Get Your Hands a Little Dirty in New Zealand – Some of the world’s most incredible landscapes are in New Zealand, but are far from the crowds. People flock to this region of the world for outdoorsy, nature activities from destinations far and wide. While this reputation is certainly deserved, many visitors fail to find the opportunities for real immersion and the actual depth of experiences that New Zealand has to offer.
The usual traveler to this part of the world gets caught up in the bright lights of the region’s most popular activities and must-see places. And while this is certainly a bucket list type of island nation, it leaves out the opportunity of really connecting with the area on a deeper, more meaningful level. This buzz of activity in the most popular spots leaves unexplored potentials and uncharted adventures. New Zealand’s heartland has a captivating call that’s largely unheard by the masses – leaving this unique region largely unexplored.
One of the lesser-known destinations in New Zealand is only a half-hour’s drive from Taihape. Tarata Lodge offers a unique experience to immerse yourself in the local kiwi people’s lifestyle – a real chance to dig in and get your hands a bit dirty.
Centrally located on the northern side of the island nation in a pristine country setting, Tarata Lodge offers mesmerizing views of canyon walls and the rushing waters of Rangitikei River below. It’s a place where you can forget the cares of your life back home and reconnect with what’s most important – the simple, shared values of life. Here, you’ll get to interact with the local population and immerse yourself in a landscape where even some native New Zealanders have never been.
Tarata Lodge is far from the typical tourist trap. You can while away the hours taking part in real endeavors of the local population – a typical ‘day in the life’ type of experience. You’ll assist in daily operations of the farm if you choose. You can collect eggs, feed chickens and other livestock, or even nurse some of the newborn animals if you desire.
And you don’t have to spend all of your time on the farm, either. The region is full of outdoor activities such as hiking, rafting down the Rangitikei, or fly fishing. But you’ll find that the most incredible part of your vacation was the simple shared moments with authentic people. The connections you make will endure, as will the satisfaction of knowing you helped to contribute to a job well-done.