Yesterday we made a trip out to Kiwi Valley, near the Waitakere Ranges to see the Farm Park. It was our first time out there so I wasn't sure what to expect. Rosie and Harry loved it.
There were lots of things for little ones to enjoy and they had a great time in the baby animal area, where they got to hold rats, rabbits and even a piglet.
Rosie fed the ducks and played with the horseshoe toss, although Harry was a lot more cautious.
They both got to ride a pony (it took some coaxing to get Harry on there) and Rosie's pony had the same name as her! She thought that was pretty cool. :-)
The staff were really helpful and had lots of suggestions on what to do around the park. It isn't a huge area and is just the right size for small children to walk around without getting too tired.
We saw little ducklings and the kids saw a peacock up close for the first time. They were particularly impressed with the colours of the feathers.
Rosie was brave enough to feed some of the animals by hand and was very concerned about each one getting their fair share. She doesn't believe in survival of the fittest. :-)
The goats were also quite aggressive so that created some interesting moments too! lol.
One of the biggest highlights was Rosie getting to ride a quad bike for the first time. She loved it and I was so proud of her! She has gained a lot of confidence in trying new things in the last year or so and I was so happy that she was willing to give it a go.
She listened carefully to the instructions from the farmer and then she was off!
After a few cricuits the farmer adjusted the bike to go a bit faster..she enjoyed that. She was the only one in the quad bike area and I couldn't help but think, "only in NZ would you take your child to an animal park in the school holidays and find hardly anyone there". I love this country!
We had a lovely day, filled with lots of 'firsts' for the kids. A great way to spend the first day of the holidays!