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Wai ariki Farm Park, Cafe & Gallery

108 Rippingale Road, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
03 315-7772
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Farms
Owner description: For family fun head to Wai ariki where you can hand feed a diverse range of friendly farmyard and exotic animals. Set on 2-acres of park with... more » Owner description: For family fun head to Wai ariki where you can hand feed a diverse range of friendly farmyard and exotic animals. Set on 2-acres of park with fantastic mountain views, the animals are displayed in a tranquil & clean environment. The vibrant café offers great organic coffee & delicious food. The Craft Gallery sells funky fabric, original local art and NZ made indie crafts. We specialise in beginners horse trekking, and offer kids mini trekking, and boutique trekking for couples in the Hanmer Forest. We run a horsedrawn Taxi, and also have an antique wagonette available for special occasions and tours. « less
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Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I loved that kids could run around and you didn't have to worry about them. The animals were well looked after and happy. The owner explained at night most of the animals happily walk back to their paddocks at night and then walk back to the park inthe morning for their treats - they aren't silly. Best part was watching... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

driving up we really thought we were in the wrong place, nearby buildings are in rubbles and empty land, almost didnt go in just for this fact! really glad we took the plunge, the animals are all very cute and well looked after, well adjusted to human conatct too which makes the feeding a lot more exciting! they dont have... More

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Greymouth, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We had a nice getaway in Hanmer with our 3 year old son and the highlight for him was Wai raiki farm park. Wonderful hosts and the BEST coffee. The animals were so friendly and obviously well looked after. We'll be back again for sure!

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Had been to Wai ariki on a previous trip to NZ and our daughters were excited to return to visit 'Licky' the deer. They were not disappointed and enjoyed all the animals. The owner has great respect for, and knowledge of, his animals and they are all very relaxed and friendly. It is easy to keep an eye on the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Had family visiting from the uk and hanmer is one of our destination we show our family I brought them and friends to the animal farm and every one loved it from the toddlers to teenagers to grown ups! Great drinks and kids platter at very reasonable price c u next time we are visiting :-)

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

After a relaxed lunch on the verandah, we had fun feeding, photographing, petting and talking to the animals which are very friendly and tame. Some of them are real characters and all have their own personalities. At the end of our visit, we had a long chat with the owner and came away with the feeling that he is a... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We were looking forward to our lunchtime visit but were mildly shocked to see a mostly empty carpark; our first warning sign perhaps. On entering we were greeted and food ordered and paid we went to an outside table. After we finished this we started looking around the animals and the deserted, depressed feeling seemed to be contagious. Soon enough... More

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Christchurch
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014 via mobile

Shocking customer service. The poor alpacas and donkey in a dry dusty enclosure all day. Surely our standards for animal welfare are higher. Will never return and will tell others not to visit either.

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Waiarikinz, Owner at Wai ariki Farm Park, Cafe & Gallery, responded to this review

OMG, DESERT ANIMALS DISPLAYED IN NATURAL ENVIRONMENT!!! So again our mantra “Never under estimate the power of human stupidity” rings true. Yes, Samule the donkey and Sabrina, Petra, Jazz, Haley and Ash’s display pens have a dirt floor. This creates an environment that they are comfortable with. If you knew anything about their breeds you would know that both Alpacas... More

Blenheim, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

Awsome evening horse ride. As inexperience riders we were very well looked after, the horses were very quiet and relaxed which made the time easy and enjoyable. The hosts are very friendly and welcoming and were up for a good chat! Thanks heaps!!

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

This is a really good place to go riding, great staff, well looked after horses, wonderful trek!! I just love Hanmer Springs and to be able to ride in this area was fantastic:)

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