While you are staying at the Chaslands Farm Cottages you will be on Wayback Station which is a 750 acre (303 hectare) fully working farm surrounded by forest.
The highest point is approx 220 metres above sea level and the coast is visible from this point and several others. We have pockets of native bush on the property as well as developed pasture.
This farm has a great history surrounding it. In the late 1800s it was part of the Government Farm Settlement Scheme which encouraged new settlers to take up farming in remote areas by lease or lease to buy agreements. One of the original farm houses still stands today.
It then progressed into the sawmilling era from 1935 to 1971 with its own sawmill on site and up to ten houses for workers accommodation - one was even used as a school for a year in 1953. Of these ten there is five remaining. In the 1973 three of these were refurnished and opened to offer accommodation. Tony and I purchased the property in October 2007 and are keen to share our wonderful property with our guests.
Bird chorus & Perendale sheep
You will be welcome to wander around and enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature with abundant bird chorus or the sounds of perendale sheep, cattle or the wild goats that inhabit the farm.
You may also like to walk to The Bride Veil Waterfalls which are accessible through our farm.
You can enjoy your privacy in your fully self-contained cottage or feel welcome to mingle with us on the farm. We only ask that you take care while on the farm.
The Waipati River runs through Wayback Station and gives fishing licence holders a chance to catch brown trout or maybe have a swim.