Summerhill Farm is owned by a private charitable trust established by David & Cloie Blackley in 2014 for the purpose of recreation and education in the Papamoa Hills. This land (126ha) has been unconditionally gifted to the trust and all farm proceeds and donations are used by the trust to maintain and develop the land for all to enjoy.
Summerhill Farm is the home of the Summerhill A1 Academy, a local leadership programme for youth.
The property was developed in the 1950’s with the advent of aerial topdressing which enabled cobalt to be broadcast on these deficient soils to cure bush-sickness in livestock.
In 1959, David & Cloie Blackley came from a remote farm in Wairoa, looking to purchase a property they could develop close to a growing town. The views won them over and they purchased an initial 100 ha, later adding on 2 adjoining farms. They raised their 4 daughters on the farm and developed the land into what you see today. The property runs approx. 1000 sheep & 150 cattle on rolling hill country and forestry on the steeper country. Native bush and riparian areas are predominantly retired and a variety of timber species have been established to diversify the forest estate.
The combination of views, forests and open pastureland has created a beautiful and diverse farm environment, which has attracted many visitors since the gates were opened to the public in 2004. There are extensive mountain bike trails through the forests on both sides of Reid Road and good walking access across pastureland to the neighbouring Papamoa Hills Regional Park.
We invite you to explore, enjoy and experience the significance of the Papamoa Hills and be inspired by Summerhill.
Summerhill Charitable Trust