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Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm

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Such an awesome time! Even in the rain

Everything you need for a fun time away with kids! Too many animals to mention. My girls had a... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2018
KristyB88
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This is a lovely place to take children, they will love petting the animals having pony rides and... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2018
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Waitomo Big Birds (Ostrich & Emu & Giant Moa) and Miniature animals provide an hours petting experience for animal lovers with lots of photo opportunities with animals - miniature horses, donkeys, llama & alpacas, baby-doll & dwarf sheep, goats...more
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17 Waitomo Caves Road | Rd 7, Otorohanga 3977, New Zealand
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+64 7-873 7459
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Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

I regret taking the trip to Big Bird. Our tour was soured by a donkey kick to my 6 year old's ribs. Do not take children into enclosures with poor tempered animals! The farm guide spent half the time checking in B&B guests & doing...More

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waitomobigbird, Owner at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2018

Apologies - situation was beyond my control. We can offer you a free visit in the summer when improvements and new walkway/paddock system will mean you can enjoy the animals from a path, rather than be in the paddocks. The timing was unfortunate with 3...More

Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

Everything you need for a fun time away with kids! Too many animals to mention. My girls had a blast and even got to have a pony ride. The hosts, Ann and Ross, were so lovely and accommodating, especially when I needed to cook meals...More

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Reviewed 20 February 2018

This is a lovely place to take children, they will love petting the animals having pony rides and feeding the animals. Anne is does an awesome job taking you around introducing you to the animals.

Thank astrid741
Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

We were there just to visit and did a farm tour my one year old totally enjoyed himself with the wide variety of animals and the weather was the icing on top of the cake.

Thank dilz168
Reviewed 15 January 2018

Awesome place to stay if you are looking for something different than your usual hotel. Great if you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of town. Anne was an amazing host, and we all loved every minute of staying there. Loved all...More

Thank EllaP465
Reviewed 8 January 2018

Stayed in the Bungalow with 5 others and had plenty of room. Anne was lovely and showed the Grand kids around the farm, eclectic range of animals - mostly miniatures. Amazing breakfast of homemade goodies including home made yoghurt and fresh laid eggs. Also close...More

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Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

Worth the $5. It is just a small petting zoo though. When we went there, the miniature munchkin had one kitten who was adorable. A lot of the animals don’t like being touched though for a petting zoo. The emu attacked me so don’t go...More

Thank Tash E
waitomobigbird, Owner at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

Sincere Apologies - you caught me on the hop and I couldn't accompany/guide you as normal. This tour has a minimum charge $20 for an hour for 2 people. The "home zoo" has expanded and I now have plans to set up so that it...More

Reviewed 12 November 2017

We stayed 3 nights at the farm - it was amazing. A children's paradise - and rest for parents too, as the kids are so busy picking grass for the animals, exploring and climbing the wonderful 'climbing trees'. The bungalow gives great views of the...More

Thank NannaSue13
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

We spontaneously went to this farm and absolutely loved it! The animals were so cute. Also the owner is really nice and she clearly loves her animals a lot. I would absolutely recommend this tour to anyone coming to Waitomo!

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waitomobigbird, Owner at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review. Its a bonus that visitors now get to enjoy 9 yrs of collecting mini-animals and they (the outside family) - all know the "drill"!

Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

We had a spontaneous visit to the petting farm and were welcomed with open arms. The animals are clearly adored and very friendly. It was an incredible experience to come up close to some interesting animals. A big thanks to the owners, it was definitely...More

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