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“Excellent for Animal Lovers ”

Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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, miniature highland cows, mini-bulls, and small petting animals - mini-lop rabbits, tortoise, and mini-munchkin cats with kittens in season.
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 a highlight of the trip!

Thank beckyfreeman23
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

Easy to find, parking on site. Friendly hosts. Comfortable quiet accommodation in house or in cottage units in garden. Miniature animals and ostriches around in adjacent fields.

Thank Bob A
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

Enjoyed it, although a little disorganised. We had booked at the local tourist office, and this seemed to irritate the host (presumably they get a cut), and she didn't seem to have been expecting us, which was a little bizarre, recognising we wouldn't have visited there otherwise... But after that awkward start, everything was fine, we were shown around the farm well, and a nice selection of animals I think the owner could do with some help, and the price is very cheap, ie could increase the price to support that.

Thank Colin M
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waitomobigbird, Owner at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2017

You are right, the price needs to be increased to cover staff and the commissions charged, so that everyone is happy and we can be organised 100% of the time.......quite difficult on a farm! Next year, improved facilities for animal viewing will improve the organisation and flow and will not require the huge time factor for every group arriving at differing times and in all weathers.

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Reviewed 20 December 2016

We had the privilege of staying on site here in one of the cottages. The farm animals are very well behaved and waking up to the sounds of cows mooing was a wonderful experience (not something we get much in London, UK). The staff were helpful and friendly, and the BnB was one of the most welcoming & comfortable places I've ever stayed. A wonderful experience.

Thank angelfish2222
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Reviewed 14 January 2016

We were on the way to the Waitomo caves and we had about 2 hours to kill before our tour. My wife noticed a variety of animals on the way to the caves and we decided to go back to look at them through the fence from the main road. Not long after Ann, the owner, came out with 2 ponies and asked if we were interested in a tour. We jumped at the opportunity and we didn't regret it. As we walked into the farm we were greeted by what is definitly the smallest bull I have ever seen along with a few sheep and some ponies who were extremely friendly especially because we were given food pellets to feed them. She then proceeded to show us the rest of her very unique farm which also had Emus, Ostriches, Alpacas,Llamas and more ponies and cattle. There were also other animals but sadly we were unable to finish the tour as we had to leave to start our cave tour. Never the less it was a wonderful way to fill in 2 hours. We had toured the Hobbiton movie set earlier, and the farm together with the Glow worm cave really made it a memorable day in New Zealand.

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