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“Quaint, Comfortable Farm-stay”

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Waitomo Big Bird Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #3 of 4 Otorohanga B&B and Inns
Reviewed December 18, 2011

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.

Room Tip: Stay in the bungalow which sits on the edge of the barnyard for up-close and personal views of the a...
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 2, 2011

Big Bird provides a farmstay experience. The hosts started their business as a farm mainly with ostrich and have several other extraordinary animals. We had a tour of the farm and got to meet Victoria, the famous ostrich who is really beautiful and impressive! We also saw a 4 day old baby goat which was so cute, mini cows, Sophie the black sheep, an alpaga, a donkey etc... You really feel how much Ann (the host) loves her animals and you can tell that the animals are really happy in this farm.
They also have a cute chicken that would come at our doorstep to see if we had anything to give her to eat. Really fun.

Now comes the accomodation. There are 2 separate chalets/bugalow that are for guests. Don't come here if you are looking for a 3 star accomodation or more. The furniture is outdated and had an overall feeling that it was not clean, though it was clean! It really felt like being at your grandma's. The bathroom is tiny tiny. When you go to the toilets, you can hear the goat bleat^^. We got the bigger bungalow for only the 2 of us, when it can accomodate 5/6 people. So we had plenty of space.

We had our first breakfast with the hosts and the other guests in the kitchen of the hosts. It was good and fun to discuss a little bit. They opened a ostrich egg live for us and made a omelette. It is an extra 5NZD per omelette prepared.

I would recommend this place to a familly with young children to show them the animals. It is a good idea for a short week end getaway.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 20, 2011

Ever walk into an establishment and think to yourself that you've some how been here before, even though you know it is your first visit? For me, it was like walking into my grandma's house in rural Oklahoma. Everything is dated with lots of nicknacks occupying every nook and cranny. Don't be looking for your flat screen TV with 200 channels. You should come here for the experience of life on a working farm and spend quality time with the warm and charming owners, Ann and Ross. They have assembled a menagerie of friendly exotic and routine farm animals, which she'll gladly share on a moment's notice. Victoria, the ostrich that loves humans, frequently peeked through the window of our bungalow. Henrietta, the chicken, Tina, the sheepdog, and Lilly, the calico cat, would cautiously take turns outside of our front door waiting for human contact. Doctor Doolittle would be pleased to share this delightful experience and Ann's extensive knowledge of "her animal friends."

Room Tip: Choose the chalet or bungalow and you're all to yourself!
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

We stayed at Big Bird for 2 nights during a 10 day holiday in the north island. We stayed in the Bungalow and there was lots of space for the 4 of us. To be honest the furniture is a bit dated and the cleanliness in places wasn't perfect the room also had a musty smell. However the beds were very comfortable - probably the best out of all the places we stayed (which included 5 star hotels!). The makings for a continental breakfast is provided in the bungalow and Ann also baked fresh bread which was just lovely. We didn't get to try the ostrich egg omelette as we were off too early in the mornings which was unfortunate.
If your kids are animal lovers they will have a fabulous time! my kids just loved it - particularly being able to have a mini pony in front of the bungalow to lead around and brush. Meeting Victoria the ostrich was a really wonderful experience too!! Ann is a very hard working lady and we appreciated her hospitality and advice on things to do and places to eat.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 1, 2011

We were running late when arrived at big bird, it was Ann's dinner time! Yet we received a very warm welcome and a great accomodation. The room & place is clean & tidy and the heater keep us warm! Best is the farm tour, we've got to participate and experience it, love it!

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank CasendraNg
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Reviewed March 28, 2011

We booked but did not stay.
The place needs a make over
Not clean and had a musty smell about it
Host was fine and ok if you have kids who like animals

  • Stayed: March 2011
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Reviewed January 27, 2011

Our party of 3 women enjoyed our stay at the Big Bird B and B. The hosts were lovely and very friendly, and we particulary enjoyed the tour of the farm. We saw ostriches and ostrich chicks in addition to the miniature animals, and tasted an ostrich egg for breakfast!! Ross recommended a cave tubing adventure for me when mine was cancelled due to high waters, and my experience with Cave World was very good.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with family
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Thank RobinSue
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Address: 17 Waitomo Caves Road | Rd 7, Otorohanga 3977, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Otorohanga
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Otorohanga
Number of rooms: 5
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 

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