Dill’s Farm Bach

Enjoy a slice of history with a few modern comforts

Dill Farm Hut, Kaipara Hills

Hosts: Stephen & Clare Dill

Your second night will be spent at the rustic Dill Farm Hut, nestled amongst native bush beside the picturesque Pinui Creek, a tributary leading to the Hoteo River.

The original farm was bought by Marcus Gordon Dill who immigrated to New Zealand in 1878, the only son of Dr. John Dill and wife Emma Billings from Manchester. After spending some time in Wanganui working for a survey party Marcus was invited up to Warkworth for Christmas. There he met his friends sister who subsequently became his wife. It is where your accommodation will be that Marcus with two other locals claimed their 75 acre allotments. You will be able to imagine what their lives might have been like as they lived in a small cabin clearing bush from the steep hills.

There are 2 huts one for dining and a 2 room accommodation hut with bunks for 10 people.

The hot shower, Eco toilet and BBQ with gas burners and rotisserie will be the only modern items that will remind you that you haven’t travelled back in time. The area is also home to a large wood pigeon (kereru) population who will happily sit and watch you from the pear tree, and occasionally get a bit tipsy when the fruit is in season.

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