It was a unique idea to combine an electric vehicle roadshow, a blues concert and anniversary celebrations for an organic sheep and beef farm all into one fun day out on the farm.
From Humble Beginnings...
In 2019, Mangapiri Downs Organic Stud Farm near Otautau hosted an all-day festival bringing together a concert from folk and blues artists Paul Ubana Jones and Southland’s own Lachie Hayes.
Inspired by the event and the good feedback received, we are now trying to make the festival an annual event.
We're Still Humble
Revitalize is a summer festival where your whole family can come and relax for three days of body fine-tuning, fine music and fine company.
What makes us different is that our festival is created in true Southlander's style. This is not a massive rock concert. Here at Revitalize you can actually walk up and speak to the performers - just wait until they are finished on stage of course.
We embrace our three aspects; music, wellbeing, sustainable living - all at a slower regenerative pace. It's a welcome sojourn to the hectic pace of Christmas and New Years Eve.
What to Expect
Bring your tent or camper and stay on farm if you want to. We have food trucks, toilets, electricity, eftpos, undercover areas, water supply, bbq and tea making facilities. Alternatively, stay locally.
Some of our performers give workshops to support and enhance the skills of amateur performers. These change from year to year as availability of host and popularity indicate. In the past we have had guitar tuning, writing lyrics, and creating a guitar riff.
As well as workshops, we've also run grounding classes, group yoga and farm walks. Stand on bare feet on our land, sit under the unpolluted night sky, meet a friendly calf or watch the sheep sway to the music.
Our healers operate in a rustic setting - this is not a 5-star luxury spa. But with a bit of privacy you can book a one-on-one Reiki, osteo or massage session. Check out the Featuring page to see what is available each year.
Mangapiri Downs OrganicStud Farm®
Mangapiri Downs Organicstud Farm® is a pioneering organic stud sheep, cattle and forestry farm. We’ve been farming organically here in Blackmount, Western Southland, New Zealand since the mid-1980’s, and have been certified BioGro Organic since 1989.Find out more →
As an organic farm, we embraced sabbatical fallowing, enabling our livestock to have stacks of natural grass every year. With a 7-year cycle, we are nearing the end of our 4th cycle, and have absolutely no plans to go back to conventional farming.
We stock unique livestock breeds, some of which were organically developed here on the farm. We have our registered trademarked Tufty cattle and Shire Hair sheep. Plus we also have Highland cattle and Wiltshire sheep.
We run our entire 469 hectare (1,158 acre) farm with electric vehicles. We can demonstrate why EVs are an obvious and practical choice for farmers all over NZ.
At Revitalize, we don't ram these non-traditional techniques down your throats. But we do run popular workshops and farm walks for those who are interested on the Saturday and Sunday mornings.