Wairakei Farm Settlement, Taupō , New Zealand. Starting from an area of 4,000 acres mainly covered in fern and titri, the New Zealand Land and Survey Department began the development of the Wairakei Farm Settlement. with a healthy pasture composed of cocksfoot, ryegrass and clover allowing for the grazing of 6,500 Romney sheep and 2,000 head of Black Poll and Hereford cattle.. Situated 2.5 miles from Taupō, 5.5 miles from Wairakei, Mt. Tauhara looms in the background.