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

Well done to Victoria for trapping the culprit of the crimes of poultry devastation that we have been encountering recently. One down & I am sure there are some more to trap.

5 months ago
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Self sufficiency is the way to go. Tune in to MostFM 100.4 at 9.30am this morning to follow John & Avonstour Island on their journey off self sufficiency.

5 months ago
Self-sufficiency at Avonstour Island

Self-sufficiency at Avonstour Island during Level 4 of the Covid-19 Lock Down. Thanks to Orla Blane and Adam Cracknell for the video clip & editing. Also a big thank you to the team in for being part ... See more

5 months ago
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Tune into Most.FM on 100.4FM at 9.30am this morning to catch up with John for his plans for upcoming courses on self sufficiency.. 100.4FM on the radio.... or your phone...

5 months ago
Introducing our donkey Jenny foal "Covey"

Avonstour Island has their own covid19 namesake. Introducing Covey the youngest Jenny foal. Thx to Maggie for the video.


Photo Gallery

A selection of rare breeds found on our farm



John Earney

Avonstour Island

1170 Makuri Road

RD 25 Stratford


Phone: 64-6-762 7992

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