Middle Rock Station offers visitors a comprehensive farm tour experience in the scenic Lake Coleridge high country just one hour’s drive west of Christchurch. Bordered by the braided Rakaia River, the property farms over 7,000 sheep producing fine wool for the apparel trade and export lamb for international meat markets. Recently Middle Rock has also opened The Shearers’ Quarters, farmstay accommodation suitable for families, international visitors, small conference groups and those wishing to enjoy the many recreational opportunities of the Lake Coleridge area. The large garden at Middle Rock, framed by panoramic views of the Mt Hutt range, has also hosted many local and community groups over the years.
Owners, Bruce and Lyn, have farmed Middle Rock since 1973. Recently they have been joined by their daughter, Charlotte and her husband, Vince. The family has enjoyed hosting international guests, farming delegations, conference visitors and local community groups for over 25 years.
“There are no strangers in this world, only friends not yet met”.
The Shearers’ Quarters – Middle Rock
- 4 double rooms and a sofa bed in the main building. Each of the kingsize double beds can be converted to 2 singles
- Two exterior cabins can sleep an additional 4 people
- 3 bathrooms including one en suite
- Fully self contained kitchen, laundry facilities + BBQ
- Large log fire in a spacious living area, excellent heating throughout
- WiFi, Sky TV (limited channels)
- Bed linen available (extra charge)
- Safe outdoor area for children
- Farmyard setting where families can experience farm life
Sleeps 8 – 12 people. Handy to 3 ski fields, 3 golf courses, the walkways of the Lake Coleridge Basin and 5 kilometers from Terrace Downs Resort. The Quarters are ideal for walking, skiing and cycling groups looking for centrally located accommodation. Access to the Rakaia River and many kilometers of farm tracks available for walking and recreational cycling. Ideal for families. Exclusive use.
Personalised Farm Tours
With its easy access for large tour coaches, Middle Rock is an ideal venue for international visitors, farming delegations and families wishing to experience first hand, life on a high country sheep station. Tours take up to 3 hours and include viewing seasonal farming activities, sheep dog mustering, sheep handling and lamb feeding (in season). For farming groups a more specialised approach is taken according to the interests of the group. Morning or afternoon teas served in the homestead kitchen are also included. Lunches can also be provided.
A visit to Middle Rock offers the opportunity to be guests of a New Zealand farming family in a non-commercial environment amidst the stunning high country scenery of the Lake Coleridge area. Each tour day is different depending on what is happening on the farm. There are no minimum numbers, each group has exclusive access and we are open all year by appointment.
Lately the demand from the pre-booked group tour market has meant we have had to decline a number of small group and family visits. If you wish to visit Middle Rock please give us as much advance notice as you can. We’ll do our best to schedule a visit for you.