Yesterday, I posted about our visit to the Hawke’s Bay Farmyard Zoo. So, I thought that since it’s quite an awesome place to visit I’d expand on it so you can decide if it’s worth visiting the next time you drop into Hawke’s Bay with your family. This is the third time our family has been here since we moved to Hawkes Bay in 2011.
Our Only Zoo
Hawke’s Bay Farmyard Zoo is Hawke’s Bay’s only claim to a zoo like attraction. Only, instead of lions and tigers and monkeys, you get different breeds of sheep, goats, bulls, pheasants, turkeys, ducks, peahens, emus, ostriches, deer, pigs and all the other farm type animals. Entry prices free for under 1s, $7 for children up to 16 and $10 for adults. Alternatively, a family pass for 2 adults and 3 children is $35.
In lambing season, you can feed the lambs for about $2.50 or if the lambs are hungry and no one has fed them, they will offer your children the chance to feed them for free. Otherwise, you can purchase corn kernels at $1 a cup to feed everything else but the pigs and horses. Most of the animals are friendly and will allow you to pat them as you feed them. Just keep your hands out of the pigs and bird enclosures!
Things To Do
Other than feeding and petting the animals, your children can also take a ride around the park on a pony for $5 or a train for $4. There are picnic tables for eating lunch and a cool playground for the kids to play on suitable for most ages. There is even a section of the playground with a pretend cow where kids can learn how to “milk” a cow by hand. It should also be noted that there is also horse trekking available on request and surrey bikes for hire. Hawke’s Bay Farmyard Zoo is also a great venue to host your child’s birthday party when booked. The only thing they don’t provide is the food.
Have you been to the Hawke’s Bay Farmyard Zoo yet? What did you think of it?