The land has the capacity to run eight sheep, or a couple of cows, or horses, or pigs. It could be sold with some sheep if desired
There are also a dozen or so hens and two cockerels who protect the hens from any predators while free ranging, and which provide an ongoing supply of fresh stock.
There are two hen houses with water taps; the newer one for the younger flock is within the curtilage and has a a high fenced large enclosure. Within this enclosure is a berry 'cage' with seven varieties of berry species. During winter when fruiting is over, the gate is open and hens clean it up and manure it. The cage keeps out marauding blackbirds and thrushes from eating the fruit.
There is a small stream through the centre of the pastured area, with a deep pond in the centre, largely for firefighting purposes, but enjoyed by lots of frogs and visiting ducks. This has only run dry once in 10 years.
There is a pig enclosure with house and water tap, and with trees for shelter and a damp 'wallow'. Electric fence provision keeps the pig/s contained.
The main source of water for the house comes from rain water tanks: two catching tanks - one an auxillary for stock water but which can be pumped during very dry conditions into the second catcher tank.
The latter tank is pumped automatically via mercury switching, up to a large gravity feed supply tank. So water management is easy. There is a plumbed-in water filter in the newer end kitchen, and a manual filter in the apartment. The latter one is also used to produce deionised water for the power batteries, simply by changing the cartridge.
The curtilage (area around house, with gardens and sheds) is contained by stock proof fences and gates. It is relatively flat, with parking for several vehicles.
The grassed areas on the sunny sides (north facing in the southern hemisphere!) are well planted with NZ native trees, and exotics including rhododendrons, camellias, roses, cherries, olive, grapefruit, hazel nuts, and flowering prunus trees.
There are lots of wildflowers, poppies, bluebells and daffodils in season.
A vege garden, organically managed for past 10 years, is adjacent to the main kitchen; protected from prevailing westerly winds by a high fence. Although at 2000' elevation, this sheltered area has a microclimate which will grow, out of doors, subtropicals such as tomatoes, capsicums, chillis and eggplants, if covered during frosts.
A greenhouse is in the process of renovation.
There is a large main wood storage and gardening shed, and woodboxes for the apartment and chip heater wood.
There is a separate fenced and terraced cropping garden area for potatoes or stock food outside the curtillage.
An orchard of apple, two-graft pears, apricot and nectarine trees. This area has a tap for watering.
Where the old girls live out their days, free ranging. There is a tap.
The pig enclosure has a shelter house and a wallow area. It has a permanent electric fence and a tap.
Access to the property is via two main gates - providing access from whichever direction vehicles approach along the narrow country road.
Adjacent to the front driveways is a small stock pen and race for working with or loading up livestock.
Approximately 100 trees in 3 plantations.
Mature, well producing walnut tree in paddock above drive
There is an old wooden gate from the road which gives Gator truck access to the paddocks. There are formed farm tracks to the main paddocks, the cropping area and the pond.