AROUND KAI IWI ESTATE
Kai Iwi Estate is part of a fully functioning cattle property which produces cattle for the local market. We have listed some of the activities you can do here and around the district when you stay with us.
The local area offers a range of pursuits ranging from fossicking to fishing, hiking to history hunting.
Within a short drive you can fossick in some of the world’s richest gemfields for sapphires, emeralds, topaz, other gems and minerals. Stroll through Glen Innes’s CBD with its charming colonial streetscape, hanging basket-adorned shopfronts and more than 30 Heritage listed buildings. To see them take the Heritage Buildings Walk or one of the fascinating Tourist Drives.
Throughout the year the local region hosts a range of festivals and events, one of the major events is the Celtic Festival which celebrates the rich celtic history of our region and is held at the Standing Stones (open all year), official national monument to Australia’s Celtic pioneers.
Kai Iwi Estate is a perfect destination for budding astronomers.
Dark, remote and open space close by the cabin or further afield in the paddocks are ideal for you to see the night sky in all its star-speckled, awe-inspiring glory.
Be amazed by the clear skies and unfiltered views of the Milky Way, miles from the light pollution of the city. Bring your camera and set up your tripod for some star trails!
The clear night canopy above the New England is also ideal for naked-eye stargazing – we even have a fire-pit to sit around, guitar is optional.
Enjoy a leisurely walk and take in the peaceful rural setting, spectacular views and crisp, clean, mountain air.
Take a walk with the dogs through the paddocks and check in on the friendly cattle and horses or observe the native wildlife.
If you are more adventurous - take a hike through our many local National Parks. There are a variety of hikes to suit all fitness levels and you can truely appreciate the variety of our native bushlands.
Sit out on the veranda, watch the grazing cattle and the bush tele (the fire-pit), curl up with a book, listen to some tunes and just relax. The garden and veranda is a perfect spot to soak up the views while enjoying a quiet wine or two!
The cabin is also equipped with a range of board games, magazines, books and a selection of music.
WILD LIFE WATCHING
Wild birdlife including lorikeets, parrots, rosellas, frogmouth owls, magpies are regular visitors around the Kai Iwi Estate. If you have a keen eye you will likely spot many other bird varieties and lots of other wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, deer, echidna, and even tiny micro bats.
Located right off the New England Highway, there is easy access to Armidale, Inverell and Glen Innes. As well as World Heritage national parks of Gibraltar Range and Washpool and a diverse network of other parks and nature reserves.
Don’t miss the picturesque rural villages of Deepwater, Torrington and Emmaville – visit the Emmaville Mining Museum where exhibits capture the past of this once bustling tin mining area.
The local visitor information centre has lots more information about activities and things to see in our area