Wednesday, 14 Aug ’19, drizzling in the morning
Today we are going to 2 different farms. We booked both tickets from KLOOK; Rainbow Springs Nature Park including Kiwi Encounter (cost us S$52 per person) and Agrodome Farm Show and Tour Combo (cost us S$36 per person).
As recommended online, it is better to come to the Rainbow Park early in the morning (they open at 9AM) and quietly watch the Kiwi bird before the crowd comes. So off we go to to the Park from i-SITE via bus #1 and only took about 10 minutes to go there. ╰(*´︶`*)╯
Rainbow Springs Nature Park has the Kiwi Burrow and the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa, the world’s largest kiwi hatchery. We were unfortunate because there were no eggs and no newly hatchlings during our visit. They have just released some kiwis on May. And if I’m no wrong – you can get to see Kiwi’s eggs around September or October. The wingless bird only lay eggs two to three eggs in a year. A female kiwi can lay up to 100 eggs in her lifetime. The egg is one of the largest in proportion to body size (up to 20% of the female’s weight) of any species of bird in the world.
Both of us were the first customers for the day. We walked around the rather small park and by 10AM we joined the guided tour to get inside the laboratory where they usually hatch the kiwi’s egg, nurture them for about 2 months before they finally released to the wild. <(￣︶￣)>
here fishy fishy….
We had our early lunch at the cafe inside the Rainbow Park. I had a warm cauliflower soup NZ$9.90 and a cup of hot chocolate. By 12:05PM we already waited at the bus stop to continue our journey with bus #1 to Agrodome Farm. The journey from Rainbow to Agrodome is another 15 minutes.
Agrodome Farm is located in the heart of 350-acres of lush farmland, offers 350-acre working farm with hundreds of farm animals. The guided tour offers the visitor to get to hand-feed loads of friendly animals (including sheeps and alpacas) and sample delicious kiwifruit juice and honey from our land. (≧◡≦)
From the bus stop we had to walk 400 to 500m north to the entrance. I love the lovely greeneries around us, the farmland, beautiful blue sky – we were lucky today, lush green grass, the smell of a refreshing air far away from the city – yet not too close to the farm animals! I love the tranquility this farm has. (っ˘ω˘ς )
We were slightly early when we finally arrived at the farm. So we walked around and took some pictures. And I fell in love with this baby sheep!!! (´♡‿♡`)
Ms. Blackface was one of the friendliest resident in the farm, greeted us at the gate.
Happily played with baby sheep.
At 1:30PM we hopped on a long truck #7. And there were only 7 of us! The truck brought us around the farm to feed some sheep and alpacas, enjoy the beautiful farm, taste their kiwi juice and honey.
I love farm animals! There were 3 famous alpacas in the farm; donald tramped, justin beeber and oh-Bama.
And I looooove alpacas!!!! (/▽＼*)｡o○♡
Me advising Donald Tramped not to spit to anyone if he wanted to win next year election.
Me wefies with this cutie, Justin Beeber!
Back to the truck park, we quickly washed our shoes from the mud and get ready to watch sheep shearing. Sheep here are not so stinky, very tame and friendly, unlike those I met during the sheep shearing in Currumbin. At least I did try sheared a sheep back in Gold Coast, so I am well prepared if I missed the chance today. (๑˘︶˘๑)
Only this time there was no chance for the audience to take part in sharing one of the sheep. Instead few audience was chosen to milk a cow. After the beautiful sheep contest, sheep-shearing, milking the cow and shepherd dog show, audience was allowed to take pictures with the sheep and the dogs.
A happy day at the farm makes me like a child again! Now we had to go from the farm back to the city. The bus stop was about 500m to the east from the farm main gate.
I think I took more than 200 pictures at the farm only! ｡ﾟ(TヮT)ﾟ｡
Here are some leftover pics I have around the farm.
It was passed 5PM when we finally reached back to Rotorua city. Almost all the stores are closed for the day. And it was only Asian restaurants who were still opened until night time. We ended up having Korean food tonight, our second Asian food in NZ.
Tomorrow we will learn how to be a pig – wallow ourselves in a mud! (!”ˆ(oo)ˆ)
Looking forward to be an oink-oink for a day! ＼(￣(oo)￣)／