Welcome to our home

We’re Steve and Jenny Deans, your hosts at Peel Forest Farmstay.

Steve grew up here in the farmhouse, the son of noted landscape painter Austen Deans. Jenny and Steve have lived in the area together for 35 years, raising their family and farming our small block that is adjacent to the forest.

In our home we host all kinds of visitors, from backpackers exploring the rugged landscapes to seniors wanting a quiet getaway. Our rooms cater for all budgets, and we like to make all visitors feel that they very much have a home away from home.


Our Rooms

The Bellbird Room

Our accommodation inside the house is on the top floor, with wonderful views out to native bush and the prominent peak of Little Mount Peel. Upstairs you’ll find a single and double room, as well as a large balcony that is also furnished with beds for a unique outside sleeping experience if the weather suits! We also have a seven-berth bunk room with its own separate bathroom across from the house, ideal for backpackers, small groups or clubs.


Experience life on the farm

We’re also a working sheep and cattle farm, so during your visit you’ll have a chance to experience rural life. As keen horse-lovers, we can also offer you a ride if you’re after some time in the saddle and are experienced and confident. Our farm is also home to a run full of chickens, ensuring you’ll have only the freshest eggs for breakfast too!


Discover Peel Forest

Acland Falls, Peel Forest

Just a couple of hours from Christchurch lies the tranquil village of Peel Forest and its wonderful native bush. It’s a place to get away from it all and where you can wake up to the stillness of the forest and the sound of birdsong.

Bounded by the Rangitata River to the East and the Little Mount Peel to the West, Peel Forest is a remnant of a what once was a huge swathe of podocarp forest on the foothills of the Southern Alps. The 773 hectare scenic reserve park is a home to a multitude of fauna and flora. Native birds such a kereru, bellbirds, tomtits, robins, rifleman and warblers can be seen in the forest, and sometimes you may even spot the odd karearea (native falcon) above the bushline. Majestic and ancient kahikatea, totara and matai dominate the bush, but you can also find a wealth of ferns, tree fuchsia and other broadleaf shrubs under the canopy.