If you're doing the Central Otago Rail Trail, Peters Farm Hostel is a wonderful place to stay just outside Ranfurly. Peter's place is one of the last remaining old homesteads in the area and will give you a touch of the region's history as well as a comfortable place to stay. It's worth staying more than one night here too if you can afford the extra time, as they have complimentary kayaks, fishing rods, and gold pans you can use. Plus you might like to relax on the old property grounds or do some hiking or local touring.
Ranfurly could be your first or last night on the trail depending on which way you're doing the rail trail. Peters place is actually about two kilometers out of town, so you will definitely need to have rung or booked ahead before you head out there. They do provide meals some nights, so check first or bring your own food. The area immediately surrounding Peters is all farmland, so you wake up with wonderful views in the morning. It's magic sitting on the veranda and watching the dawn break.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Peters is not really big, which means there's lots of room to move about. The shared room has just four beds and they are individual, old-style beds with good, heavy doonas. The rooms are thoughtfully decorated, comfortable, and warm.
There's a great lounge, a large kitchen, plus plenty of outdoor sitting around the veranda. Peter often has some WOOFers on site that are happy to sit around and chat into the evening. It's a very sociable and friendly place.
Peter is also a photographer who produced an excellent photographic book of the Rail Trail some years ago -- it's worth getting a copy and asking him to sign it while you're here. There's a really good complimentary continental breakfast included with the room price. This is a great place to come as a group as it is also connected with another property five hundred meters away, so you can have large parties come through.
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