Farm Tour, Tupe Tupe Farm.
Farm Manager and Farm Tour Guide.
Roger Ludbrook is fifth generation Ludbrook and manager of Tupe Tupe, the farm.
Roger is involved with the Northland branch of Federated Farmers, is on the board of Trustees at Kerikeri High School and serves on many other local community organisations.
Join him for an update on the farm activities and learn about the challenges and opportunities of managing a farm in New Zealand.
As custodian of this land he willingly shares his lifetime knowledge of the ancient and present day farming calendar and his efforts to sustain this land for future generations.
The 418 hectare farm is currently run as a beef breeding and finishing property, with some calf rearing in autumn and spring.
Mustering and drenching or attending the local livestock sale is also part of the farm routine that you may enjoy experiencing.
It is our privilege to welcome you to Tupe Tupe, purchased in September 1860. We have set up some farm walks, and hope you take the opportunity to visit the old house site in the orchard or wander to the Tupe Tupe water fall on the Peka Peka stream that runs through the middle of the farm.
• To the site of the Original House. 10 mins.
Samuel Blomfield Ludbrook (1825-1884) came to New Zealand with his mother in 1840 as a sixteen year-old. He married Caroline Elizabeth Williams (1832-1916) on the 15th December 1858. It is known that Samuel and Caroline moved to Tupe Tupe shortly after they purchased the farm, Tupe Tupe.
When Samuel and Caroline went to Tupe Tupe, their first home was part of Prospect, the house previously owned by George and Martha Clarke, Samuel’s uncle and aunt.
The house was moved by bullock train from Waimate North to their chosen site, close to the village of Ohaeawai.
By adding to this they established a new nine-roomed home.
Early winter-cheer planted by Caroline Ludbrook
Arum lilies at the site of the first homestead
The old homestead has gone. The only signs that anyone lived there is a clearing, surrounded by daffodils, snowdrops, bluebells and arum lillies and old fig, plum and lemon trees amongst the sycamores and oaks.
"This has been a wonderful experience. It will stay in our memory for many years”
Seal beach, California.
Tour of Tupe Tupe, the beef farm set within the historic Taiamai plain.
Explore the many archeological sites within the farm and discover the rich visual evidence of early Maori habitation.
Follow the main Tupe Tupe stream to the waterfall and beyond to ponds to observe the water birds. Find on our back boundary a beautifully formed stone wall built by foot soldiers before the battle of Ohaeawai in 1845.