THE PETTING FARM IS CLOSED OVER WINTER! RE-OPENS AGAIN IN SPRING. THANK YOU.
Facilities include car parking, public toilet, picnic areas.
For a small donation of just $5 per person, and children under 1yrs FREE.
Bookings ONLINE or phone the farm to check we are not full! We will require your name, and day/week you wish to visit. This is because we cannot just open our gates to the general public, it would be chaos! Also it could be very stressful to the animals having lots of people all at once so we have to limit the number of car loads per day via online or phone bookings. Also we do not have EFTPOS here, but we can take cash on the day, but we have WIFI for those wishing to use mobile banking apps. Simply give a toot, and/or report to Reception upon arrival.
Visit our new Facebook Page for our petting farm! (click the little icon below) School parties welcome. Email us direct to make enquiries. $5 per person, staff/caregivers free. We have parking to facilitate coaches or mini buses.
Whilst we welcome children we do expect them to be of good behaviour and supervised by Parents/Carers at all times! Children are NOT permitted to;
Run around opening pens/cages/hutches
Drop lolly wrappers and other litter
Climb fences or gates to access animals unless clearly marked they are allowed in to pet. ALL our animals here are 'rescues' and some are still very shy and and not yet used to strangers.
Chase the animals. If they don't want to be picked up, then leave them so they don't get stressed. Animals too have 'off' days.
Access the pond area (for obvious safety reasons).
BONITA the Donkey! Aka 'Bonnie'. Our latest 'rescue' Bonita is under the Vet and on a very strict diet. She is very obese and has 'fat pads' covering her body. Her feet have started to Founder, and so she is on a very strict diet, so we had all the turf in her pen removed and have put her on Probiotics to help her lose weight, and keep up her vitality.
She is in her own pen at the farm, to help restrict movement on her sore feet, and any access to green grass, which for a donkey is like eating sugar.
Bonita is now used to being petted and would love to see visitors! Absolutely NO feeding treats such as carrots or apples for this girl until her weight has come down which in turn will help reduce her 'fat pads' and the pressure on her feet.
Bonita is a shy quiet girl, but responding well to lots of love and cuddles. Come meet her and pet her over the fence and stroke her. She would welcome a visit while she is being cared for in our Sanctuary.
We have lots of 'permanent resident' goats here, including gentle giant 'JAKE'
Come and pet many of our goats, who are totally tame and friendly. They LOVE meeting new visitors.
Our goats all free range here and are not tethered.
You are welcome to feet them treats such as carrots, apples, kiwifruits, strawberries and most other fruits or veggies. Strictly NO Avocado which is poisonous to most animals. Or you can buy a $1 scoop of feed at the farm.
Jake and the other adult goats would love to see you!
Our smaller goats are completely tame and you can enter our 'petting pen' to sit and play with them, and enjoy games and frolics with them. At certain times of the year you can even help feed orphan kid goats, and lambs.
They are very used to visitors, but do have horns so younger children will need to be supervised and you enter 'at owners risk'. But they have never hurt anyone so far, not even accidentally. They are totally tame and pettable, and also would welcome treats such as carrots and apples, or you can buy a $1 scoop of feed at the farm.
These little ones are totally adorable and will happily sit for photos etc.
We often have rescued hens here at the farm, and sometimes lots of cute baby chicks.
Hens can also be adopted directly from the farm during your visit. Bring a box!
We do not breed here. Most of our hens with chicks are 'surrendered' by people that do not wish to own more poultry, or are moving home.
We sometimes have bunnies surrendered that are pregnant. Baby bunnies if weaned are available for adoption direct from the farm. Bring a box!
We cannot guarantee if we have bunnies available. We are a Rescue Farm, and don't breed here, so it depends what is available at the time of your visit.
Yes we have horses here too! Merlin (palomino) and his Uncle Nico (grey) also live here at the farm along with Eowynn (Welsh pony)
You are welcome to bring the horses treats such as apples or carrots, and can pet them over the fence.
Later we will be looking at doing pony rides on Sundays, which we will announce once we have this set up and volunteers in place to monitor our pony rides. But for now you can still see and pet the rescue horses, who are lovely and used to visitors patting and stroking them.
We have a huge Duck Pond area here, that we leave natural and during Summer allow this area to overgrow with weeds, plants, flowers, shrubs, trees etc.
This provides lots of naturaly food for our ducks and geese. Ducks eat bugs for protein and so this is a perfect environment for them.
Looking out upon our duck pond, you may be lucky enough to see much wildlife, including roaming peacocks, turkeys, waxeyes, yellowhammers, baby waterfowl, wood pidgeons, tuis, fantails, frogs, dragonflies, hedgehogs and much more in their natural environment.
You can always see the ducks, and feed them, as they will readily come to the fence for a $1 scoop of feed available at the farm.
All pens are clearly marked where you can enter, and we trust you will respect any signs and guidelines we have posted. (keeping gates closed, or which pens you may enter.) Please bear in mind this is an ongoing Rescue Farm, so we may have people turning up to surrender animals or to adopt. Apart from that with so many requests to visit L.A.R.A we hope you have an enjoyable visit, and your 'donation' to enter goes 100% towards all the animals upkeep and care. Thank you.