Stayed in November in the self-contained chalet- couple with a 3-year old.Travelled from Taupo,stopped at Te Kuiti to get provisions for dinner,had booked a Spellbound Glowworm tour for 10 am the next day.The acomodation is a little run down,faded carpets,heating not sufficient other than in the bedroom,not enough space for putting the luggage,separate hot and cold water taps in bathroom-all in all,definitely not a fancy place.Then why the 4 stars?The setting is fantastic with great views and farmland all around.The bed was comfy and we had a great night's sleep,the kitchen was more than adequate and the fridge well-stocked (milk,bread and lots of spreads),breakfast was delivered to the cottage,the ostrich egg omelette was good (not unmissable though),the hostess was lovely and very friendly,but most of all,my son totally enjoyed the animals in the farm,the one place in the trip he still remembers,3 months on.The mini-pony ride,petting the ostrich Victoria,feeding the guinea pigs,sheep and pigs,seeing Llamas,alpacas,emus with babies etc etc.So,at the reasonable rates charged, it was more than ok for a 1-night stay.
- 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