Tourism is a growth industry with projected increases of tourist numbers from all of our visiting nations.
FARM STAYS/HOME STAY
AirBnB was full in high season. The first year's income was $35,000. 73% of occupants gave a 5 star rating. Our appeals are being close to the CBD, the stunning mountain views; and a common theme (paraphrased from reviews online) of our point of difference activity ... crayfish ponds, ducks, hens, quail ... tame pigs and goats.
Onsite parking developed, landscaped. Toilets.
Onsite parking has been used by a freedom camper group, conditional on taking a farm tour.
We are an alternate venue when our town’s main tour activity, Whale Watching, is cancelled by weather.
Farm tours brochures are with
- Kaikoura ISite
- accommodation providers throughout Kaikoura.
- Whale Watch
Our tour price is $20 per person with a minimum of two.
We have been offering 45 minutes tours that commence on the hour.
We have a farm tour visitor centre, which is a gathering place for farm tours. We have made it attractive, informative, and it is an outlet to sell art/trinkets. It has the potential to expand.
We have been offering farm tours, for five years. We have seen changes with the increase in tourism. It is ... what is ordinary to a New Zealander, can be extraordinary to overseas visitors that live in city apartments. Ducks on ponds that eat our floating weeds, and tame pigs and goats that keep our grass tidy. Our hens and quail. Plus our invading-but-protected native ducks: teals and shovelers ... are admired by families with children … those wanting to do affordable things … with special needs … Chinese photographing the extraordinary ... crayfish, ducks and ... hence it makes sense to develop viewing of tame eels in the creek.
There is a common theme ... infotainment.
We now live with a clean, faster flowing stream - and massive tourist numbers. These are new criteria ... new opportunities.
If competitors started up they would have to learn by their mistakes. They would not have either our location - or our consents for surface water.
Ponds, like trees, undergo photosynthesis and are therefore carbon neutral. Ponds naturally acquire denitrifying bacteria. Therefore, a pond discharging water into the creek, discharges a lesser trace of ammonia than is in the creek. Therefore we are a de-polluting industry.
There may be, in time, user-pay levies on activities that make an environmental impact, and incentives for those that don't.
But for now, tourists like our non-polluting activity. They support us by commenting on their experiences online.