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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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Amazing Home away from Home!

Awesome place to stay if you are looking for something different than your usual hotel. Great if... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ella P
Worth the stay

Stayed in the Bungalow with 5 others and had plenty of room. Anne was lovely and showed the Grand... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
GrandmaSue815
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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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  • Very good13%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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Hours Today: 14:00 - 17:00
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17 Waitomo Caves Road | Rd 7, Otorohanga 3977, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 11 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 10 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

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

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