What you need to know
Rural Tours is able to cater for clients with a range of special requests, which include:
- Dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, halal, no beef/lamb etc)
- Allergies (e.g. pet allergies – no cats, non smoking hosts etc)
- Special Interest requests (e.g. staying with Lions Club members, Staying with Teachers)
- Disability requests (e.g. paraplegic facilities, single level home)
- Farm Type (e.g. dairy farmers from overseas wanting to stay with dairy farmers in New Zealand)
Early Arrivals/Late Departures
Early arrivals (prior to 3pm) requiring lunch and addtional farm activities are available on a case-by-case basis. Please advise at the time of booking.
Late departures (after 10am and before 1.30pm) requiring lunch and addtional farm activities are available on a case-by-case basis. Please advise at the time of booking.
Host Family Information
Due to the law governing the New Zealand Privacy Act, the amount of information able to be advised about individual host families in advance is limited. Information given by Rural Tours covers the key points about the farmstay destination and host family. Of course, the host families will want to talk about themselves in detail while guests are there.
Transfers can be provided by the farmstay hosts for those guests that are travelling by public transport or sightseeing coach. Rural Tours will arrange for the farmstay hosts to collect guests from a pre arranged local meeting point (usually a bus or train station) and return them there at the completion of their farmstay. There is a small charge for these transfers however the charge is considerably less than the cost of a taxi or shuttle service which is also less common in rural areas.
Booking lead-time requirement
Bookings for individuals - 2 weeks notice is preferred
Bookings for groups - 3 weeks notice is preferred.
For guests travelling by rental vehicle, Rural Tours provides a map with directions and related information.
Child rates are available only when accompanied by an adult.
Rural Tours staff visit all farmstay properties to ensure an appropriate quality of accommodation, service, and overall experience.
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Kim & Family (Malaysia & NZ)
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Chris & Faye (Australia)
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Richard & Deborah (Australia)