Our farm is 6.2 hectares and is in Raurimu, virtually on top of the famous railway Spiral.
About half is in pasture and there are banks sloping down to the railway. Regenerating forest, mostly on the slopes, supplies our herd with a variety of leaves and twigs, ferns and lichens which supplements their diet in a natural way. The forest also supplies shade from sun and the very persistent rain round this area.
When we first came here we reared a few calves but as the alpaca increased we stopped this and now have just 2 cows to eat surplus grass As they are belted Galloways, many of our visitors have never seen them and are intrigued by their colouring!
We have a fantastic view of the Spiral. We now have a bench where visitors can look at 3 levels and if they are lucky, a train will come by. On a good day it is nice to take lunch with us and enjoy the sun and the view. Sometimes, when men are working on the track, one alpaca will whistle the alarm call and the herd will gather together to see what is going on.
As the name suggests, a timber mill was on the property. There are lots of bits and pieces about from that era and there are said to be at least 3 more houses buried in one of our paddocks.