The Farm

Kurua Farms and associated ‘hunting block’ run by Jason and Cherie Smalley encompass more than 4,000 acres of character, stretching from river flats past sheer rocky bluffs up onto an imposing plateau some 500m higher under Mount Ruapehu. The farm meets the challenge of being economic in an environmentally sustainable way by growing manuka honey on the steeper slopes, rearing sheep and cattle on the flats and in association with the lodge through tourism. It’s not a recipe for every property but is one that works here.