Beautiful changing vistas, all day longExclusive access to re-knowned fishing pools, in the Maunganui-a te-Ao
Milk and Honey Cottage @ Riverbend

Our idyllic 2 bedroom cottage-the perfect place for your country break OR travel-stop . The fabulous rural setting, nestled in the valley beside the Manganui-a-te-Ao River, expansive views,wonderful walks/river access, is a beautiful place to relax, unwind in comfort . You will find our cottage cosy, practical and comfortable, with all you need, we are sure. Come and try, for 'something special, a wee bit off the beaten track'. check out the reviews...


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Fully self-contained Milk and Honey Cottage has 2 bedrooms (one queen, one twin room), with new bathroom and kitchen facilities, including an induction cook top, oven, and fridge/freezer for your convenience. Delicious home baking and great breakfast supplies are included, with other meals available by arrangement also. From your comfortable bedroom, you look out over your private patio area across the picturesque Makakahi Valley. There are some great picnic spots, wonderful rural and bush walks, a swimming pool, trampoline and swings for (website hidden), DVD library and (some) internet available for your comfort.
Sleeps 4, but if your group is larger, feel welcome to contact us. Extra accommodation and bedding for young children is easily available.
The perfect place to come home to and relax, after a great day in the Tongariro National Park, or on our great local bike trails.
Our farm-to-plate meals seem to be rather popular, also.
IF YOU are looking for something special, a wee bit off the beaten track - you have found it!


The beautiful Maunganui-a-te-Ao River runs through the middle of our farm, allowing exclusive brown and rainbow trout fishing, beautiful walks, whio sightings,or simply a relaxing setting to be in.
We are a working sheep and beef farm, and you are welcome to take a farm tour, perhaps join us for seasonal farm activities, feed our hens, etc.
There are a number of bush/farm walks, from your very door, soaking up the river and valley views, enjoying the farm animals,seeing some of the wild deer frequently sighted, and the varied bird and wild life of our area, along with the sheer beauty of our bush and hills.
We are approximately 20 minutes drive from Statehighway 4, 25 mins from Raetihi ( nearest supplies, groceries, fuel, etc) and 40 from Ohakune and National Park.


We are most often available to welcome our guests, then leaving you to enjoy your own time and space- although generally available for any queries or points we can assist you with.


Along with the idyllic situation of our cottage, our delicious farm-to-plate food AND our 40 minute farm tours will add to your unique experience here.
The baking and hearty breakfast provisions included, are a treat - cooked breakfasts and other meals are also easily available by arrangement.
Meals @ Riverbend.
Along with your included breakfast provisions, -a choice of our Riverbend Muesli and yoghurt, or farm fresh eggs and bread, to cook to your liking -
we also offer our (rather popular) country meals by prior arrangement. These supplies come primarily from our own on-farm produce, including our meat, vegetables and fruit, as much as possible.
Choices include:
Cooked breakfast options: $20 per person - a choice of 4 meals.
Light meals: $20 per person - also available as vegetarian or gluten free.
2 course meals: $35 per person - these meals are homemade in our farmstyle kitchen.
We appreciate 24 hours notice, but we can often help with less. We hope you are able to have the opportunity to experience and enjoy. Our aim is to serve food of a standard to match our incredible views, and location - we hope you can perhaps even dine Al fresco, weather allowing.
Just in Case - we also run a small pay-it-forward pantry in the cottage, which you are also welcome to make use of, and contribute to, as it suits you.
FARM EXPERIENCE - weather permitting, we also offer the opportunity to have a farm tour with John on our side by side 4 wheeler, along with the possibility of joining us for any farm activities happening at the time.
cost $20 per person $40 minimum charge, family rates available.




Inside our buildings we are strictly smoke free.
Thank you for respecting this.

Dog(s)とcat(s) live in the house



This cozy and comfortable cottage is surrounded by amazing hills, valleys and a river. It's a little bit out of town but well worth the drive if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle. The serenity and peacefulness of the location is very rejuvenating to your soul - just sitting out in the garden enjoying the sunset I could get lost in my own thoughts for hours. Great place for star gazing on a clear night. We got to feed snowy (the baby lamb). The cottage is well equipped with comfortable beds, a functioning kitchen and large bathroom with constant hot water. Meagan is so down to earth - her healthy, home-cooked dinner was delicious. After a long day of snowboarding, we were glad we ordered Meagan's dinner option. The little touches left by Meagan was very appreciated - such as home baked cookies, muesli, farm fresh eggs and organic milk were yummy! Meagan was a very generous and caring host and made sure our stay was comfortable.

Staying at Milk and Honey Cottage was such a wonderful experience for our family. Meagan’s hospitality made us feel so at home and part of the life of a working farm. We couldn’t bring ourselves to leave the farm it was so beautiful. We walked all around the property and down to the beautiful river. Our young children loved feeding the baby lamb and playing with the swings and the sweet dog on the property. We enjoyed eating delicious breakfasts that we made in the cottage’s well-equipped kitchen with farm fresh eggs and local honey. Meagan’s cake was such a nice touch too! The beds are incredibly cozy and comfortable and we all slept so well in this lovely cottage. We feel so lucky to have spent time at Milk and Honey, a very special place.

It was great experience. 5 stars for everything. Love to come back and highly recommend.

This is a beautiful spot, quiet and off the beaten track. Meagan and John are exceptional hosts, incredibly helpful and friendly and very thoughtful. We ordered home cooking and it was scrumptious. Highly recommend this place!

Lovely couple, friendly and considerate. Nice place, quiet and clean. Highly recommend their 'farm to table meal' - delicious!!!

The property is set in a beautiful & secluded part of NZ and we wish we could have stayed longer to experience more of what the hosts had to offer. Beautiful vegetarian food, locally sourced. The hosts made us feel very welcome and were very thoughtful with having the cottage heated for us and some lovely home baking on our arrival. For travellers going through the area and looking to experience farmlife, this place is a must.

What a special place with special people . We loved our stay, Meagan and John we so hospitable and so lovely to be involved with all the farm animals. The cottage was warm and very comfortable. We will be back! Thank you !

Raetihi, ニュージーランド5月 2014からメンバー
John and I love our life, living and farming in the beautiful Makakahi Valley in the Central Plateau, and we also love to share it with others. We enjoy welcoming others to our amazing location, sharing the beauty, the fun, and the activity of life here, @ Riverbend. We have live…
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