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“Just like Grandmoms, but better” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Waitomo Big Bird Bed & Breakfast

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Waitomo Big Bird Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #3 of 4 Otorohanga B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Northern NV
Level Contributor
71 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Just like Grandmoms, but better”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2011

Ever walk into an establishment and think to yourself that you've some how been here before, even though you know it is your first visit? For me, it was like walking into my grandma's house in rural Oklahoma. Everything is dated with lots of nicknacks occupying every nook and cranny. Don't be looking for your flat screen TV with 200 channels. You should come here for the experience of life on a working farm and spend quality time with the warm and charming owners, Ann and Ross. They have assembled a menagerie of friendly exotic and routine farm animals, which she'll gladly share on a moment's notice. Victoria, the ostrich that loves humans, frequently peeked through the window of our bungalow. Henrietta, the chicken, Tina, the sheepdog, and Lilly, the calico cat, would cautiously take turns outside of our front door waiting for human contact. Doctor Doolittle would be pleased to share this delightful experience and Ann's extensive knowledge of "her animal friends."

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Brisbane, Australia
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2011

We stayed at Big Bird for 2 nights during a 10 day holiday in the north island. We stayed in the Bungalow and there was lots of space for the 4 of us. To be honest the furniture is a bit dated and the cleanliness in places wasn't perfect the room also had a musty smell. However the beds were very comfortable - probably the best out of all the places we stayed (which included 5 star hotels!). The makings for a continental breakfast is provided in the bungalow and Ann also baked fresh bread which was just lovely. We didn't get to try the ostrich egg omelette as we were off too early in the mornings which was unfortunate.
If your kids are animal lovers they will have a fabulous time! my kids just loved it - particularly being able to have a mini pony in front of the bungalow to lead around and brush. Meeting Victoria the ostrich was a really wonderful experience too!! Ann is a very hard working lady and we appreciated her hospitality and advice on things to do and places to eat.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Rustyamber
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Malaysia
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50 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2011

We were running late when arrived at big bird, it was Ann's dinner time! Yet we received a very warm welcome and a great accomodation. The room & place is clean & tidy and the heater keep us warm! Best is the farm tour, we've got to participate and experience it, love it!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank CasendraNg
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Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
109 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2011

We booked but did not stay.
The place needs a make over
Not clean and had a musty smell about it
Host was fine and ok if you have kids who like animals

  • Stayed March 2011
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Richardrobertson
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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24 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2011

Our party of 3 women enjoyed our stay at the Big Bird B and B. The hosts were lovely and very friendly, and we particulary enjoyed the tour of the farm. We saw ostriches and ostrich chicks in addition to the miniature animals, and tasted an ostrich egg for breakfast!! Ross recommended a cave tubing adventure for me when mine was cancelled due to high waters, and my experience with Cave World was very good.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank RobinSue
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Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2011

perfect place for people who value people's value in life more than material value,
but I was very happy with material value too! we stayed in one of room in main house,
it was very clean, room was so spacey and the bed may have been more comfortable than my own home bed! bath room was clean, ostrich egg omelet breakfast was to remember for life, my daughter was allowed to sleep with one of the kitten in her bed after playing with all other animals there, it is such a wonderful place for children and like, but what stay with you in your heart is not how accommodation was, but how loving and truly passionate about place they live the host are! I should had autograph from them!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank pokemon35
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
554 reviews
121 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2011

Working petting farm, especially lovely for children. has ostriches, calves, goats, lambs, alpaca, kittens, cat, llamma, donkey, miniture horses, highland cattle....We stayed in the chalet and it had lovely views immediately over looking the ostriches. brilliant to wake on a morning to see the ostriches at the fence waiting and listening for you....We enjoyed feeding the animals with other visitors. The chalet has all amenities for self catering, but Anne our host had supplied some basic things to get us started, however the fixtures and fittings are somewhat dated and old....Don't stay here if you are wanting 5 Star hotel standards. Breakfast can be in the main house or a tray will be delivered to your room if you want.. We had part of an ostrich egg in the form of an omlette for which there is an additional charge. Home made bread and butter was most welcome. Adequate safe parking.....Our host Anne was a hard working dedicated person....

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank babe33
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Property: Waitomo Big Bird Bed & Breakfast
Address: 17 Waitomo Caves Road | Rd 7, Otorohanga 3977, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Otorohanga
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Otorohanga
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Waitomo Big Bird B&B & Petting Farm is an "Animal-Lovers Paradise" with over 50 pettable animals of 13 varieties. Our theme is Large Birds & Miniature animals and we have a fibreglass Giant 4.3mtr extinct Moa Mascot and "Charlie" the tiny Miniature Bull who will likely be the "World's Smallest Bull in Sept 17 when he is 2yrs old. We have self-contained cottages and Farmstay rooms in the homestead and welcome all size groups. Prices are $55 per adult, $25 child (5-12yrs), $20 (1-4yrs) and $30 teens. (Mini-horse rides for under 30kg) Self-contained $10 extra. Bungalow (sleeps 6) Chalet (3) Studio (3) Cabin (3-4) Homestead (Queen/ensuite + single) (Family queen + 2 singles) Twin 2 singles. Prices include: Continental breakfast, Free Ostrich/Emu & Miniature animal tour, FREE WIFI. Parking. We welcome guests to a working farm/home environment with a family atmosphere. Latest pics Facebook or website. ... more   less 

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