Glenorchy is a beautiful little town about a 30-minute drive along the coastline from Queenstown. A drive to Glenorchy is a spectacular scenic trip, and while you’re there – a stop in at the Glenorchy Animal Experience is a must!
Meeting the farm animals
There are plenty of different animals to interact with at Glenorchy Animal Experience. In the stable area you’ll find sheep (who will climb up the fences for a pat and a feed), a donkey, alpacas, llamas, pigs, goats and miniature horses. There’s farm dogs wandering around the property, as well as an open paddock area with roaming chickens, ducks, more sheep, cows, turkeys, rabbits, and guinea pigs.
There is also a full-sized horse down in the bottom paddock who loves to be fed too, so don’t forget to pay him a visit.
Feeding the animals
You can buy bags of feed or animal pellets for the farm animals when visiting Glenorchy Animal Experience. This is an additional cost to entry but highly recommended. The animals are all anticipating a snack when you approach them. The friendly staff will remind you to keep your fingers together and form a cup with your hand so nobody has a little nibble of a little finger. If kids are worried about feeding the animals, some of the animals are behind fencing helping to give the kids some distance from hungry animals. There is a tap with soap and hand sanitiser at the door before you exit so don’t worry about getting licked by the animals.
You can’t beat the stunning views of Glenorchy from the Glenorchy Animal Experience farm. It is slightly elevated in the township meaning you can see the lake and the snow-capped mountains from the paddocks, making for gorgeous holiday snaps.
Sheep shearing demonstration
If you get lucky when you’re visiting, there is sometimes a sheep shearing demonstration inside the farm where all of your pressing questions are answered. You can feel the wool that comes straight off the sheep and get up close to see how the farmer handles the sheep with quick ease to shear his wool.