Benlea Sheep and Cattle Farm Tours

Join us for a sheep and cattle farm tour at Benlea, Canterbury, New Zealand – just one hours drive from Christchurch.  Farm tours are 2 hours long and include a personalised commentary as we drive through the 3000 acre (1200 Ha) farm, detailing how we run the stock. Ideal for people who want an insight into farming, and for those wanting some more in depth information.

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Bus Tours:

The farm bus tours incorporate a drive through the farm with a commentary along the way about how we run the farm and what is currently happening as we pass by each area, followed by morning or afternoon tea at the farm house and a wander around the large country garden or feeding the pet sheep if desired. We can also take a drive into neighbouring Terrace Downs High Country Resort to view the development there.

Small Group Tours:

Small group tours include all that the bus tours do but are personalised to what you would like to see and also allow for extra stops such as some spectacular views or having a look in the wool shed.

Garden Only Tours:

Garden only tours can be arranged for garden clubs, or other groups that would like to wander around the beautiful large country garden that covers one hectare of land with many mature trees and shrubs, both exotic and native. There are many pathways meandering through the garden, two large rock gardens – one with a natural bird bath, and a gallery to view. Tours include morning or afternoon tea.

Tours can be combined with other local gardens to make a day trip.


All tours start and end at our farm house at 728 Coleridge Road, Canterbury, New Zealand.

Bus tours – $18.00 per person (minimum of 12 people).
Operate from October through to the end of April  Bus operators please note all farm tracks are shingle but very tidy. Buses not provided. Booking essential.

Personalised small group tour in our vehicle (7 people or less) – Adults $100 each, children (14 years and under) $50 each, children 2 years and under free (minimum of 2 adults, or 1 adult and 2 paying children applies, or $200).
Booking generally required. Operates year round subject to weather.

Garden only tours – $14.00 per person (minimum of 15 people applies). Booking essential.

Take a look at the Benlea Farm and Garden Tours facebook page, our farm page Benlea Farm for what is happening on the farm or our garden page Country Garden NZ for photos and videos in the garden and gallery.