, Willi helped out on a large number of jobs despite the frequent rain. Besides all the digging there was tree cutting, rock work, concreting and construction.This is an amazing place for wwoofing. I love the view and the nice bush walks with Olmec. The food from Melisa is awesome! :)
    -Willi
    August 10, 2012  WWOOF 
  • It's WWOOFer time

    It's WWOOFer time

    We had our first WWOOFer, a lively young American, who was most helpful. During her stay she helped process a large amount of firewood, puttied the windows in the guest building, organised the workshop and quite a bit more.July 16, 2012
  • Merry Peddlers

    Merry Peddlers

    Despite the damp Micheal, Frauke, Gina and Cris completed the 160km Kaikoura circuit.cris.lovell-smith.com/trips/November 20, 2010  Cyclists  Visitors 
  • Keith

    Keith

    Keith came to stay with us in October and enjoyed sitting in the sunny garden. He also attended a friend's wedding an hour south of Blockhill and got to enjoy the pleasant back country roads of North Canterbury and the scenic Cheviot area.October 31, 2010
  • A fresh outlook

    A fresh outlook

    Jesse spent a weekend with us, escaping from the wind of Wellington.
    Our approach to life and a soak in the outside bath gave Jesse a new perspective on rural living.
    September 12, 2010
  • Of motorcycle and fiddle

    Of motorcycle and fiddle

    Kerry stopped in on her way south, spent a couple of days enjoying the nice autumn weather and entertaining us with her fiddle before packing her motorcycle and continuing on.April 18, 2010  Visitor  Fiddle  Motorcycle 
  • Tamara

    Tamara

    Tamara visited us as a WWOOFer (Willing worker on organic farms) and spent several days helping out in the garden and cleaning bricks.February 23, 2010  WWOOF 
  • Steve

    Steve

    It's been a year since Steve stopped in and planted a tree to offset his flight home to New Zealand.

    Returning to the new and improved Blockhill, Steve made use of the hammock and stretched his legs with a cycle ride.
    www.stevemarksphotography.comJanuary 06, 2010  Steve  visitor 
  • Emily

    Emily

    Emily came to stay between Christmas and New Year and was able to do a short day trip to the Hot Pools at Hanmer Springs. During her stay at Blockhill she explored down into the gullies of native bush and also got to enjoy the early season plums that had started to ripen in the orchard.December 30, 2009  Emily  visitor 
  • Aaron and Eric from California

    Aaron and Eric from California

    Aaron (right) and Eric (left) hung out on a hot and sunny southern hemisphere Christmas.December 25, 2009
  • Lisa and JoAn (California)

    Lisa and JoAn (California)

    Friends of the family on holiday down under. Lisa and JoAn spent Kiwi Christmas with us.

    Big thanks for the pepper mill!
    December 25, 2009
  • Bunny time

    Bunny time

    Having recently returned from a 'round the world' trip. Deschia decided to hang out with us and re-acclimatise.

    Deschia is holding a baby rabbit that Gibson caught and was slowly playing to death.

    Thanks for bringing us a hammock from Thailand!
    December 07, 2009  Deschia  rabbit 
  • Cycling by

    Cycling by

    Elisabeth stopped in on the first leg of her ambitious cycle tour of New Zealand.November 15, 2009
  • Visiting nephews

    Visiting nephews

    Mason and Samuel enjoy the river and sandpit when they come to visit. masonSamual.mp3November 09, 2009