The Glenorchy Animal Experience
October 13, 2018
The Glenorchy Animal Experience is a small farm and petting zoo just two minutes outside of the cute town of Glenorchy. In this blog, I will let you know what exactly a visit to the Glenorchy Animal Experience entails so you can decide to go for yourself.
The Glenorchy Animal Experience
I have been to Glenorchy many times, but I never went to the Glenorchy Animal Experience – that is, until the other day when some friends of mine were going and asked if I wanted to tag along. To be completely honest, I never even knew the Glenorchy Animal Experience existed until a work colleague of mine told me about it. Petting and feeding sheep sounded like a blast and it was on my list of things to do ever since!
After visiting the Glenorchy Animal Experience for myself I have decided to write this blog to tell you what exactly it is all about, what to expect, and my overall opinion (spoiler alert, it was a ton of fun!)
What do you do at the Glenorchy Animal Experience?
The Glenorchy Animal Experience is essentially a petting zoo on a small farm where you can pet various farm animals and even feed them!
When I arrived, I was given a bit of information about the farm and some general rules for meeting the animals (such as don’t feed the birds or any baby lambs) and then I was pointed in the direction to walk and was on my own.
The first few areas are pens of different animals all very eager to be fed. After walking around the first paddocks, you can go out to the back into the largest paddock where you roam free with the animals. You can watch the animals, pet them, and also feed them some food they give you when you arrive. Lots of animals will come right up to you looking for food!
From the furthest back paddock, there is an incredible view of the valley and mountains in the distance.
What Animals are on the farm?
At the Glenorchy Animal Experience, you will most definitely see sheep – and lots of them! When I visited it was spring (October) so there were also baby lambs that were absolutely my favourite. Although we weren’t allowed to feed or pet them, it was fun just being near them and watching them run and jump through the fields. It was definitely the highlight of my visit.
Other than sheep, expect to see pigs, a donkey, miniature horses, a Clydesdale horse, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, ducks, a peacock, goats, llamas, and alpacas, and of course the friendly farm dogs!
Some of my other favourite animals were the alpacas and llamas, they were just so friendly and all had the cutest haircuts! I also appreciated how gently they were when I fed them. They would approach me cautiously and then slowly east the feed right from the palm of my hand.
The KuneKune Pigs were definitely the most interesting animals. They were so large and fat and had big mouths. There was one pig, in particular, that would come right up to the fence with his mouth wide open as if to ask for food. Although they aren’t the cutest species, it was hard not to love them since they were just so friendly!
General Info to Know Before You Go
The Glenorchy Farm Experience is located about 5 minutes outside of Glenorchy. Now if you don’t where Glenorchy is, it is a small town about 45 minutes away from Queenstown. The drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy is absolutely stunning is something I would recommend to everyone!
From Glenorchy, turn right at the edge of town towards “Paradise” or the sign for the Routeburn track. Follow the road up and around for a couple of minutes until you pass the mirrored lakes on your left and then you’ll see the sign for the farm.
The Glenorchy Animal Experience can also be found easily using Google Maps.
The cost is $20 for an adult, $10 for a child (5-10 year), and $50 for a family of two adults and two children.
If you want to feed the animals (and believe me, you will want to) a bag of food is $5. The bag could easily be shared between two people though.
They accept EFTPOS and credit card onsite.
How much time does it take?
This really depends on you and how much time it takes you to see all of the animals. For us, it took just over an hour but we watch and fed almost all of the animals! I’m sure some people stay longer and some are done much quicker.
They are open every day from 9-5.
At the Glenorchy Animal Experience, you’ll also find a small souvenir shop, toilets, and a picnic area. They do not sell any food (for humans) so make sure you come full!
About the Farm
After touring the farm, we had to ask the owners about the farm. We found out that the farm is, in fact, an actual operating farm. It is very small though so the Animal Experience is a way to help sustain them economically. We also learned that almost all of the animals which we interact with are “pets” to the owners and that’s why they are so friendly.
My Overall Opinion
I had such a fun time feeding all of the different animals. They were all very cute and each had their own personalities. I would highly recommend the Glenorchy Animal Experience to any animal lover – it is the perfect way to interact with some of New Zealand’s local farm animals.