A couple of years back we visited Gibbs farm. Gibbs Farm is privately owned and is located near the Kaipara Harbour, the biggest harbour in the Southern Hemisphere. It is here at Gibb’s farm that a few artists get to showcase their sculptures on the 1000 acre farm.
The farm is only open monthly to the public by prior appointment, where you get to walk around and view each sculpture. There is no fee to enter the farm. They offer a few dates where they take bookings but be quick! Spaces book out so you need to book in advance. We visited in Spring, and there was a lot of rain!! The walk around the farm takes a good 3-4 hours, and trust me it is long, not sure how, but our girls managed to walk the whole way without complaining. Until that time when Miss C needed to do a wee and there were no toilets near us, so we had to find a tree pretty quick smart!
You can take younger children but the roads are a bit rough so not that great for strollers unless you have one of those heavy-duty 4×4 prams that can go off roading. Even though the weather was pretty shit, it didn’t stop people visiting. The only time the farm is closed is during the winter months. There are plenty of animals about too, Ostrich, zebras, giraffes you name it. The cool thing is you can get up close and personal with the giraffes and feed them.
In summer it would be even more amazing, as you can pack a picnic and sit down anywhere really and soak it all in. If you are going in wet weather, definitely pack a spare set of clothes to change into once you have finished your visit.
Both our girls loved the freedom of exploring, and the sheer size of the sculptures where breath-taking!
We had a great time visiting and it wore out the kids too…hooray! If you would like more information on Gibbs Farm, click here.
To make a booking to visit, click here for the reservations form.