By the num­bers

NZ Life & Leisure - - Country Life -

Two and a half years to de­velop the laven­der farm and gar­dens and six months to com­plete the build­ings. The farm of­fi­cially opened in Novem­ber 2014.

The farm is also home to eight al­pacas, eight merino sheep, nine or­phan lambs and sev­eral chick­ens; all are pro­duc­tive an­i­mals.

The prop­erty cov­ers 12 hectares – eight are de­vel­oped into the farm and four are marked for fu­ture devel­op­ment.

There are 7000 laven­der plants of ap­prox­i­mately 25 va­ri­eties, in­clud­ing grosso, su­per and pa­cific blue.

While the bees are too many to count, there are 100 bee boxes, all hand painted pur­ple to match the pur­ple trac­tors. The farm’s Lakes Honey, in­clud­ing laven­der, manuka, rata, clover and kamahi, is crafted with the help of lo­cal con­tract bee­keep­ers and is for sale in the store. Five tonnes were har­vested in 2016/17.

Many vis­i­tors have never seen laven­der be­fore. “We’ve also had tourists who had no idea rose­mary was a plant or had never seen a rose in bloom. That’s one thing we love, see­ing our guests not only dis­cover our prod­ucts but be­ing able to ex­pe­ri­ence them by walk­ing among the lanes of laven­der and sit­ting un­der the trees.”

TH­ESE PAGES: Stef and Tim have left their pur­ple fin­ger­prints on ev­ery inch of the farm. The signs di­rect­ing wan­der­ing tourists were hand- sten­cilled, and the Massey Ferguson trac­tor taken apart and painted by Tim. It was orig­i­nally red and grey, but with its jazzed- up paint job, it now can do dou­ble- duty as a road­side ad­ver­tise­ment.

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