The driveway leading into Ludbrook house is lined by a lovely avenue of trees and behind them an orchard.
Roger Ludbrook met us at the homestead and explained the property was a working farm, with calves, bulls and sheep. They also have a commercial kitchen from which they make and sell preserves, jellies and syrups such as figs, quince and tamarillo.
Roger then escorted us down a well-formed metal roadway for about 2km to our site for the next two nights. The motorhome/caravan site is a newly formed hard stand suitable for up to five vans.
There’s a lovely stand of eucalyptus trees on one side and the meandering Peka Peka stream on the other. No house can be seen in any direction. There is a newly established water tank.
The weather improved and we walked down to the waterfall further along Peka Peka stream accessed by a farm raceway. What a lovely spot! After a peaceful sleep, day two arrived. Breakfast was toast and fig conserve from Ludbrook House.
Very tasty. After a couple of hours reading, and waiting for the day to warm up, we walked to an old Maori pa site on the property – about one hour return. The tourism side of this property is a new venture and we look forward to seeing it develop.