For a luxurious farm stay and spa day, do the 18-km (11-mile) drive from Palmerston North to this 1,100-acre working sheep-and-dairy farm, hosted by the family that has farmed this land for five generations. Photos and artifacts relate their history. The homestead looks across lawns and gardens, beyond farm paddocks to the forest-covered Ruahine Ranges. Relax by roaring stone fireplaces or in the private garden with hot tub and fireplace; have breakfast delivered to your room; or indulge in a massage at the beauty and day spa. A delightful dinner with fresh local produce and New Zealand wine can be pre-arranged. The two suites have under-floor heating and high-quality linens. One has a whirlpool bath and one a double shower. Packages with beauty treatments are available.