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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22 hours ago

Picked up another load of fence battens from the plant today and then went and visited another small island in Inglewood. Graham had selected some of his treasures for use for projects at our island. ... See more

2 days ago

Assist our rare breed animals with your support!

Fundraising Avonstour Island souvenir fridge magnets. All profits go back into our rare breed animals.

Posted to you within New Zealand for $5,50 ... See more

1 week ago
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Thank you all. Stallholders, visitors, volunteers. Without you guys we have land and animals. With you all we have a public event and everyone of you count. For us, we are ecstatic with the numbers. ... See more

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Here is a few of our lovely pictures from Open Day but we would love to see your pictures. If you send your photos in you will get free entry to the next Open Farm Day. That's free entry anyway. No ... See more

2 weeks ago

Fantastic - we are all go for Sunday! The weather is good, the response is good, so let's all do it. Come and have a fun day on the farm!



John Earney

Avonstour Island

1170 Makuri Road

RD 25 Stratford


Phone: 64-6-762 7992

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