Today, there is still a cattle ranch in Southen end of Taveuni and small butcher shop. You can order meat from them and have it delivered to you the next day. I'm not a meat eater, but I hear the steaks are excellent.
A few people still use horses for transportation on the island, and there is small ranch which offers rides up the lushly vegetated cinder cones to an elevation of one thousand feet. Bale - pronouced "bah-lay" - is the ranch owner. He offers rides at very reasonable rates. Ask him about his younger days playing on the Taveuni rugby team - he's got some great stories about Fiji's favorite sport.
The route we took was from the ranch on the "main road" (don't expect paving in this part of the island) West, then onto to trails along small farms of yaqona (pronounced "yangona"), from which the drink kava is made, and up to an ancient cinder cone now covered with ferns and trees. The views along the way of the lush vegetation covering the volcanoes are stunning. In case you are wondering, the last known eruption on Taveuni, was about 500 years ago.
The crater, or cinder cone we rode to was filled with taro plants, which is a staple food throughout the Pacific region.
At the top, nearly midway between the East and West coasts, we could see the whole of the South end of the island. The volcanic peaks to the North, vast copra plantations on either side of us, and the beautiful bright hues of Cakaulaleka reef.
In the distance to the Southeast, some of Fiji's 57 Lau Islands were visible. These small coral islands, reachable only by cargo boats which sail sporadically from Suva, looked mysterious and inviting.
On the way back, we took a break and Bale climbed a coconut tree and dropped a few green ones to the ground. Coconut in one hand and machette in the other, he deftley opened them with a few strokes and we were treated to a refreshing drink.
The rides are 2 to 3 hours long, so if you have a free morning, why not take a ride - no experience necessary - and enjoy the sights of South Taveuni? You'll also enjoy the taxi ride from Taveuni estates which winds along high cliffs on a well maintained road (the bus service uses this route). The vegetation is rain forest most of the way and the views of crystal clear ocean and other islands is quite memorable.