Kia Ora Mini farm is a family run open farm in Gorey, Co. Wexford which opened for business in 1991.
Where did the name come from?
The name Kia Ora came from a visit to family and friends many years ago in New Zealand by Paddy & Maura. Everywhere they looked were the words “Kia Ora”. “Kia Ora” is an expression in the Māori language, and simple means “hello” or “welcome”. Literally translated it has a meaning of “be well or healthy”. These days you see and hear “kia ora” all over the New Zealand. Maura & Paddy felt very welcome on their visit and the warmth and friendliness of the people of New Zealand and the green landscape meant it felt like it was a home away from home. Not long after their return to Ireland the mini farm was opened and Kia Ora Mini Farm was born. We hope that you feel very welcome on your visit. In the last number of years the day to day running of the farm has been taken over by Padraig O’Donohoe, or Podge as he is affectionately known to all, with the help of his wife Evelyn who deals with the admin, accounts and marketing. Padraig’s brother, Peter, also works full time at the farm and there are a number of nieces and nephews working here also.
We have no association with the Kia Ora Drink and are not sponsored by them or involved with the brand in any way.
ABOUT THE FARM
We are a hands on open farm where children get to interact with, hold and feed animals of the usual farmyard variety and some more exotic such as llamas, emus, alpacas, pot bellied pigs, chinchillas, parrots, Scottish highland, etc.
Our farm is a safe place for children to roam and learn about the animals and for adults to relax. We have an onsite coffee shop with mouth watering home-baking but picnics are also welcome. Even in our coffee shop and we have ample outdoor seating for those fine summer days.
The outdoor area covers many acres and is an ideal location for a family picnic and to unwind under the summer sun. Our helpful staff are always on hand to help you get the most out of your visit and show you all the facilities.
Our farm is fully wheelchair accessible, has cement paths, toilets, baby changing facilities, giant buzz-off, under 4 play area milking cow shed and small animals, pig sty, Go kart track, bird pens, fire engine, basketball, party shed, maze, real diggers, large animals, secure pond, football pitch, basketball hoop, fire engine ride. We offer free car parking in our large car park. Some of our facilities include sandpits, a football pitch, a rough rider track and we have a convoy of ride on tractors.
We also offer many animals and pets for sale which have been born on the farm such as rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, ducks, hens, lambs etc. Just give us a call to see what we have on offer.
In the past we have also rescued and rehomed unwanted animals, providing we have had the proper space of course.
Don’t forget your camera!