Self-contained Lake Tekapo Farm Accommodation

High Country Merino Farm, extremely close to Lake Tekapo. A place to come to see a piece of rural paradise.

Sawdon Station is a unique high country sheep station situated in the Mackenzie country, Lake Tekapo. With three farm holiday houses which cater for large or small groups, with farm tours offered as you stay. Make your holiday at Sawdon Station as active or as quiet as you like.

Sawdon Station’s accommodation makes a perfect base for walking, mountain biking, fishing, boating, or just relaxing in summer and is in an ideal location in winter for skiing at Roundhill, Mt Dobson or Ohau ski areas all within easy traveling distance from all three houses.

Mt Cook, and the surrounding Mackenzie Lakes are all day trips which we would highly recommend all seasons. Bring the camera.

Sawdon Station is situated on the main highway between Burkes Pass and Lake Tekapo. First settled as a high country farming property in 1895 – named after a small town in England.

The first of my family to farm Sawdon, was my great-grandfather Walter Don, who took up the lease in 1924. Each generation takes our turn as managers and guardians of the “unique piece of dirt” which we all call home.

In 1857 Merino sheep were introduced to Sawdon, and are still farmed. Many-many years of genetic breeding, for a sheep which can with stand harsh winters, and hot dry summers.

Snow blanketed across hills around South Canterbury and North Otago with farmers like Loxton Family at Sawdon Station preparing for a chilly day out in the paddocks. 

Accommodation Options

We have three farm accommodation options to choose from – our humble, original Shearer’s Quarters, our sweet and cosy Allanvilla cottage, or the beautiful Sawdon Homestead.

Our Location

Sawdon Station is situated just 7km from the Stunning Lake Tekapo and 35km from Fairlie. Our houses make a great base for busy, adventurous holidays or the perfect place to relax beside the fire and watch the snow fall outside.

About Us

A unique High Country Merino Station set in the stunning splendour of New Zealand’s Southern Alps with Lake Tekapo, Mt Dobson and Roundhill ski areas on its doorstep.