Your hosts are Graham and Vicki.    The Patterson family have farmed Mt Nimrod since 1957.

Mt Nimrod currently runs Perendale x Texel sheep, Angus and Hereford cattle, and red deer.  It is an 1830ha/4522 acre small hill country run situated on the Hunters Hills, which run parallel to the coast and are a dramatic landscape feature in South Canterbury.  Mt Nimrod is the prominent peak of the Northern end of the Hunters Hills  and rises to 1525 metres/5019 feet high.  We farm Mt Nimrod extensively and in a sustainable manner, which is in balance with the natural environment of the property.

We appreciate how lucky we are to call Mt Nimrod home and to live, work and play in this slice of Kiwi paradise.  It is a privilege to share this part of New Zealand with you.

Vicki and Graham want you to have a special and unforgettable experience, so they will work with you to establish key details such as your arrival time (so the hot tub can be warm).

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Shifting heifers
Shifting heifers
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Mt Nimrod tussock country
Mt Nimrod tussock country
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Mt Nimrod trophy stags
Mt Nimrod trophy stags
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Mt Nimrod lamb
Mt Nimrod lamb
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Mt Nimrod farm dogs
Mt Nimrod farm dogs
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The Farm

Mt Nimrod is the dominant peak on the northern end of the Hunter's Hills. 

Mt Nimrod is a working 1830ha mixed farm running Perendale x Texel sheep, Angus and Hereford cattle and red deer.

It is a small hill country run which was established as a farm in its own right in 1893.


Farm. Environment & Conservation

 Mother Nature controls life in the high country.  We farmers are only caretakers of the land.  Generations of families have lived,

worked and played on the land, just as we are.  To us, it is more than just a place to live - it becomes part of who we are .. it is our turangawaewae. 

At Mt Nimrod farming sustainably, looking after the environment in which we live, and conservation are intrinsically entwined.   We decided to diversify into eco-tourism so we can share what we do with guests. The Mt Nimrod Pods fit well with our ethos.  They are hand crafted, self contained units that have a small footprint on the land and the environment.

In South Canterbury Wallabies were released in the late 1800's by the Acclimatization Society and are now a pest due to their numbers and the effect on the natural environment.  Another New Zealand pest is the possum who eat the native bush, insects, lizards, frogs, and the eggs of nesting native birds. 

An example of how the farm, environment and conservation co-relate is that on Mt Nimrod there is an on-going trapping and pest control programme for the benefit of the farm, the environment and conservation.  Every effort is made to protect the beauty and delicate balance of the property's wild surroundings.


The farm is run in a balanced sustainable manner. 

In this hill country climate you have to respect the environment.  If one aspect is allowed to overtake the others it is to the detriment of all.

Everything is reused or recycled .. including the water.   All water to the farm and local district water scheme originates from Mt Nimrod's healthy annual rainfall and snow-melt.  The drinking water to the Pod is drawn directly the local scheme and is 100% pristine, New Zealand water. The grey water from the Pods are filtered through the BioLoo compostable/grey water system which utilises the air and heat on the BioLoo plastic to evaporate any fluid.  All farm rubbish and waste is recycled, reclaimed or reused in another way.

The Nimrod Reserve​​

The Nimrod Reserve is right next to the property and is a site of significance for native bush and bird life. 

You are welcome to walk in the Nimrod Reserve, listening to birdsong or hike the loop walking track (+- 3 hours).

The Nimrod loop track  is a steep track but it will give you good views of the local farmland. 

Part way up is a detour to a river waterfall that cascades through a hole in the rock. 

You need to wear good covered walking shoes and a full water bottle for this hike.

If you are fit and want more adventure, you might tramp the well marked easement, following the original historic bridle path "Ramsey's Track". 

This track was formed as a stock access way in the 1860's to reach the back country behind Mt Nimrod. 

Today it is a walking easement that links the Nimrod Reserve, over private working farmland, to the Conservation Area and Mt Nimrod/Kaumira Peak.  On a good day you will enjoy the panoramic views of South Canterbury, the Southern Alps and Aoraki/Mt Cook. 

If you are considering doing this tramp you need to be fit and well prepared for a day tramp.  Always check the local forecast.

This is an alpine environment and the weather can change quickly.  

Alternatively, simple relax in your hot tub, read a book, enjoy your favourite beverage and soak in the view!  You are likely to see Karearea /NZ Falcon,  Kereru/NZ Wood Pigeon, Pīwakawaka/Fantail, and hear Korimako/Bellbird and other native bird-life.

The Night Sky

Because there is no light pollution, another of Mt Nimrod's most breath taking attractions is stargazing.  

The mighty Milky Way can be seen throughout the year as a wide, intense band of stars-across the night sky, with another notable constellation,

The Southern Cross, made up of five bright stars with 'The Pointers' indicating towards them.

One of the best star gazing sites on Earth is in Aoraki/Mount Cook MacKenzie region, which has been recognised as an International Dark Sky Reserve, the largest reserve of this type worldwide.   Mt Nimrod also affords really spectacular views on clear nights.

Thank you for showing us your property.  I was most impressed with the way you have looked after the land.  But it was especially pleasing to see the grasslands, the stands of broad-leaf and other native trees. The property remains in the excellent state you have it.   


Forest and Bird

I greatly appreciated our tour of Mt Nimrod and was deeply impressed by your love and commitment to the land.  Thank you again on behalf of FMC for your generosity and courtesy in showing us your fine station.


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