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Discover an unforgettable high country experience on an expansive family owned and managed New Zealand sheep ranch (aka station). Various options are available, from half to full day, bed and breakfast, to multi day holidays.

All activities are personally guided by a family member. Enjoy an experience described by one visitor as ‘the essence of New Zealand’. Operating since 2003, Beaumont High Country Experience has built a reputation for excellence. Bookings are not combined, hence, visit as a single, couple, family, or small group to become our exclusive guests for the duration of your stay. This enables us to personally tailor to the individual needs of our visitors.

Numerous options offer the opportunity to explore the beautiful, diverse scenery of this 18,000 acre high country sheep ranch by horseback or 4-wheel drive vehicle. Visit historic Flecks Hut on one full day choice. Meander through an abundance of native shrubbery, amid beautiful towering beech trees as you ascend the hills. Then, upon arrival at the cabin, relax and enjoy a leisurely lunch and a bottle of chilled wine in peaceful solitude, amid the vast unspoiled tussock landscape.

In addition, experience a unique high country farming adventure, when you saddle up and ride out to join the mustering team. Once there, help with the gathering (herding) of the sheep, or cattle in the high country. Due to the nature of this activity and the ‘untamed natural’ environment, previous horse riding experience and a good level of fitness is recommended.

Multi day horseback packages are also available. Choose from the three day ‘Back to Nature’ experience, traversing amid some of the most stunning scenery on offer; to the seven day holiday. This option includes, not only horseback mustering, but other unique aspects of a high country ranch visit.

‘I cannot express enough the absolute amazing time we spent with you, the horses and the dogs. Our three day adventure was far beyond expectation; words cannot begin to explain. Your hospitality was so sincere and freely given, you made us feel welcomed and comfortable. Most of all you gave us some wonderful memories. Love the horses and the dogs; Chipper you are a rock, Cody a little dog who thinks he is big and Wag you are gentle and sweet. The scenery was simply magnificent at every
turn…magnificent.' Linda Bergman, Calgary, Canada

Good to know

  • Works with travel agents?

    yes

Lowdown

  • Owner(s)

    Struan and Lynn Minty
  • Address

    Beaumont Station, RD 1, Otautau, Southland, New Zealand, 9689
  • Tel

    0064 03 931 9858
  • Capacity

    6
  • Open

    Jan-Apr, Nov-Dec - view details
  • Ranch Type

    Working Ranch, Authentic, Hands-On, Bed & Breakfast
  • Great for

    Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Adults

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Highs

  • Absolutely stunning and exclusive New Zealand ranch; Exceptional hospitality and personal service
  • This ranch is family-owned and operated; therefore, you're riding directly with the owners
  • Beaumont offers a variety of riding experiences from scenic trail to livestock handling; you will be in awe when you watch their working dogs help gather the sheep
  • Special 7-night packages dedicated to singles and couples with a comprehensive itinerary
  • A true, intimate experience where You choose your schedule; You will definitely enjoy that Lynn tailor-designs each ranch stay to fit exactly what you're looking for

Lows

  • There is no internet or landline phone connection at the cottage; however, Lynn and Struan are happy to have visitors use theirs
  • Children and families may find that for long-haul stays, there are not the facilities nor variety of activities available to suit their needs. However, what the ranch does offer is ideal for families looking to incorporate a ranch visit into a longer New Zealand vacation.
 

Summer Season Rates & Booking

  • Open

    Jan-Apr, Nov-Dec
  • Preferred arrival day

    Any day is fine
  • Preferred depart day

    Any day is fine
  • Booking Policy

  • Activities included are dependent on your chosen package
  • Included in your stay

  • meals, activities, lodging, tax, Riding
  • Extras

Lowdown

  • Elevation

    600-3000 ft.
  • Remote Location

 

Nearest Airports

  • Invercargill Airport, Invercargill

  • Nearest town / city

    Invercargill
  • Distance to ranch

    50 miles
  • Time to ranch

    1 hour 15 mins
  • Airlines

    Air New Zealand
  • Ranch shuttle

    price on enquiry
  • Rental car

    Required
  • Queenstown International Airport, Queenstown

  • Nearest town / city

    Queenstown
  • Distance to ranch

    120 miles
  • Time to ranch

    2 hours
  • Airlines

    Air New Zealand Jetstar Qantas
  • Ranch shuttle

    price on enquiry
  • Rental car

    Required

Nearest Town / City

  • Nightcaps

  • Population

    500
  • Distance

    6 miles
  • Time from ranch

    15 mins
  • Facilities

    grocery store, church, school, post office, medical clinic
  • Shopping

    small hometown necessity shops
  • Rental car

    Required
 

Our riding stands out

  • A true, high-country adventure - off-road backcountry horseback riding over diverse, hilly terrain
  • Riding in an untamed, natural environment with complete privacy
  • Authentic cattle and sheep mustering in a spectacular setting on a New Zealand working ranch

Our horses

  • guest horses

    5
  • horse types

    Thoroughbred, Geldings, Mares, cross breed

Our Riding

  • Unscheduled rides

    Being we take few guests at one time and generally all coming as one group at a time, we are able to coordinate exactly what you'd like to do each day. And, our schedule is dictated around you.
  • Guided rides

    All rides are fully guided by our family. This ensures you that you will be on the absolute best rides with guides who know the ranch inside and out, thus meandering your way throughout all corners of the property.

Good to know

  • Riding considerations

    Up to 225 lbs, no riding experience needed, We recommend a good level of physical fitness, We consider height and athletic ability as well as a guest's weight
  • Saddles

    English, Australian Stock Saddle

Lowdown

  • Type of riding

    English Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

    Intermediate
  • Rides are grouped by

    Ability, Pace of Ride, Rides tailored to guest requests, Rides dictated by ranch work
  • Our bookings are generally single or double bookings (ie a couple or 2 friends). Hence, we can tailor your rides specific to your requests. Our focus for your stay is on a quality experience. We can also accommodate small group bookings.
  • Max riders per ride

    6
  • Wranglers per ride

    1
  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • Due to the diversity of our terrain, the majority of our riding does take place at a walk, with many oportunities to trot and canter. However, the faster paces are dependant guest requirements and ability. We will assess prior to heading out on the trail.

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You'll enjoy

  • hours in the Saddle

    Morning - n/a, Afternoon - n/a, Evening - n/a
  • The rides are tailored to guests requirements (as a single or double booking). Generally they are half day, being 2-3 hours, or full day 4-5 hours.
  • Riding

    Openly through property, On specified trails
 

Cattle work - pasture gathers

  • When

    Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec
  • Interaction

    Guests participate

Sheep work - pasture gathers

  • When

    Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec
  • Frequency

    On Request
  • No. of sheep

    9000
  • Interaction

    Guests watch, Guests participate
  • Guests are able to actively participate in all aspects of our sheep operation.

Pack Trips

  • Details

    part of ranch experience, overnight trips, day trips, weekly trips, remote
  • Extras

    With 2 privately owned huts located on the property we can offer overnight and longer trips exploring the ranch. This can be tailored to your specific needs and combined with a high country sheep muster for longer stays.

Sample Riding Itinerary

  • 7-night/8-day sample itinerary for singles packages (can also be tailored for couples):

    Day 1

    AM – Pick up from Winton around 11 am.

    PM – Once settled into the cottage, meet and greet the horses and enjoy an afternoon horse ride in the high country.

    Days 2 and 3

    Explore the sheep ranch during an overnight expedition to Barretts Hut. Situated at the foothills of the Takitimu Mountains on the fringes of a beautiful beech forest, this private hut offers you the opportunity to relax in unspoiled, secluded surroundings. Originally built as musterer’s accommodation, Barretts has 4 bunks, a separate long drop toilet and basic facilities, hence, expect a genuine back country experience. The horse ride on the first day offers opportunities to canter on the journey and includes a couple of river crossings (providing the chance to swim in the pristine, mountain waters). The following day, the return excursion climbs up over Centre Hill, where panoramic views of the surrounding countryside can be enjoyed.

    Day 4

    Participate in an authentic NZ high country farming experience as you join us on a sheep or cattle muster by horseback. This is where you help the musterer’s and their dogs gather (herd) the sheep, or cattle in the high country for moving to another area.

    Day 5

    AM – Assist in the sheep or cattle yards. The sheep and to a lesser degree, cattle, are regularly brought into the yards. This enables them be handled individually and attended to as required. Hence, this is a wonderful opportunity to be ‘up close and personal’ with the animals.

    PM – Visit a local woolshed to view a shearing gang in action. Shearers take the wool off the sheep, Roustabouts then skirt it and place the different grades into the appropriate bins and when these are filled, a ‘Presser’ packs the wool into bales for cartage.

    Day 6

    Saddle up to ride around some of the sheep in the high country grasslands. Check on their health and well being and search for any ‘cast’ sheep. (Sheep often get itchy, especially when in full wool, or heavily in lamb. They roll on their backs to scratch them and sometimes they become unable to get up, hence the term ‘cast’.)

    Day 7

    AM – Help with handling of the foals. Having recently acquired an appaloosa stallion, we are now enjoying the ability to breed and sell our own foals. Our daughter Lenore is managing this new venture.

    PM – Assist with the trimming some of the horse’s hooves and gain a basic understanding of this skill.

    Day 8

    AM – Free morning to pack and say goodbye to the animals.

    PM – Return to Winton.

Setting

  • Private Land - 10,000-20,000 (acres)

  • We have 18, 000 acres of some of New Zealand's finest landscape. Out riding a guest will encounter narrow tracks in a forest of beech trees, ferns and shrubbery. Amidst all this one might need to cross a small stream or two. Away from the smaller forest, you'll encounter wide- open spaces, tractor roads, the outlining of a field, and splendid views of Southland's great mountains.

We prepare down-home, authentic ranch-style New Zealand meals. With traditional-style meals, we make certain that your belly will not go without. Although there's nothing "fancy" about our fare, it is certainly tasty down-home cooking!

Aside from breakfast, all home-based meals will be with the Minty family at the homestead. Where possible, we use our own meat and vegetables, hence healthy, wholesome farm cooked meals can be enjoyed. Dinner, served in the evening, is 2-course, accompanied by a glass of wine. Breakfast is continental - cereal, toast, preserved fruit and fruit juice etc.

If you have a special preference, please let us know.

Good to know

Alcohol

BYOB, wine provided with dinner

Snacking

BYO snack

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Ranch-style
  • Meals served

    family style, meals roll with days activities, everyone eats together
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, patio, dining room (casual attire), in-room dining
  • You'll definitely love

    locally grown produce, ranch-raised lamb

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Guest Favorites

  • Our picnic lunches at Flecks Hut, complete with a bottle of chilled wine
  • Kiwi barbeque with home grown lamb chops
  • home grown lamb roast
 

Your Chef

  • Your dedicated chef is Lynn Minty

  • Being a farmers wife with 4 children and numerous extras at meal times has given Lynn considerable experience cooking for large numbers with 'good hearty' appetites.  She draws on this to provide her visitors with 'wholesome' meals using ranch raised lamb and vegetables from the garden (subject to availibility).  The evening meal is 2 course.

Sample Menu

    Continential stlye breakfast with cereals, preserved fruit, fruit juice and home baked muffins

    Wholesome picnic lunch of filled rolls, savouries, cakes, biscuits, nibbles and dried fruit.  Accompanied by a chilled bottle of sparkling wine and finished with tea or coffee.

    'Kiwi barbeque' with ranch raised lamb chops, locally produced sausages and salads.  Accompanied by a bottle of NZ red or white wine.  Followed by 'Caramel Custard Rubarb Dessert' with rubarb fresh from the garden and whipped cream

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 5 and over



Children are welcome and families find this a wonderful time to connect with one another while introducing their children to a rural lifestyle and working ranch. A real highlight for children is feeding the pet sheep by hand.  

However, note that due to the terrain and duration, the half- and full-day horse rides are unsuitable for younger children. In this instance, we recommend a short horse ride using a lead may be a better option for children under 12 years of age (depending on experience).

Families and children may find that for longer stays, there are not the facilities nor the variety of activities to suit their needs. However, what the ranch does have to offer for children and families is ideal for shorter visits to the ranch as part of a longer New Zealand vacation.

Detailed Activities

  • Riding based activities

    animal care, horse care

Although farmed much earlier, Beaumont was one of the first recorded leases to be officially purchased in Southland in 1857 and was then around 58,000 acres.  It was bought by Captain's Powell and Stevens, whaling men who then 'turned their hand to farming'.  The partnership dissolved a number of years later, with Captain Stevens retaining ownership until his demise in 1897.

During this time there were little or no fences and boundary riders were employed to keep the sheep within the ranch boundaries. Flecks Hut, which is often visited on the horse rides, was named after one such Irishman, who lived there with his wife and family in the 1860's.  Unnamed twin daughters were born around 1868, but died as infants.  A lonely cairn marks their grave on the property.

The Minty family bought the 'homestead block' of the ranch by auction in 1982, it was then around 10,000 acres.  In 1993 the Ardross lease, which was for many years part of the original ranch, was once again added to this, bringing the property to its present size.

Lowdown

  • Ranch established

    1857
  • Guest ranch since

    2004
  • Ranchers for

    4 generations

Our Staff

  • honesty and integrity
  • good work ethics
  • reliability
  • We have 5 wranglers on our staff, aged 17 to 57

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Owner Info

  • Owner - Struan and Lynn Minty

  • Languages spoken

    english
  • The Minty family have managed and owned Beaumont Station since 1982.

    Struan comes from a farming family which extends for 4 generations since migrating from Scotland. Truly a family business, 5 members work either full, or part-time on the property.

    "Passionate about farming; we see it not just as a business, but a way of life". The tourism aspect of the business is now becoming well established and has been operating for around 7 years.

Our Wranglers

  • Wrangler - Lynn Minty & Family

  • Age

    50
  • Languages spoken

    english
  • You are personally guided by our family; therefore, we can cover ever square inch of this property on our rides and make our own trails!
  • Wrangler - Lenore Minty

  • Age

    27
  • Languages spoken

    english
  • A family member who has lived and helped on the ranch all her life. She has ridden horses from an early age, has worked in the tourism industry and still works part-time on the property.

Rooms & Rates

  • Room type | nameSummer ratesWinter rates

  • House | Beaumont Cottage$165-$285n/a

    • Description

      Relax and enjoy the atmosphere and hospitality of a farm stay cottage on a high country sheep ranch. Set amidst peaceful, tranquil surroundings; the cottage is tastefully decorated to reflect its timeless atmosphere. Fully self contained with modern kitchen facilities, it has 2 lounges (one with a television), 1 shower and toilet, two double bedrooms and one twin bedroom. With its own outdoor garden area, this comfortable farm stay cottage is ideal for couples, small groups or families.
    • Rooms

      3
    • Max occupancy

      6
    • Prices listed are

      per couple
    • Minimum stay

      no minimum
    • Bathrooms

      Shared bathroom
    • Entertainment

      tv, hot tub
  • House | Singles Packages$0n/a

    • Description

      Accommodation for singles is at Beaumont cottage. Adjacent to the homestead, this tastefully restored, spacious cottage is exclusively yours for the duration of your stay. Aside from breakfast, all home based meals will be with the Minty family at the homestead.
    • Prices listed are

      per person
    • Minimum stay

      no minimum

Services

Communications

  • wireless internet
  • telephone

Onsite

Outdoor Activities

  • campouts
  • nature hikes

Water based Activities

  • hot tub
  • Additional Activities

    • Enjoy the excitement and adventure of 4 wheeling in the high country, join 'the boss' on a personal tour of the station nestled on the fringes of the native beech forest. There is also plenty of time for relaxation and connecting with your partner, friend, or family.

Good to know

  • You can borrow

    Riding helmets, Saddle bags, Rain coats
 

Fishing & Wildlife

  • Fishing

  • Types of fishing

    river, instruction available
  • There is a pristine mountain river suitable for fishing located at the back of the ranch.  We can organise transport, a thread line fishing rod and basic tuition for any visitors interested in this activity.

  • Wildlife and birding

  • There are wild deer and pigs on the ranch.

Offsite Activities

  • Travel to Clifton Johan and Joyce on a thrilling jet boat adventure. Ride across Lake Hauroko to the mouth of the Wairaurahiri River, where you'll encounter some of the most intense and exciting white water rapids in New Zealand.

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