Mel­lons­folly Ranch

The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - NORTH ISLAND -

To reach Mel­lons­folly Ranch, you lit­er­ally drive out west. From Ohakune, pass through Raetihi and head for the hills. The Wild West out­post, rep­re­sent­ing a 19th-cen­tury Wy­oming town, was built eight years ago and is a place to chan­nel your in­ner cow­poke, strap on a sixshooter, per­fect a bow-legged walk and prac­tice slouch­ing in the sad­dle à la Clint East­wood. The town is im­pres­sively au­then­tic. Bad guys are booted out of the saloon and there are plenty of “Wanted” posters and prairie cui­sine. The ac­com­mo­da­tion is up­mar­ket with brass beds and un­der­floor heat­ing. Try guided horse treks through the hills, sharp shoot­ing, archery, horse­shoe throw­ing and singing songs around the honky-tonk pi­ano. Texas Rose’s Bath­house of­fers pam­per­ing af­ter a hard day on the range. The whole ranch can be rented for $6000 a night. In­di­vid­ual night pack­ages in premium rooms cost $375. Fam­i­lies are wel­come. old­west­town.co.nz

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