We, two couples, stayed two nights in this working farm's bungalow. The hosts, Ann and Ross, are very warm, friendly people. The farm is populated with a variety of exotic and typical barnyard animals which Ann clearly loves caring for. She happily gives tours and shares experiences about raising her two- and four-legged friends. Between guests and her animals, she is one busy lady.
The back of the bungalow sits on the edge of the barnyard. It was heartwarming to have little visits from Henrietta, the chicken; Tina, the dog; Lily, the kitty-cat; and Victoria, the ostrich. Victoria would pop by and announce herself by tapping her beak on the window glass. We were so excited when she laid an egg right below our window!
To us the pleasure derived from these encounters far outweighs the importance of how the accommodations look. It's the memories of this unique stay that will long remain. What you will find staying at Big Bird is an authentic farm-living experience offered by warm, gracious people.
- 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