30 Leisure Farms in Taiwan Worth Visiting (Part 1)

Leisure or recreation farms in Taiwan are popular with both locals and overseas visitors alike. In fact, there are some 200 leisures across Taiwan (source: Why leisure farms in Taiwan are now the hot destinations). Usually a fully-functional farm, such leisure farms provide on-site activities and often lodgings for urbanites to get close to agriculture and nature.

Here is a list of 30 popular recreation farms in Taiwan to help in the planning of your next trip. They are group based on their location and listed in no particular order.

Note that the months indicated for fruit picking is indicative and obtained from the farm’s web-site. As these fruits are seasonal, it is best to call before visiting to avoid disappointment.

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Hsinchu County (新竹县)

1. Sheipa Leisure Farm (雪霸休闲农场)

Located near Sheipa National Park and at an altitude of 1,923m, Sheipa Leisure Farm offers views of Sheipa Mountains rising above the clouds.

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Image courtesy of 雪霸休闲农场 Facebook page

The leisure farm offers accommodation of various room types for 2, 4 or 6 persons. Different DIY activities are offered for each season, at NT$150 to NT$400 per activity. Past activities offered include wood picture frame and drawstring bag making, mosquito repellent and fruit vinegar making. Tours are also conducted by their professional guides to explore the hidden beauties of the surrounding forests.

Waking up to a gorgeous sun rise among the clouds at Sheipa Leisure Farm:

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Image courtesy of 雪霸休闲农场 Facebook page

For dining option, Sheipa Leisure Farm has a Cafe, a Chinese restaurant and a Western restaurant, serving dishes whipped up with fruits and vegetables fresh from the farm. Seasonal fruits and agriculture produce can be purchased at the Cafe.

Nature lovers can also explore the massive Sheipa National Park. The park covers an area of 76,850 hectares with 51 peaks of over 3,000 metres high. With the National Park being mostly wild and home to rare species, most of the area is not open to the public. The estimated time taken to travel by car from the farm to the National Park’s Guanwu Recreation Area is around 20 minutes.

Address: 新竹县五峰乡桃山村民石380-1号 | No. 380, Minshih, Taoshan Village, Wufeng Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan
Tel: +886-3-5856192 / +886-3-5856193
Website: Sheipa Leisure Farm
Visit farm for: Spectacular views of Sheipa Mountains, farm grown fruits and vegetables, DIY activities, visit nearby Sheipa National Park Recreation Area

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Miaoli County (苗栗县)

2. Flying Cow Ranch (飞牛牧场)

Located in Tongxiao Township of Miaoli County, Flying Cow Ranch (飞牛牧场) is a popular leisure ranch (休闲农场) among Taiwanese and overseas tourists. The features of the ranch included on-site accommodation, food and beverage services, interaction with ranch animals and DIY activities.

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Image courtesy of 飛牛牧場 Facebook page

Address: 苗栗县35750通霄鎮南和里166号 | No.166, Nanho Village, Tongxiao Town, Miaoli Country 35750, Taiwan
Tel: +886 3 778 2999
Website: Flying Cow Ranch
Visit farm for: Ranch animals (cows, sheep, goats, ducks, rabbits), animal feeding, milk products, DIY activities, milk-based hot pot

Read more about the ranch at Our Visits to Flying Cow Ranch.




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3. Mile High Café & Leisure Farm (云也局一休闲农场)

Established in 1983, Mile High Café & Leisure Farm is located within Miaoli County’s Jiang Ma Yuan Agricultural Leisure Area (姜麻圆休闲农业区), an area famed for its ginger production and ginger-based cuisine and beverages. The farm is situated at 700m above mean sea level with a good view of surrounding mountains.

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Image courtesy of 田妈妈 云也局一休闲农场 Mile High Leisure FarmFacebook page

The leisure farm offers fruit-picking activities. Ginger can be picked all year round, while strawberry-picking is from December to March. Peach and bamboo shoots can be picked from March to May, while pear-picking is from June to August.

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Image courtesy of 田妈妈 云也局一休闲农场 Mile High Leisure Farm Facebook page

Mile High Leisure Farm offers accommodation of varying capacity from 2 pax double room to 8 pax Japanese style tatami room. Visitors who love the great outdoors can choose to sleep in a tent within their campsite.

Complete the visit by trying their signature ginger cuisine in their Café, such as 姜母鸡 (‘ginger chicken’), 姜母鸭 (‘ginger duck’), and ginger-flavoured beverage like 姜汁撞奶 (ginger milk tea).

Address: 苗栗县大湖乡栗林村薑麻圆6号 | No. 6, Jiangmayuan, Lilin Village, Dahu Township, Miaoli County 364
Tel: +886 3 795 1530
Website (in Chinese only): 云也局一休闲农场 Mile High Café Leisure Farm
Visit farm for: Fruit-picking (strawberry, peach, pear, ginger and bamboo shoots), Ginger cuisine and beverages

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4. Shan Ban Giao Leisure Farm (山板樵休闲农场)

Shan Ban Giao was originally an art studio specialising in wood craving. These days, it operates as a leisure farm on an area of 6.5 hectares where massive number of herbs grown and where visitors can paint their own masks or learn wood carving. They have a wood craft museum too, where masks and wood arts are displayed, showcasing local art and characteristics.

Accommodation comes in the form of forest wooden house which accommodates 2 person per room (pictured below) or camping on the grounds. They have minsu rooms too for 2 or 4 person per room.

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Image courtesy of 三义山板樵休闲农场 Facebook page

The farm offers half day, 1 day and 2 day packages or create-your-own package, all of which includes craft activities. Besides their signature masking painting and wood carving activities, visitors can also experience farm life, explore nature, go fire-fly watching (during season). They also organise guided tours to local attractions such as Long Teng Bridge (龙腾断桥) or Shengxing Train Station (胜兴火车站).

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Image courtesy of TripAdvisor

Shan Ban Giao serves Hakka cuisine for meals. In addition, afternoon tea set of freshly baked vanilla cookies and vanilla-flavoured tea or coffee is available at the farm.

Address: 苗栗县三义乡双连潭138号 | No. 138, Shuangtan Vil., Sanyi Township, Miaoli County, Taiwan
Tel: +886 37-875766
Website (in Chinese only) : 三义山板樵休闲农场
Visit farm for: experiencing farm life, wood craft DIY and museum, fire-fly watching, surrounding nature and local tours




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5. Zhuo Ye Cottage (卓也小屋)

Experience traditional Taiwanese farm life at Zhuo Ye Cottage where old granaries are converted into air-conditioned guest rooms, with a touch of luxury.

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Image courtesy of 卓也小屋度假区 Facebook page

Try your hands at indigo dyeing by taking up their DIY courses and create your own tote bags, t-shirts, pillowcase and many more. The dye is derived from assam and indigo plants native to the area.

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Image courtesy of 卓也小屋度假区 Facebook page

Besides getting your hands blue, visitors can walk along the meandering little paths within the cottage and soak in the atmosphere. Guests can also partake in fire-fly watching and flower viewing. There are little animals such as frogs, rabbits and koi fish within the farm, which will delight the little ones.

Zhuo Ye Cottage restaurant serves vegetarian food from farm and local grown fruits and vegetables.

Address: 苗栗县三义乡双潭村崩山下1之5号 | 367 Kueishan, T’Ai-Wan, Taiwan
Tel: +886 3 787 9198
Website (in Chinese only): Zhuo Ye Cottage 卓也小屋
Visit farm for: Indigo dying DIY activities, traditional Taiwanese style accommodation and experience

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6. Hualu Flower Leisure Farm (花露休闲农场)

For all the flower lovers out there, you have to visit Hualu Flower Leisure Farm (花露休闲农场). The 3.2 hectare farm is rich in vanilla and floral vegetation, organically grown without using chemical pesticides.

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Image courtesy of 花露休闲农场 Facebook page

Visitors get to learn about herbal plantations through participation in farming processes. DIY workshops are conducted for visitors to create their own lotions, perfumes and soaps using essential oils. There is also an on-site essential oil museum that showcases the story of essential oil in Miaoli and see the ancient kiln used to refine citronella and camphor oil in the olden days.

The gardens are open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays (close on Wednesday) and 9am to 6pm on weekends. The leisure farm’s castle-like minsu has limited rooms, so book early if you want to enjoy a night amongst the floral vegetation.

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Image courtesy of 花露休闲农场 Facebook page

In line with the theme of the farm, their restaurant serves herbal and floral recipes among others. Most of the dishes are made from freshly harvested ingredients from the farm.

Address: 苗栗县卓兰镇西坪里西坪43-3号 | No. 43-3, Xiping, Xiping Village, Zhuolan Township, Miaoli County 369
Tel: +886 4 2589 1589
Website: 花露休闲农场
Visit farm for: Flower viewing, essential oils and DIY activities




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Taichung County (台中县)

7. Wuling Farm (武陵农场)

Wuling Farm was first set up in 1963 by the Veteran Affairs Commission. Initially, its main job was to develop agriculture in the mountainous area and resettle veterans as farmers. Slowly, the farm also worked towards tourism development.

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Image courtesy of 武陵农场 Wuling Farm Facebook page

High up at an altitude of more than 2,000m, Wuling Farm enjoys cool climate throughout the year. Different season brings along different colours to enthrall visitors. Spring brings along the pink and white of peach, plum and apple blossoms. In summer time, fruits ripen on rows and rows of fruit trees. Visit during the harvesting months of July to October to experience the fun of plucking the fruits fresh from the trees. The abundant Cosmo flowers bloom during September. And as winter approaches, soak in autumn colours of Maple leaves in November and December.

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Image courtesy of 武陵农场 Wuling Farm Facebook page

The farm conducts North Valley guided bus tour (NT$150/pax) to the tea plantation trial, the Farmhouse Historical Relics’ Museum, Shei-Pa Visitor Center, and the Formosan Landlocked Salmon Ecological Center. Join the South Valley guided walking tour to visit Chiang Kai-shek Guesthouse, Eco Park (Butterfly museum), and the Tea Saloon to get souvenirs. You can also take the farm as a base to visit nearby attractions, such as Hehuan Mountain (合欢山) for star gazing and snow viewing.

For the hiking enthusiasts, there are 6 hiking trails at Wuling Farm; the longest is the Taoshan Waterfall Trail which is 4.3km per way.

Note: Officially Wuling Farm is in Taichung City. But do note a car journey from the city to the farm will require navigating the mountain roads and hence will take more than 5 hours. It is easier to set off for the farm from Yilan with a car ride taking around 2 hours.

Address: 42495台中市和平区平等里武陵路3-1号 | 424, Taiwan, Taichung City, Heping District
Tel: +886 4 2590 1259
Website: Wuling Farm
Visit farm for: Sea of blooms during the different seasons, fruit-picking (peach, pear and apple), museums, hiking trails

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8. Rollin Farm (若茵农场)

Rollin Farm is a Bed & Breakfast (B&B) and restaurant nestled in Snow Mountain Region, 1100 meters above sea level.

Watch the sea of clouds merge with the horizon as you relax on the lily pad patio and sip coffee. Be amazed by the beauty of nature during sunrise and sunset or star gaze at night.

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Image courtesy of 若茵农场 – RollinFarm Facebook page

The farm can help in the planning of activities near the farm, such as river trekking, fruit-picking, bamboo harvesting, frog & beetle observing and glowing mushrooms. There are also day trip options to Dongshi, Taichung, Guguan and the mountain.

The restaurant serves both traditional Taiwanese and international cuisine 3 meals a day.

Address: 台中市和平区中坑里雪山路1号 | No. 1 Xueshan Rd, Heping District, Taichung City, 424
Tel: +886 4 2597 1218
Website: Roll In Farm
Visit farm for: Relax among sea of clouds, bamboo forest, hiking and activities near farm.




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Nantou County (南投县):

9. Qingjing Farm (清境农场)

The Qingjing Farm is situated at altitude of 1,750 meters above the sea. Each season of the year brings about different scenes for the visiting guests, from peach blossom in Spring to maple in October. Flowering plants and trees bloom in different months of the year giving the place an attractive floral display.

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Enjoy a calming view of the mountains with cows and sheep grazing at Green Green Grassland (青青草原). Visitors are free to interact with the animals too.

Marvel at the highly skilled riders at their twice daily horse riding show at Guanshan Ranch. On weekends and holidays, sheep-shearing show by their expert shepherd from Australia is held twice a day .

Pop by their Small Swiss Garden with colourful flowers, bald-cypresses, red maples and LED artificial sunflowers of the garden. Or walk along the many trails along Qingjing Farm to take in the natural beauty of the place.

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Image courtesy of Taiwan – The Heart of Asia

Qingjing Guest House offers accommodation of varying capacity of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 pax rooms. There are also a number of nearby minsu (民宿), or properties of the locals, to spend a night or two. Even if you are not staying at the guest house, you can pop by for a DIY session to make wool sheep or the on-going street performance.

If you are planning to visit Qingjing Farm in July or August, keep a look out for their annual Windmill Festival. During the festival, event venues will be decorated with thousands of windmills in different themes of various sizes.

Address: 546南投县仁爱乡大同村仁和路170号 | No.170, Renhe Rd., Ren’ai Township, Nantou County 546, Taiwan
Tel: +886-49-2802748
Website: Qingjing Farm 清境农场
Visit farm for: Open pasture with animals grazing, sheep-shearing and horse-riding shows, gardens and trails

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10. Tai-Yi Ecological Leisure Farm (also known as Tai-Yi Red Maple Resort)(台一生态教育休闲农场)

Tai-Yi Ecological Leisure Farm has 7 themed ecological farms over 13-hectare of land. The themes are namely: The Floral Temple, Ranforest Garden, The Park of European Style, Fairy Tale Garden, Mother’s Pavilion, Feng-Yun Square and Honey Gardens.

The names of the themes were well-chosen to reflect the style to be expected in each zone. For example, in Fairy Tale Garden, you will see a re-creation of the forest and cottages Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs live. In The Floral Temple, you will see the one and only Flower God Temple in Taiwan.

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Image courtesy of Tai-Yi Red Maple Resort

The accommodations of the farm come in three styles and range: farm-stay, home-stay and resort-hotel with a total of 104 rooms.

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The farm offers fruit-picking and DIY activities such as craft work, making Taiwanese ai-yu dessert and bread-making. There are 2 restaurants and a cafe within Tai-Yi Red Maple Resort, one of which is Muslim friendly.

Address: 南投县埔里镇中山路1段176号 | No. 176, Sec. 1, Zhongshan Rd., Puli Township, Nantou County, Taiwan
Tel: +886-49-299-7848
Website: Tai-Yi Red Maple Resort
Visit farm for: Flowers and themed gardens, floral infused dishes, DIY activities

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Find out more on leisure farms in Yilan, Taitung and Changhua County in 30 Recreation Farms in Taiwan To Visit (Part 2).

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