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“Novelty Farm Attraction for Kids”

Hawkes Bay Farmyard Zoo
Ranked #11 of 42 things to do in Hastings
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 June 2017

Just to get it out of the way, there is not a lot to see or do in this place.

What this place offers is a fill-in activity that you can complete in an hour or so of visit. Which is what we needed to do after visiting Te Mata Peak and having lunch in one of the wineries in the area.

People who grew up in rural/farm areas will find the novelty factor thin. But our 6 year old kid, who has little opportunity to be in farms, enjoyed the opportunity to get close to the farm animals and feed the chickens so definitely it was a fun time for her.

Thank Chris M
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Reviewed 30 April 2017

I'm not an animal expert but this place seemed very smelly (and poopy). My daughters enjoyed it, but I thought it was very expensive and I thought the farmyard was pretty messy and didn't appear to be well looked after. I could be totally wrong - other reviewers thought it was AOK - maybe it was just late in the day, but I've been to other farmyards and they were no where near as smelly as this one.

Thank StickyNicky43
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Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

This is a fabulous place to take the kids for a great day out! Feeding the animals, petting the rabbits, sheep, goats - chickens running around everywhere lol. You can buy corn to feed the animals as well and also purchase pony rides :) Buy an icecream or drink in the little kiosk and there's plenty of parking. It's only around 20min's from Napier and well worth the visit! It's quite a large outdoor zoo and plenty to walk around. The pig's we saw were gi-normous! With all her piglets eeeeek. Ha. Great fun! Enjoy your day and make an adventure of it - throw a picnic together too and visit Haumoana beach while you're there. :)

1  Thank Rowie08
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

We found this place via the internet of things to do in Napier. We went with an open mind, but were disappointed to see how run down it was and many of the animals in dirty and muddy / swamped pens. I thought a lot of the animals seemed sad and not in the mood for interaction with humans. The signs were quite clear that they didn't stay in their pens overnight and they they were returned to their paddocks, but we felt that even to stay in the cramped muddy dirty pens all day was questionable. This place has heaps of potential for a fun day out, but it would be great to see their pens tidied up.

2  Thank Sarah D
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Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

We visited here late in the afternoon as a last minute decision.
The place was awesome for my 2.5 year old.
We were the only ones there so didn't have to queue or wait for anything.
The young lady who was running the place was super helpful.
We had a pony ride and a ride on the "train".
Spent time walking around and feeding animals.
It's well set up and spread out.
Had such a great afternoon and would definitely visit again.

1  Thank miafatdog
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