Mill Creek Bird Park – Whitianga

| December 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

I am lucky enough to live in a beautiful part of New Zealand – Whitianga, on the Coromandel Peninsula.  One of the wonderful local places you can visit with the kids, is the Mill Creak Bird Park, which is only 10 minutes out of Whitianga.  Sadly, I think many people pass through the area, without realising this little treasure lies just outside Whitianga town, and I’d love to encourage more people to visit this great little spot.

Run by Fred and Gaye Butcher, the bird park houses over 400 birds, emus, kune kune pigs, goats, mini horses, alpacas, donkeys, geese, rare breed ducks, blue tongue lizards, bearded dragons, eastern water dragons, turtles, tortoises, NZ native geckos, peacocks and more.

Fred and Gaye also use the bird park as a sanctuary for injured, and re-cooperating birds, and animals from all over the area, so by visiting the park, you are helping to keep this sanctuary available.

This is a grass roots, hands-on experience for the family, up close and personal with native birds and animals (with a few exotics as well) – and I can gaurantee you, your children will love it (if you’re an animal lover, you will too!).  Upon entry you can buy a small bag of seed for only $1.00, and you are free to feed most of the birds, and animals within the park – a wonderful experience for young and old alike.  The walk-in lorikeet aviary is certainly an experience, the look on the kids faces, to have these amazingly coloured birds perched on their shoulders is priceless!

And not to be overlooked is the mini train ride for the children – only $2.00, and another winner for the kids!  There a picnic areas scattered throughout the park, where piglets, peacocks and other birds roam free – it really is an experience you don’t want to miss if you have children, and are visiting the area.  You can purchase drinks and ice creams from the store – and there is also a bed and breakfast, and camp ground on site if you feel like staying in this gorgeous valley.

Prices are so reasonable as well: Adults $8. Children over 5 years $3. Under 5’s free. Family Pass- 2 adults/2 kids $20. Senior Citizens $6.   Group bookings can also be arranged if you contact Fred and Gaye.

For bookings, maps and contact details visit the website – or just stop in and say hi!


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