A fantastic petting zoo for the whole family in Hawkes Bay 

Looking for a great place to experience all the wonders of nature? Check out the Funky Farm today, an all-natural petting zoo located in Hawkes Bay! Funky Farm creates great experiences for all ages. It’s perfect for an outing with family and friends - from feeding our super friendly animals to observing the children having great party fun. Learn more about the Funky Farm, and how you can book here for your next birthday or special event.

How Funky Farm originally started

 

It is now our time to tell you the story of how Funky Farm came about and how we have ended up here today. Funky Farm petting zoo & Toy Hire originally started as a toy library, no there were no animals. The Toy hire had been going for a few years before Suzie brought it in 2003.  

It wasn't until the year of >>>> that the Toy hire became a petting zoo as well. The farm was built from Suzie's passion and love for animals and over time became something more than just a hobby but the animals became her life and they still are very much to this day. The Toy Hire was running out of their two sheds but they then decided to build a brand new building to suit the Toy Hire as well as what was soon to be a petting zoo as well.

Next thing she knew their two achers of empty land turned into multiple paddocks suited for a range of different animals and they had a big brand new building and they were ready to go. They had the farm running for ^^^^^ years when they were located in Hastings down Lyndhurst road. 

In ^^^^^ they were wanting to expand the farm so then the animals had even more room to run as well as adding new animals to their menagerie. Not long after they found a new property to recreate the Toy hire and petting zoo which is where they are now located. 

As you can imagine moving one house is hard enough let alone moving two houses the toy library and all the animals in only 2 weeks, it was one mission but they did it. At that stage, they had to move all the animals out to their other farm while they did up all the fencing for the new petting zoo. About six months later the farm was all ready to be reopened at their new premises and was called the Funky Farm. 

 

It will be 4 years in April 2020 that the Funky Farm has been open at our new premises and in June 2020 Suzie will have had the Toy Hire for 17 years. 

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Opening Hours:

Monday - Closed 

Tuesday - Closed

Wednesday - 10.00am till 3.00pm

Thursday - 10.00am till 3.00pm

Friday - 10.00am till 3.00pm

Saturday - 10.00am till 3.00pm

Sunday - 10.00am till 3.00pm

* Funky Farm reserves the right to change the operating times without prior notice

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Admission Prices

Adults $9 (15+ Years)

Children $7 (1-14years)

(Children under 1 are FREE)

Senior Citizens $8

Groups $7 per head, must book.

Bags of Maize $1.00

$75 Party area hire

(All prices subject to change)

236 State Highway 51 Mangateretere

(Next to Golf lands and No.5 Cafe and Larder)