Birch Hill

Birch Hill

Central Hawkes Bay

Birch Hill Station is the quintessential Central Hawke's Bay sheep and beef farm. Accessible to both Auckland and Wellington - it's perfectly situated for families or friends to gather for a country escape. Farm-friendly, fully vaccinated dogs and horses are welcome too - which means no member of the family needs to be left behind!

The luxury campsite is set on a sheltered and picturesque corner of the farm. Ideal for groups, the site can accommodate up to 9 people, in one large wooden-framed tent and two smaller 'sleeper' tents. A fantastic fully enclosed kitchen, dining and camp lounge provides a communal gathering area.

Stunning views from the front of the site stretch out over the rolling farmland of the Porangahau countryside. The back of the site is ringed with mature kanuka and pine trees dotted with hammocks for lounging in the hot summer weather. A gully behind these trees makes the perfect exploring spot for kids, while parents relax with a cool beverage, and enjoy the sun setting on the amber hills. By day you'll see and hear the distant farm animals and native birds. At night you'll hear owls (morepork) and see amazing stars in the clear country skies.

FROM $200 p/n

  • Sleeps 9
  • Child Friendly
  • Dog Friendly
  • Horse Friendly
  • Winter Escape

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address

987 Wilder Road, Porangahau 4291

directions

Birch Hill is set just 1 hour and 15 minutes from Havelock North in the Hawke's Bay. The Google Maps directions to get there are accurate.

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Birch Hill is self-catering. Just bring your own food and chilly-bin and cook meals using the BBQ and facilities provided in your private camp kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you want a break from cooking at any stage, Porangahau Village is a 15 minute drive away and does some great Fish and Chips! For a special meal out try Wallingford Homestead, who take bookings by arrangement.

    The nearest dairy for basic supplies is in Porangahau Village, and the nearest supermarket is in Waipukurau, a 35 minute drive away. 

  • Things To Do

    Birch Hill Station is an outdoor paradise for active people. 1300 hectares of scenic farmland and native bush offer great variety for walkers or mountain bikers. If you're a horse rider, you're welcome to bring your horse to enjoy the scenery on horse-back.

    At the campsite itself, you'll find board games, petanque, outdoor darts and swing-ball. Relax in the outdoor bath or hammock with a good book, and watch the kids playing in the sandpit, paddling pool and sprinkler. There's even a telescope for star-gazing in the incredible night sky.

    The surrounding area is great to explore too! Within 20 minutes drive of the property you'll find Porangahau village and the nearby Porangahau beach for some summertime swimming action - or wintertime beach walks. You'll also find the place with the longest place name in the world - Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu (a good one to tick off the bucketlist!). 

    If you haven't brought your own horse, fantastic horse trekking is available at nearby Opiango Hills.

  • Your Hosts

    Birch Hill Station is a family owned sheep and beef farm in Porangahau, Central Hawkes Bay, run by Ben and Libby Tosswill. They will be your hosts during your stay.

    Ben and Libby left their banking jobs in the bright lights of London in 2009 to run their own farming business and raise their children free-range, back home in Hawkes Bay.

    Ben's parents, Bruce and Julie, farmed here for almost 40 years, transforming it from mostly scrub and gorse into a beautiful sheep and beef farm. They fenced off 850 acres of bush and left plenty of trees and bush around the farm to prevent erosion and ensure that stock have excellent shade and shelter.

    Birch Hill is 1300 ha (3200 acres), with 800 ha in grazing paddocks and the rest in native bush and pines. It is a beautiful property and with 15km of fully fenced farm tracks, it is safe and easy to take in the views and have a real farm experience. Birch Hill is a “hill country, summer dry” farm and has approximately 4000 breeding sheep and anywhere between 100 - 400 cattle depending on the season. Lambs are born over Aug/Sept and calves born in Sept/Oct. Ben and Libby's goal is to produce top quality, free range meat for the export and domestic market by having the healthiest, happiest animals possible.

    Birch Hill proudly supplies Silver Fern Farms with product and have been featured in Mindfood Magazine ('From the Source', July 2015 - there's a copy at the glampsite). The farm has also been used in an international advert for Silver Fern Farms. Ben and Libby also supply lamb directly to Mister D restaurant in Napier which comes highly recommended!