Location

Location

mountain biking paradise in the Marlborough Sounds

mountain biking paradise in the Marlborough Sounds

SMITHS FARM HOLIDAY PARK is located in the small rural community of LINKWATER between the Queen Charlotte and greater Pelorus Sounds. The area’s predominant land use is dairy farming, the land having an ideal mix of good soil, rain and sun. Although at sea level, the 700 and 900m high peaks either side of the farm create spectacular scenery and awesome sunsets.

History

Marlborough Sounds Sunset view from Smiths farm

Marlborough Sounds Sunset view from Smiths farm

The advent of European settlement has seen marked changes to the landscape. The land once covered by massive stands of native Kahikitea (white pine) now includes a mix of lowland farm, plantation forests and regenerating or original bush. The Kahikitea was felled and milled locally, many of the trees ending up in Europe as butter boxes. A large, but relatively short lived gold rush also featured in the formation of the valley’s history. The timber milling quickly gave way to dairy farming and this is still the main land use although plantation forestry is increasing in economic importance.

SMITHS FARM is a 70 hectare farm which contains flat farmland, a pine plantation and regenerating native bush on the slopes of Mount Oliver.

The Hosts

Hosts, Chris and Barbara Faulls, as owners and managers of the park have developed part of Barbara’s family farm as a lifestyle business.