The Curious World Of Rare Breeds

Avonstour Island is a parcel of hill county land nestled in the beautiful Taranaki heartland. 

Our goal is to change your personal perception of organics, sustainability and self-ownership by a mere 1%. This may seem small but if we can challenge you to change another person’s mind a mere 1%, then our job is done.
On the Island, we offer quirky eco-accommodation. If you are targeting us for the numerous courses we run, we also have accommodation organised on a neighbouring sustainable Island just a boat’s row away or a 15 minutes’ drive. The property is an Island oasis of heritage methods, crafts, food and living…….. a rare treat in today’s modern-day commercialisation.

Avonstour Island is one of the few NZ Islands that a railway still runs through, meaning you don’t need a boat to get to us.

Within the Island oasis we grow and display established heritage food trees, old food plants and Rare Breed animals, some of which are the rarest in the world. The Island is in fact a collection of forgotten genetic material both plant and animal.
If your visit is for accommodation or education expect to see many things that you will need for survival and sustainability in the challenging modern world today.

The Island is in a constant state of evolution where the modern world is blending with the old. We always welcome your input in many forms, be it a relic from the past or if you are lucky enough to be a volunteer, to help others’ take advantage of the knowledge and education we offer.

When entering the Island, you need to sweep your mind free of the commercial and modern world and realise that our goal is education and to enhance your future. Any fees we charge are totally used to keep the vision and dream open and operational for the next visitor.

We are not open to the public. However, we constantly encourage business, families, clubs, organisations, schools etc to make organised group bookings. These organised bookings always receive very personal treatment.

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4 months ago
Photos from Avonstour Island's post

Many of our working Kelpies get used for agility because they are intelligent, fit and active. The photos are showing Plad, Bones and Ember

4 months ago

We wish to promote a breed every week and we would love your interaction. This week we are showcasing Dexter cattle.

Dexter cattle are the original crofters smallholders animal from Ireland. They ... See more

4 months ago


All livestock including goats, donkeys, ponys, pigs etc. Also general goods around the Huiroa settlement. Looking for investors. We already have one vehicle.

5 months ago

We decided to list all the breeds we are breeding and helping to save in the info box of our Facebook page.

There are many breeds we have worked on in the past which are now on the increase.

If ... See more

5 months ago
Avonstour Island Heritage Farm: The weird, wonderful and rare breeds on this 16ha farm near Stratford

This article is about 18 months old but still doing all the same things and more on the island...

John Earney is a collector of many old things, including traditional livestock breeds. Words & photos: Sheryn Dean Who: John Earney What: Avonstour Island, Organic Heritage Farm Where: Huiroa, 1 hour ... See more



John Earney

Avonstour Island

1170 Makuri Road

RD 25 Stratford


Phone: 64-6-762 7992

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