Highland Station

Buildings | Farm | Forest | Lakes | Land
A plethora of beautiful filming locations from native bush to rolling green paddocks and beautiful vistas out towards Tarawera and the ocean.
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Farm with multiple locations

Highlands Station is a 1240 ha hill country sheep and cattle farm situated 15 km south of Rotorua in the catchments of Lake Rotokakahi and Lake Tarawera. The property is a mix of easy, medium, and steeper hill country, streams, native bush, pine forest with views out to Mt Tarawera, Rotorua Lakes and beyond.

It has been developed and farmed by the Ford family since 1931, and is currently owned and managed by John and Catherine Ford. Within the 25o paddocks there are several sets of yards and stock handling facilities.

There has been extensive work done over the last 86 years to protect the native bush and streams on the property. Highlands Station is run to be both profitable and environmentally sustainable, and was winner of the Gordon Stephenson Trophy and National Farm Environment Award in 2015.

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Farm Managers John and Catherine Ford

location & distance

One of the great things about filming in the Bay of Plenty is the close proximity to New Zealand cities and rural townships.  Even when you are enjoying our spectacular rural filming locations you still have access to major infrastructure and amenities nearby.

Auckland CBD

243 Kilometres | 2 Hours, 58 Minutes

Tauranga CBD

17 Kilometres | 16 Minutes

Rotorua CBD

17 Kilometres | 16 Minutes

Whakatane CBD

99 Kilometres | 1 Hour, 30 Minutes

Taupo CBD

69 Kilometres | 53 Minutes