Everything you need to know about your stay at Lansdowne Farm and how to find it.


A place for family and friends is what we built in 2011. Now we offer the beauty of our rural retreat with its generosity of space and time, committing to just one guest group at a time. Lansdowne Farm is the ideal location for family gatherings, travelling groups of friends, reunions, retreats, engagements, weddings and birthdays. Talk to us about how we can help create an unforgettable stay for your next get-together and create some magical memories.



Sustainable means producing more than consuming. Which we do. This place will be enjoyed for many more future generations. Water and most of our heat is by solar and wood. Waste is recycled or disposed without harm. Lansdowne Farm produces much more than it consumes.


A bit of history of Lansdowne Farm. Surveyed after WWII, Lansdowne was farmed by returning New Zealand soldier Charles C. Upham, VC + Bar. After astonishing acts of bravery, this humble farmer divided paddocks, cleared brush, built tracks and made Lansdowne Farm famous, mostly by being himself.

Charles and his wife Molly had three daughters and lived on their farm until January 1994, when Charles’s poor health forced them to retire to Christchurch. Charles died on 22 November that year. 5,000 people lined the streets of central Christchurch and filled the city’s cathedral for his funeral, conducted with full military honours.

Lansdowne's farmers aspire to Charles' high standards by caring for, appreciating and sharing this special place in New Zealand and on the planet. And raising contented cattle and sheep, just like he did.


Pacific pastures

Raising healthy, stress-free cattle is Lansdowne Farm's primary business. Lansdowne Beef® derives from small family Angus-cross cattle herds, grass-fed naturally, sustainably and ethically - the principal business. Visit our PASTORAL FARMING page for more information.





  • Car: From Christchurch - 2 hours 15min    Car: From Picton - 3 hours
  • Train: Rail Trans Scenic to Kaikoura and we will meet you there
  • Bus to Cheviot or Kaikoura and we will meet you there
  • Helicopter from Christchurch, Wellington or Kaikoura