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“The Children loved the Animal Tour - and all the Adults did too!”

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 4 weeks ago

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 farm, and you can watch the children from the porch.
My 3 grandsons loved the tour - learning about the animals, and getting to feed them. They were very impressed with the Big Moa bird statue also! On the tour with the boys were a group of adults who also loved the tour.
P.S. See Big Bird accomodation Trip Advisor site review for more on staying at the farm.

Thank NannaSue13
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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!

1  Thank Jipijapa33
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waitomobigbird, Owner at Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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"!

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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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