We arrived at Stoney Oaks Wildlife Park & Farmstay after a long drive down the Forgotten World Highway. We were ready to lay our heads almost anywhere but as it turned out hitting the hay in The Barn at Stoney Oaks was an excellent choice – rave review ahead.
The Barn’s interior is built of macrocarpa and corrugated iron and has heaps of interesting features. Deer antler has been turned into light fittings, door handles and towel rails. Some of the fixtures are ingenius in their simplicity – two hunks of wood built into walls are bed side tables, a large flat stone mounted in the shower holds toiletries, and a rounded piece of wood on each end of the sofa can be used to rest drinks on.
The Barn is self contained and sleeps up to 5, kids get to sleep behind a stable like door. It’s likely everyone will get an early morning wake up call courtesy of a rowdy rooster but it’s impossible to be grumpy with a bird that crows so proudly.
It was lovely to open the kitchen blind and look out over green paddocks with Kunekune piglets grazing in front of us.
The good news for animal lovers is that you can visit Stoney Oaks Wildlife Park without staying in The Barn. The Wildlife Park is usually open on Sundays as well as school holidays but see Stoney Oak on Facebook or phone 06 756 7624 to confirm. Entry is $15 for those over 12, $5 for children under 12, note entry is cash only, there is no EFTPOS. We absolutely loved our time on the property with the animals and can’t recommend visiting highly enough.
The Wildlife Park also has a cleverly designed crooked tree house, the type childhood dreams are made of. The tree house was built by Stoney Oaks owner and builder Trevor Simons, he is also responsible for the fitout of The Barn. Trevor owns the property along with his wife Gail who is passionate about animals and is especially attached to her herd of Highland cattle. Gail wrote a children’s book about one of Stoney Oaks most famous former residents, McGillie the Highland bull, once the mascot for Taranaki Rugby.
Stoney Oaks Wildlife Park & Farmstay is at 356 Kaimata Road, RD 8, Inglewood. If you’re thinking about taking children to stay, a comment in the Visitor Book probably sums up what most families think about Stoney Oaks – “Thoroughly enjoyed our weekend here, thanks! The kids didn’t want to go anywhere else in New Plymouth and preferred to stay here with the animals all weekend! The Barn is lovely and warm and the kids loved their little room”.