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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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Lovely Time

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

Reviewed 5 days ago
astrid741
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Te Kuiti, New Zealand
An amazing day

We were there just to visit and did a farm tour my one year old totally enjoyed himself with the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
dilz168
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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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, miniature highland cows, mini-bulls, and small petting animals - mini-lop rabbits, tortoise, and mini-munchkin cats with kittens in season.
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  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
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17 Waitomo Caves Road | Rd 7, Otorohanga 3977, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
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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 Ella P
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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
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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

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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
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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"!

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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
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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...More

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...More

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