Greenfields Equestrian   Livery, Grazing, Lessons

"The Milk Shed" Farm Stay coming soon...



"The Herringbone Cottage" A unique farm stay self contained cottage in a herringbone milking shed renovation - construction completed December 2015...
79 Johnsons Road, Whitemans Valley

The Herringbone Cottage 

Come and enjoy our 13 acre equestrian lifestyle block.

This year (2015) we have totally renovated the old herring bone milking shed into a 2 bedroom fully self contained farmstay.

The Herringbone Cottage is packed with all the mod cons you'd expect in an architecturally designed facility, while still respecting its former dairy production role.  

We can no longer provide you a cow to milk each day but the Herringbone Cottage is an ideal sanctuary for memorable honeymoons, romantic weekends or as a place to relax and have a break in the peace and tranquility of Whitemans Valley, while still being within 30 minutes of the Capital - Wellington city. 

 Ideal for long or short stays The Herringbone Cottage also offers an ideal stop-over for "Horse of the Year " attendees. We are a fully equipped equestrian property with flat horse safe land, stables, white post and rail fencing and plenty of room for secure truck and float parking.

The Herringbone Cottage provides a well equipped kitchen, new modern appliances and benefits from double glazing and a log burner fireplace. In the warmer months you can make use of your own private picnic area, walk or cycle the many tracks in the area or take a short walk down the road to the ShortStraw Cafe.

Relax and unwind looking out over lush green pastures and hills from the huge windows of the open plan lounge/dining area . Cosy up next to the fire on a winters night and chill out.  Enjoy the quiet country life with all the charm it offers, yet just a short drive to Silverstream Village (including Silverstream train station), 35 minutes to the Ferry Terminal or 40 minutes to the Wellington CBD. 

As you will see the cottage is an integral part of Greenfields Equestrian, a working riding school, so sit back and see what goes on; or if you are into horses this is the perfect place for you and your horse with these services also on offer:

Full livery agistment, grazing and stabling (must be booked in advance - no stallion facilities)

Off street secure parking for floats/horse trucks

Use of the commercially built 40 X 20 metre floodlit arena. (Must be booked in advance.)

Loose boxes, yards and paddocks.


Contact details :

Phone number +64 4 529 7212

Email address [email protected]


 Onsite Attractions:

Horse rides -  pony rides on Honey our safe school pony for the young riders.

Bikes : We have 2 bikes with safety helmets for your complimentary use during your stay to explore the valley.

Boardgames: a range of games are on-hand for you with those quiet times

Reading material: a range of novels  and magazines are also provided for you to enjoy during your stay.

DVD's: we have a small selection of DVDs for your use while at the cottage.


Service level:

Fully furnished with: Queen-size bed in upper level double bedroom, single bunks and/or single beds with additional trundle bed underneath if required in smaller bedroom; sofa; dining table and fully equipped kitchen with everything you need to be self sufficient, including a fridge and freezer, gas hob, electric oven and microwave; TV and entertainment system; separate bathroom with shower, toilet and basin.

Linen: supplied and included with rental.

Cleaning: Visitors to clean-up and leave the property as found. Cleaning charge applies.

Extras: Clothes washing machine, Freeview TV, Landline telephone and internet - note coverage is patchy



Booking by email: [email protected]

Cost : From  $195NZD per night off peak to $350NZD Peak

Multi day discount : Three nights plus = 10% discount for off-peak.

High Season: December to March discount begins at 10 nights plus

 Children - Welcome, must be supervised at all times.

Pets by arrangement:  Well behaved, quiet dogs may be welcome. Must be discussed in advance. No dogs to be left in cars.

Minimum stay: Two nights minimum preferred; single night extra booking fee applies 

Other regional attractions:

Walks / Cycle rides - A wide range to test your abilities (

Including the famous challenging Rimutaka Incline Trail  and Belmont Regional Park.

Akatatarewa Farm- Staglands

Blueberry farm


In House Catering options

Continental provisions must be booked in advance; will include cereals, fruits, tea, coffee, free range eggs and artisan bread. ($10/day per person)

Picnic Hampers  will include local wine, artisan cheeses , crackers, spreads, home made muffins and bacon and egg pie. Range of options priced from $45, please ask when booking

English Breakfast option Self cook:  continental provisions plus sausages, bacon, hash browns, tomatos (in season), black pudding ($25/day per person)

Frozen homemade dinners : can be stocked in your freezer prior to your arrival, must be booked in advance. Range includes: pasta dishes, chicken dishes, chicken pies and vegetarian dishes.


Outside Catering options

The Short Straw Café : 500 metres walk down the road from Greenfields. New Zealand's first café built with straw bales.  The cafe is a popular retreat for locals and visitors from all over the region. The staff offer great service, a range of drinks including great coffee, wine and spirits; meals and delicious cakes. Our favourite local and it will be yours too


Open Tuesday to  Sundays Late night Fridays.


The Fig Tree :  15 minutes drive away. A lovely café set up in an old church.

Open seven days a week.


Stonestead : 12 minute drive away. Great Devonshire teas

A great venue for Devonshire teas after a day sightseeing.


Groceries can be purchased from New World Supermarket in Silverstream : 10 minute drive. Open 7 days 7am-10pm (Except Public Holidays)


Other dining options in Silverstream 10 minutes drive away:

Silverstream Chinese - menu available

Burger Wisconson - menu available

Local Roast

Bansuri Indian - menu available

Fish and Chips at the Sunken Chips on Ferguson Drive



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