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Waitomo Big Bird Bed & Breakfast

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Bilbao, Spain
Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

Ann was a superstar host. Very warm and friendly and always accommodating. We enjoyed the breakfast, especially the ostrich omlette ($5 for 2ppl). The highlight of course was getting to see and pet all the animals on her farm. Ostrich, emu, alpaca, llama, cows, sheep, pigs, goats, donkeys, bunnies, and more! The best was that she had rare mini (munchkin)...

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waitomobigbird, Owner at Waitomo Big Bird Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

Your company brightened my day.....all the best of good fortune with your own B&B one day! Thank-you for taking the time to review.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We dropped by this dessert dead place around noon and couldn't find a soul in there. Rang the bell and knocked on the door. No one came out. As I'm driving away a lady half dressed come out and waved us hello. I stopped and try to inquire about availability for the night. I mentioned I rang bell but was...

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waitomobigbird, Owner at Waitomo Big Bird Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

1. Note to self... Put a "No Vacancy" or "Closed" sign up anytime I might take advantage of a "morning off" (1st in about 8 months) with no bookings ahead for the day. My check-in time is 2pm as is normal, so was caught on the hop, although in the busy season do have casual bookings! It is a working...

San Francisco, California
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is an adventure/experience stay. Ann and Ross have Ostriches, emus and a multitude of miniature animals. They themselves (Ann and Ross)are very interesting, engaging and full of fun! We stayed in the house and the rooms were spacious, comfortable and clean. It felt cozy and like we were part of the family....sat around the table with other visitors, chatting...

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waitomobigbird, Owner at Waitomo Big Bird Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

Thank you for your enthusiasm for that which we offer. I do enjoy our "outside family" entertaining our guests - they give so much to the pro-animal people!!

Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

I stayed here with me friend (both of us 17) and my parents. When we first walked in, we were all pretty disappointed. The room was musty and a little dirty, and it made my asthma play up quite badly. However once we got settled we really enjoyed it. The beds were very comfortable and the place had a nice...

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waitomobigbird, Owner at Waitomo Big Bird Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. For those accustomed to a "new" environment - it can be less-than expected, but we happily give that which we have. Thank you for your appreciation!

Yorba Linda, California
Reviewed 7 February 2017

If you have kids who love animals, or are an animal lover yourself, you will love the night you spend at this B&B. Ann has a menagerie of miniature farm animals - small cows, llamas, alpacas, munchkin cats, and giant birds - ostriches and emus. Our visit with the animals was a highlight of our visit. They also have a...

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waitomobigbird, Owner at Waitomo Big Bird Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

Thank you for your time to review and your genuine sentiments. We always enjoy hosting the appreciative and family-friendly!

Kuranda, Australia
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Our children loved it at big bird bnb . Ann and Ross are genuinely warm and welcoming. Our room in the house was very comfortable, the bathroom clean. Ann's love of animals is reflected in her happy and quiet herd which include if you can believe a miniature horse which the girls rode, sheep, goats, alpacas, a lama, pigs, emus,...

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waitomobigbird, Owner at Waitomo Big Bird Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

Thank you for your enthusiastic enjoyment of the "unique collection" of my X-factor "outside family". This is fulfillment for me - offering a "homestyle farm experience" for those who enjoy animals - then see the "memories forever" being etched into kids experience as it happens - my "dream" is alive!

Taranaki Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 30 January 2017

We booked a cabin, and a room in the house for our teenage and younger children, as the bungalow was booked out. When received a message saying the hosts will be back at 6.30pm, and there would be a chance to pet the animals. We had also been upgraded to the Chalet. The chalet was dirty, and hadn't been aired...

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waitomobigbird, Owner at Waitomo Big Bird Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

It was an unfortunate day all round. We had to go to Auckland unexpectantly and hoped to be home earlier, but got held up in Auckland and were not able to get home in reasonable time. Our first day away in months, turned to custard and we can only apologise for everything that was lacking, and hope future reviews restore...

Oslo, Norway
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We needed a place to stay before going to the Waitono caves, and found the Big Bird. The hostess is really nice and friendly, but the descriptions of the B&B is not exactly accurate. Our "cottage with an ensuite bathroom" turned out to be a shaky, old and mouldy caravan. Price should be lowered a lot. The animals and birds...

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waitomobigbird, Owner at Waitomo Big Bird Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

As clearly explained over the phone to the person booking last minute - the normal accommodation was all booked out - it was 3rd Jan, and we had just added a portacabin and removal unit to cater for extra demand. The emergency offer we made was the cabin on wheels - newly arrived/ situated/yet to be landscaped, but had been...

Singapore, null, Singapore
Reviewed 5 January 2017

I was travelling with a group of friends and since there were so many of us, we booked a 'bungalow' for the night. The bungalow came with a kitchenette right next to a small dining area, a small shower and toilet, 2 queen size beds, and 3 single beds. It is the biggest room available for a large group/family. We...

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waitomobigbird, Owner at Waitomo Big Bird Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

Thank you for adding your review - we appreciate the feedback and do offer a unique experience with our menagerie of Large Birds and Miniature animals...

Bath, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Stayed only one night here whilst visiting Waitomo caves and found it a very friendly place to stay. A tour of the farm and being able to touch the animals, even an Ostrich, was a bonus. Breakfast was good and the addition of an Ostrich egg omelet was a first for us.

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waitomobigbird, Owner at Waitomo Big Bird Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to kindly review your visit. Nice to add a little "unique" experience to your travel. Victoria and her family are laying well....so we have Ostrich-Egg Heaven!!

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  • Free Internet
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
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  • Family Rooms
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Refrigerator in room
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Waitomo Big Bird B&B & Petting Farm is an "Animal-Lovers Paradise" with over 50 pettable animals of 13 varieties. Our theme is Large Birds & Miniature animals and we have a fibreglass Giant 4.3mtr extinct Moa Mascot and "Charlie" the tiny Miniature Bull who will likely be the "World's Smallest Bull in Sept 17 when he is 2yrs old. We have self-contained cottages and Farmstay rooms in the homestead and welcome all size groups. Prices are $55 per adult, $25 child (5-12yrs), $20 (1-4yrs) and $30 teens. (Mini-horse rides for under 30kg) Self-contained $10 extra. Bungalow (sleeps 6) Chalet (3) Studio (3) Cabin (3-4) Homestead (Queen/ensuite + single) (Family queen + 2 singles) Twin 2 singles. Prices include: Continental breakfast, Free Ostrich/Emu & Miniature animal tour, FREE WIFI. Parking. We welcome guests to a working farm/home environment with a family atmosphere. Latest pics Facebook or website. ... more   less 

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Address: 17 Waitomo Caves Road | Rd 7, Otorohanga 3977, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Otorohanga
Number of rooms: 5
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“There are "cottages" which give you more privacy, have kitchens, etc. But we liked being closer in the house”
lindaa992, 10 Apr 2017 | Read review
“We had the 'backpacker room' with two twin beds. The room was small but comfy.”
  • Our room after a day of driving on the left.
gailp502, 31 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Book in Waitomo itself and if you have children then visit the Big bird for a tour.”
Debby070, 13 May 2015 | Read review
“The bungalow and the chalet are best for privacy, but all rooms in the house looked comfy too. We stayed in the bungalow which was good with a toddler who likes to wake very early. We only stayed for one night, but the kitchen would have been great for self catering.”
MelissaBD2014, 19 Mar 2015 | Read review
“Be flexible.”
reetsweet, 8 Mar 2015 | Read review
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