Farm stay, Farm holidays, Farm tour,
Bay of Islands
Northland Historic Places Trust Cultural and Historical Site

Things To Do

Your stay can be as relaxing or as active as your choose. Let Sam & Chris facilitate your discovery of this northern most region of New Zealand.

Sam Ludbrook walks the farm with his dog, Sue.

Sam has a passenger transport license and with his life time knowledge of this region will conduct you to our favourite haunts.

We can arrange your tours, by boat, plane, bus or walking to suit your particular interest.

Northland Food & Wine Trail

Ludbrook House Fine Foods has added an out let shop in the gardens of Ludbrook House and has become a must stop destination on the Northland Food & Wine Trail. Visit for a comprehensive map of the Food trail and other activities in Northland.

Outlet Shop in Ludbrook House garden.
Outlet Shop in Ludbrook House garden.

Savouring the Source: Food and Wine Festival

November 14, 2009

Showcasing Northland's food and wine producers exclusively. Held yearly in conjunction with the Bay of Islands Pastoral and Industrial Show on the second Saturday in November. Established in 1864 this wonderful day out is where visitors enjoy the traditional aspects of a rural show alongside the latest in Northland's food products and award winning wines. Continuous wine and cooking demonstrations are conducted by Northland's top chefs in the giant marquee with the historic Waimate North Mission Grounds and Church as a backdrop to the stunning Show grounds site.

Visit the Bay of Islands Pastoral and Industrial Show website here

Savouring the Source giant marquee in Showgrounds.
Savouring the Source giant marquee in Show grounds.

Heritage Sites

Visit the charming pioneer mission homes and the beautiful historic churches at Russell, Paihia, Pakaraka, Waimate North and Rawene.

Northlands East and West Coast Harbours

Ludbrook House is perfectly situated for day trips to the east coast or the west coast where you can picnic on a glorious coastline beaches or enjoy the activities around the Northlands famous Harbours.

Hokianga Harbour natural sand sculptures.

Sand surfing, Hokianga Harbour.

  • Bay of Islands Harbour recreational fishing, sailing and cruising. Dolphin watching and swimming.

  • Whangaroa Harbour a glacial style harbour with sheltered waters and spectacular scenery allows rapid access to deep sea fishing grounds and the beautiful Cavelli Islands.

  • Hokianga Harbour. The legendary landing place of Kupe, the first explorer, a recreational dream place. Take the water taxi to the North head sand dunes for an unforgettable experience.

  • Mangonui Harbour. Small and perfectly sheltered.
    Visit Mangonui township with it’s cafes and craft shops.

  • Rangaunu Harbour at the head of the beautiful Karikari Peninsula

  • Parwaregarenga Harbour the northern most NZ harbour with outstanding fishing and close up experience of the spectacular silicone white sands.

Northland Forests:

Boardwalk in Puketi Forest.

A rata vine twines up a Puriri tree.
  • 45 minute drive on SH 12 will reveal Tane Mahuta the giant Kauri tree of the Waipoua forest.

  • 25 minute drive to the Puketi forest will reveal the unique fauna and flora that Northland is so justifiably proud and also reveal the large stands of Kauri that covered Northland in pre European days.

Golf Courses:

  • Kauri Cliffs Golf Course. 45 minute drive to this world renown course.

  • Kerikeri Golf Course. 15 minutes to the horticultural district and this championship course.

  • Waitangi Golf Course. 25 minute drive to Waitangi, the birth place of NZ and it’s golf course with spectacular sea views from every angle.

  • Kaikohe Golf Course. 5 minutes to this country course developed from old gum fields and near by Ngawha Springs mineral pools.

  • Kaitaia Golf Links Course. 1 hour drive to this spectacular course developed from the sand dunes along 90 mile beach.

  • Whangaroa Golf Course. 50 minute drive to this testing country course. En route to historic Mangonui and our friends at Butler Point whaling museum.


  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds and The Bledisloe gift to the nation. A “must do” experience of the cultural background and reason for NZ’s cultural heritage. The information centre, the mission house, the Maori meeting house and the Maori war canoe set in the breathtakingly beautiful treaty grounds will help you to “know” us. The Reverend Henry Williams is Sam Ludbrook's great-great grandfather. At Waitangi learn of the family connection to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi

  • Butler Point Whaling Museum. We have trouble persuading our guests to come home again from this unique and fascinating property.

  • Matakohe Kauri Museum on the twin coast discovery highway. This museum is world class give it plenty of time.

  • Kaikohe Pioneer Museum. Developed thanks to the passion for history that is Northland.

  • Russell Museum and Pompallier House. Experience the history that envelopes Russell township, New Zealand's first town.

  • Kemp House, Kerikeri. New Zealand's first stone building. The living history of settlement in NZ.

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