About

 
 

It all started when...

Graham parked his 48 foot converted fishing trawler next to Gillian's 46 foot ocean going yacht. With the boats combined length of 96 feet and weight of 56 tonnes the possibility of tying the boats up together was zero. Another way of living together and keeping at least one of the boats needed to be found.

The solution is Miners Camp. Our beautiful 16 acre farm set in  Endeavour Inlet, Queen Charlotte Sound that is right on the magnificent Queen Charlotte Track.

 
 
View from Miners Camp homestay to Miners Wharf

View from Miners Camp homestay to Miners Wharf

About

Set in a beautiful family grown fruit garden, Miners Camp is surrounded by big green hedges that provide shelter. Tent sites are nestled amongst 16 species of fruit and nut trees.

About 4.5 hours walk from Ship Cove and right on the Queen Charlotte Track. There's a local Bar 20 mins walk. 

You will see our big green hedges as you cross the swing bridge. The entrance is through the hedge, through the tree lined drive and up to the house. We are a working farm, so if you cannot see us when you get to the house, ring our ships bell. We stay close when we know guests are due.

Your friendly hosts provide;

  • Cooking shelter and wash up facilities with solar heated water

  • Toilet and hand basin

  • Spring water on tap

  • Pack pick-up from Miners Wharf

  • Solar camp showers

  • Fresh farm eggs for sale

  • Seasonal fruit and vege for sale.

  • Water taxi access at the wharf as we have no road access

  • Tent hire (please confirm when booking).

  • Caravan hire

  • Homestay, bunkroom with pool table and ensuit toilet or double bedroom.

  • Meals for homestay guests available.

    • Dinner $30 for 2 courses.

    • Breakfast $18. - continental or cooked (fresh free range eggs). Both served with coffee, toast and preserves made with fruit from our orchard.

    • Packed Lunch $15 - substantial sandwich, muffin, piece of fruit

Accommodation

Miners Camp Farmstay provides a variety of accommodation, from tent sites, cabin/huts, to a bunk room and one double room in our farm house.

Free pack transfers to your room or the campground from Miners Wharf

Free showers

2019/20 season -

  • Self catering options are available for the Cabins/Huts all year.

  • Double Room and Bunkroom can be self catering from February to 13th December 2019 and again from February 2020

  • Double Room and Bunk Room are dinner, bed and breakfast only from 14th December 2019 to end of January.2020.

  • Meals are available to all our guests and casual track walkers year round.

Campground

The camp ground is in our family orchard which is beautifully sheltered from all winds.

We are a very short distance from the sea so perfect for kayakers.

There is plenty of sheltered storage for kayaks and cycles.

$15 per person - includes free hot shower

$120 cabin sleeps 4

$95 cabin double bed plus 1

Both cabins - sleeping bags required.

Bedding can be provided for $10 per person.

Bunk Room

4 bunk beds, a single bed and a couch that makes a very comfortable double bed are available. There are lots of options and this is great for families.

The room has an ensuite toilet and the shower is in the house. It also contains fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, comfortable couchs and chairs, heater and a pool table.

$45 per person bedding included

$95 dinner, bed and breakfast per person

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Double Room

This room is set up for couples

$75 for the room. ($95 from October 2019)

If you require the top bunk as well there is an extra charge.

Adults $45.00, under 12yrs $25.00

Dinner bed and breakfast price depends on the number of people in the room. $30 for dinner and $18 for breakfast.

 

 

Booking

Email us with your questions and booking requests by clicking on the Book button below. We clear e-mails several times per day. This is a new webite and if the booking button isn't working please contact us directly via phone or email

2019/20 season reminder - Double Room and Bunkroom are dinner bed and breakfast only from 14th December 2019 to end of January.2020. Self catering options, or meals, available for the Cabins/Huts during this period.

E-mail:   minerscampnz@gmail.com

Phone:   03 5798186

Refund Policy

Deposits are non-refundable for December to Easter. At other times of the year refunds will be given if a months notice is given. Deposits can be transferred to another date where bookings are available within 6 months.

 

 

 
Basil and Pigalo love company

Basil and Pigalo love company

Nothing like a good trough of food after a day running round the paddock

Nothing like a good trough of food after a day running round the paddock

Wessex Saddleback Piglets

Pigelo and Basil were born on the night of the Kaikoura earthquake on Nuggety Creek Farn, Canvas Town. We call them the Nuggety Bros.  They are free range happy boys that love company and a scratch around the ears.

Chook Tractors

Chook Tractors

Dinner Time!

Dinner Time!

Chooks - our garden helpers

We have lots of chooks and therefore lots of beautiful fresh free range eggs for sale. Most of the chooks are in tractors that we move across the paddocks. We add a lot of greens each day and when they move they leave a lovely rich layer of organic matter, thoroughly fertilized. The lovely organic matter attracts worms and improves the pasture. Over winter the chooks live in the garden where they do all the winter weeding and fertilizing ready for us to replant in spring.

Our Peking Ducks Hatched From Eggs
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Antimony Mine Entrance

Antimony Mine Entrance

Antimony Mine Walk - 1 hour Return

Cross the stream and walk through regenerating native bush to view the Antimony Mine. Although not operational for quite some years, there were 3 different groups of geologists up surveying the mine last year!

Titirangi Road walk - 2 hours up

This track continues on from the Antimony mine (about 1 hour 15 mins to Titrangi road from the mine). Walk through virgin bush with stands of native trees that are many hundreds of years old. Before the top there is a beautiful lookout over Port Gore and Cape Jackson. Turn around and you can see back over Endeavour Inlet. From the lookout to the road is very steep, the lookout may be as far as you want to go.

 

Port Gore from lookout

 

 

 

 

 

Our Renovation Projects

In October 2016 we purchased Miners Camp. Our 16 acre farm with an orchard. The house was a 1970's 2 bedroom bungalow with a more modern games room off the deck. The games room is now our bunk room, a favorite with family groups doing the queen Charlotte Track. The camp is in the orchard and now has a hot shower and washing up facilities all in among the trees. We have stocked the farm and put in an extensive garden, both providing a wide variety of amazing food that we serve to our guests.

2018 Winter Renovations

What a mission! 15 tonnes of timber and concrete were hand unloaded from the boat and carted onsite trailer load by trailer load. Pre bedtime routine included peppermint tea, magnesium supplements and panadol. But we did it! My son suggested the use of a helicopter after one particularly tough day and it was not a bad idea. Maybe next time. The cabins, store and new building for the shower were erected first then we got going onto the deck. Unfortunately our builder ended up unable to do it. A good friend came over and helped us with the profiles (Levels) and taught us how to go about building the deck. 6 weeks later and with the help of several campers who we bribed with food, wine and free accommodation, we finished it….. 3 hours before our first guests arrived for the Christmas busy period! The deck has been such an asset and acts like an extra room for our house guests. We have now fed many many guests dinner and breakfast out on the deck while the admire the view of the inlet.

You can see our renovations in the Renovations Gallery.

We still have the new shower to finish and some of this delay relates to the new drainage system that we need to install.

The shop we hope to have going ready for the cyclists when they start on 1st March. Our food license allows us to sell coffee, cakes and other food that we prepare up at the main kitchen as well as camping supplies.

2019 Projects

We have a new bridge! It was the old ramp joining the main wharf and the floating jetty at Furneaux Lodge. They were replacing the old one with a new wider alloy walkway which is really brilliant. Graham is a bit of a magpie and spotted them removing it and they were going to throw away. The new owners said we could have it and it is still very strong, so, we got them to put it into the water, towed it to Miners Wharf, dragged it up the boat ramp and then used the tractor to get it up to the camp. Our excavator lifted it into place over the little stream behind the campground and we had our new bridge. It looks perfect. The campground is still fenced from the stream, but once through the gate and over the bridge you are in a really pretty little area that we will use to extend the campground facilities.

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The Deck

This will be extended into a wonderful dining area with a fabulous view of Endeavour Inlet

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Cabins

2 cabins, one sleeps 4 in 2 bunk beds and the other has a double single bunk.

Camp Store

A camp store for all those bits you may have forgotten. Coffee and fresh farm baking will be available to track walkers and our guests.