Just 30 minutes by jet boat downstream from Taumarunui, is Lauren's Lavender Farm & Cafe. This little pocket of Provence softly vibrates with the hum of honeybees, as lavender fields heavy with scent rise above the Whanganui River to greet visitors.
After a gentle, short climb from the River up a newly rebuilt stairway, we’re greeted by the unmistakable scent wafting from Lauren's Lavender Farm. Lavender’s wonderful properties are here on display. Owner Lorraine Gawith harvests the herb for its precious oil, to create her own delicately scented candles, soaps and skincare.
The time here is yours. Indulge in coffee and cake, or grab a freshly prepared picnic lunch, then meander through lavender fields, taking in the lush native bush clustered along the Whanganui River’s banks.
Or simply sit and close your eyes, as you open your ears to birdsong. Keep a little of that peace with you as we re-board our trusty jet boat and return to Cherry Grove, Taumarunui. Revel in the return journey, feeling deeply refreshed