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Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm

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17 Waitomo Caves Road | Rd 7, Otorohanga 3977, New Zealand
+64 7-873 7459
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Excellent for Animal Lovers

We had a spontaneous visit to the petting farm and were welcomed with open arms. The animals are... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2017
Melbourne, Australia
via mobile
3 night b&b stay in late summer

Easy to find, parking on site. Friendly hosts. Comfortable quiet accommodation in house or in... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2017
Bob A
London, United Kingdom
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9 Jul 2017
“Excellent for Animal Lovers ”
20 Dec 2016
“Lovely & homely, a great place to visit”
17 Waitomo Caves Road | Rd 7, Otorohanga 3977, New Zealand
+64 7-873 7459
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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...More

Thank beckyfreeman23
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
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...More

Thank Colin M
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...More

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...More

Thank angelfish2222
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...More

Thank Jonscc
Reviewed 27 December 2015 via mobile

A fantastic place to visit! Our 2, 6 year olds had an amazing couple of hours. The highlight of their visit was petting 2 week old kittens and a land tortoise. Anne, your host is incredibly generous with her time, very knowledgeable and clearly loves...More

Thank Anna M
Reviewed 24 October 2015 via mobile

You get to see ostrich ,emu, cows, pigs, llamas, alpacas, ponies, possibly the smallest caw in the world. The animals are friendly and you get nice photo ops.

Thank Roam2Eat
Reviewed 3 October 2015 via mobile

Great for kids you get to walk next to a ostrich and pat the animals and see tiny cows and much more,the animals are people friendly,my highlight was walking next to a ostrich how often do you get to do that

Thank ex-army-now-caveman
Reviewed 17 September 2015 via mobile

This farm looks really nice from "outside", lot of sweet animals and big birds...we decided to stop and buy an ostrich egg on our way to the south but unfortunately no one was at home. As there wasn't any another possibility to have such an...More

Thank martina2288
Reviewed 13 August 2015

Stayed here in August for a night B & B whilst up in Waitomo for the Kiwi Cave Rafting tour, it is so worth staying there, a lovely family run accommodation with comfortable facilities. We stayed in one of the cottages, the beds were the...More

Thank Barbie M
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