Unwind with a day on the farm
City slickers are being encouraged to escape to the countryside for a day of games, educational activities and farm animals.
Ambury Park Farm is hosting its 25th annual farm day on October 6 and park ranger Janine Nillesen says as well as the usual farm animals, visitors will get to see a new litter of piglets and 24 pet lambs.
The crowds that turned out for last year’s Ambury Farm Day smashed all previous records.
An impressive 38,000 Aucklanders headed to the farm park at Mangere for a free day of farm-related activities, demonstrations and entertainment, organised by Auckland Council.
This year people can also take part in sack racing, horse shoe throwing, hay rolling, tractor races, pony rides, butter and cheese making and guessing the weight of the bull. Sheep shearing, cow milking, wood chopping and live music entertainment will also be on show.
Ms Nillesen says this year’s event will also feature a big difference – it will be a zero waste event.
That means rubbish will be sorted into three different categories: Waste, organics and recyclables, with efforts being made to divert recyclables from the landfill.
The event will run rain or shine so Ms Nillesen says people should ‘‘be prepared for the weather and bring your gumboots’’.
Entry and carparking free.
Visitors can also catch a bus shuttle from Otahuhu train station for $1 or cycle there.
Feeding time: Mr Big the goat welcomes, from left, Gabriel Abba, 2, Rios Hey, 2, and Cameron Abba, 4, to his paddock.
Milking demo: Park ranger Janine Nillesen says one of the many activities that visitors can do at the Ambury farm day is watch how cows like Pritti get milked.
Curious: Calves at Ambury farm are curious but relaxed about visitors coming to pet and feed them in their paddock.
Up close: New pet lambs at Ambury farm park rush to greet young visitors such as two-year-old Jacob Robertson.