Hawke’s Bay Farmyard Zoo

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.

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Blake feeding a goat

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.

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Celine and Blake riding a pony each while Danielle waits for her turn.

Hands On!

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!

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Celine “milking” the pretend cow.

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?

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4 Responses to Hawke’s Bay Farmyard Zoo

  1. Brenda says:

    When my son was younger he loved going to the Zoo. He lost interest when he became a teenager. It does sound like a nice place to visit for young families.

  2. I know I can do a search, but where in NZ is Hawke’s Bay? I’ve been to Auckland many times and have an Aunt that lives in Christ Church. Is it near either of those places? It looks like a fun place especially for kids.

    • Hawke’s Bay is located just past the centre of the North Island on the East Coast side. On a map it is the area that encompasses Napier and Hastings. From Auckland it’s about a 6-7 hour drive depending on your stops.

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