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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Avonstour Island held a fantastic Free Open Farm Event yesterday Sunday 22 November 2020. We would like to thank all our visitors for coming out to "The Island" to see our large selection of Rare ... See more

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Mr. Frog is looking forward to seeing you on Open Day this Sunday!

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Pounui Jenny enjoying a good roll.

Thank goodness the rain has stopped. Victoria spotted this Pounui Jenny enjoying her roll in the dirt.

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Rare Breeds Conservation Society 2020 AGM on Saturday 21 November invites the public to listen to the following speakers Chris Garret on working donkeys & harness making. Next will be Pierre La Bas ... See more

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Come visit me on 22 november 2020 for Avonstour Island's Open Farm.. see if you can spot me and my great set of
Horns. I wonder if you measured my curly horns if the span would be close to that of ... See more



John Earney

Avonstour Island

1170 Makuri Road

RD 25 Stratford


Phone: 64-6-762 7992

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