Maria L – your review does not surprise me at all and really sums up ‘the farm lady’. As much as I don’t think there is anything wrong with children looking through fences at animals, we made the unfortunate mistake of paying for our experience.
My 2 year old loves animals so we were excited to go to a ‘farm park’ on our weekend trip to Hanmer. We arrived at Wai-ariki to a grumpy looking women. I thought it was pretty steep the price for some farm animals but we paid none-the-less. My mum had her water bottle filled with ice on the counter at this point in which the ‘farm lady’ asked if we purchased it there. We didn’t – it was 27 degrees outside so we had our own. She then said that we couldn’t bring it in as she sells the same thing there (well actually its not the same – because water is free from a tap) but none the less we put it away out of her view. We were then given a massive spiel on what we could and couldn’t do in the park. It was a lecture “do not feed this animal, only feed this animal once, do not go in this area, do not climb on this, the something’s stomach will explode if you do this, ” blah blah blah. Seriously, we remembered nothing and spent the rest of our time there not wanting to feed or go near anything. (idea? Maybe write your rules on the fences rather than expect people to remember) My son started walking along with the ducks but scared that we were breaking rule #257 – do not chase the ducks, I immediately decided we were better off looking at the eels in the tank – oh you couldn’t see anything. Great. I spent the rest of the afternoon trying to find something that didn’t look depressed and then left. No conversation, no good bye, no thanks for coming.( Wai ariki dedicated to delivering customer and service excellence ??? ) Terrible.
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