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Content sheep at Glenorchy Animal Experience

Watching over the lambs at Glenorchy Animal Experience

Children play with llamas at Glenorchy Animal Experience

Glenorchy Animal Experience

Glenorchy Animal Experience

Feeding the animals at Glenorchy Animal Experience

Petting the animals at Glenorchy Animal Experience

Glenorchy Animal Experience

Glenorchy Animal Experience

Glenorchy Animal Experience

Glenorchy Animal Experience

The kids will love this delightful, fun encounter with a wide variety of friendly farm animals – in an amazing setting!  Feed and pat and watch our quiet and friendly goats, miniature horses, alpacas, llamas, sheep, donkey, cows, bunnies, guinea pigs and more – get really close for great photo opportunities!   
Make an afternoon of it, explore the nearby Lagoon Track, walk through the paddocks, watch a sheep shearing demonstration and experience NZ farm life up close. 

Situated just two kilometres out of town, set on an established third generation family farm the views are spectacular; you see as far as the lake and the Rees and Dart Valleys, Humbolt mountain range and the wetland.

While you can explore our farm via a purpose-built gravel track you can also wander through a large open paddock if you wish.

Another great attraction at Glenorchy Animal Experience is the daily sheep shearing demonstration; come and watch this amazing skill and learn about shearing and wool processing.

We have purpose-built facilities that allow you to enjoy our animals even on a wet day, plenty of farm related artefacts and curios to look at and a small shop to purchase a souvenir.

A fabulous day out for all ages where you can relax and experience NZ farm life up close.

Address: Rapid number 225, Glenorchy-Paradise Road, only 2.25km from town 

Getting There: we're just 2.25km from Glenorchy township. Turn right at the roundabout as you enter town, signposted Paradise.
We are only 5 minutes drive on the left – look out for the big red barn. 
Alternatively you can book with "Glenorchy Journeys" (0800 495 687) who will drop off and pick up at our gate.

Open: 7 days, 10am until 4pm 

Duration: allow 30 mins, but stay as long as you like

Shearing demonstration: 2.30pm daily

Price: Adult $20, Child $10 (child is 5-15 years), Under 5s go FREE

Family Pass: 2 Adults + up to 3 Children $50

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Our favourite destinations…

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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.