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“Great for all ages”

Hawkes Bay Farmyard Zoo
Ranked #10 of 39 things to do in Hastings
Certificate of Excellence
Hamilton, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Great for all ages”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

As a mother and grandparent this as a great place for the whole family. Reasonably priced. Lots of animals and things to do. We found the staff were very friendly. The animals well cared for and the place was clean and tidy. Even had a great coffee while watching grandkids in the play ground. You can bring your own lunch. Very good value

Visited July 2014
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English first
Wellington, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“The owner lady ruins it all”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

Although kids would enjoy the animals (when don't they?) the female owner is so very unpleasant with both her staff and the visitors that, should you have the misfortune to come across her, she'd totally ruin your experience (not to mention the kids'). When we visited, she snatched a peacock's feather out of the hand of a toddler who'd found it lying on the ground and as he cried, she informed the poor kid that he had to pay to take it home. Small hungry lambs had to wait until someone paid for their milk bottles to get fed. Entrance is very expensive compared to the size of the place. Toilets are not a facility you want to have to use either.
It is a shame, though, as otherwise the 'farm' would be a great attraction for the region.

Visited October 2013
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9 Thank Deeeedoooo
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Napier, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Love it”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

Well and truly worth the visit.
Great for young and old.
Can feed some of the animals and have a Donkey ride.
Very clean and friendly place.
We visit here often.

Visited November 2013
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Thank SuzieQue8759
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Ohaupo, null, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Kids liked the pony ride”
Reviewed 25 April 2014

All four kids loved the pony ride. The staff were very friendly and the lady leading the ponies was good with the kids. There were quite a few empty animal enclosures though, which disappointed the kids. The animals seemed happy enough in their enclosures. There was a good variety of animals for the kids to look at.

Visited April 2014
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1 Thank HollieD666
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Otane, New Zealand
1 review
“Horse Trekking - amazing views”
Reviewed 1 April 2014

We had a lovely relaxing one hour trek. Two of the riders were on horses for the first time and they seemed to really enjoy the ride. The horses were very tame and knew exactly what they were doing. The girls who lead the trek were really lovely too. The pace was leisurely and great way to wind down with amazing views.
Thanks

Visited March 2014
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Thank EH0LT
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