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.

Avonstour Facebook Feeds......
10 hours ago

Really sorry everybody but we live in paradise. You know what? You can come and see it all on Open Day. Mark February 21st on your calendar

1 day ago
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Loved Whanga-Day! And the incredible diverse people

#whangamomonarepublicday #peacenotpines

4 days ago

Look at our beautiful new mural! Isn't it fantastic? Well, it could be nothing else to be sure! With an incredible artist Kanhika who was volunteering with Will last week. This couple were fantastic. ... See more

1 week ago
Avonstour Island: Rare breeds heritage farm busy preparing for open day - NZ Herald

Thank you very much Stratford Press for the great article about our next Open Farm Day on the 21st of February

The rare breeds and heritage farm is holding an Open Day in February.

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Amazing opportunity to learn and work with donkeys, NOW AVAILABLE FOR BOOKINGS.

Learn to work with donkeys with world travelled and known worldwide within the donkey community– Chris ... See more



John Earney

Avonstour Island

1170 Makuri Road

RD 25 Stratford


Phone: 64-6-762 7992

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