It is hard to believe that this year Kia Ora Mini Farm celebrates it’s 30th year in business. Maura O’Donohoe opened the farm in 1991 after seeing an interest from visitors to her B&B in visiting farm animals and learning about them.
The farm has remained a family business with Maura’s son Pádraig taking over the reins in 2008. There have been many ups and downs over the years but the current Covid 19 Pandemic has been the toughest challenge to date. The uncertainty has been very hard and while the farm has been closed we have had to remain working behind the scenes, without an income, but with huge bills such as insurance and feed. The animals need constant care, cleaning and feeding and we have relied on the help of family and friends during this time and they have been fantastic.
Since the opening the farm has grown and every year we try to add something new and reinvest back into the business. As well as keeping and increasing our animals we have added many activities such as such as pedal gokarts, family karts, maze, sandpits, football pitch, fire engine and real diggers.
Our aim is to offer a great value day out for all ages where adults can relax while children can safely enjoy good old fashioned fun in the fresh air. Our pay once on entry policy offers unlimited access to all attractions once inside, picnics are always welcome and carparking is free.
We have won many awards over the years both at local and national level, the latest being Open Farm of the Year – Republic of Ireland 2020 at the Prestige Ireland Awards and the Visitor Attraction & Tourism Award 2020 at the Gorey Awards and are very grateful.
We have had so many new arrivals in the last few weeks and we can’t wait for everyone to meet them.It is with much excitement and anticipation that Kia Ora Mini Farm will open its doors again next Monday the 26th April at 10am. We have complied with all Covid Regulations and the safety of our staff and visitors is paramount. Having been closed for many months it has been a very tough road for the farm but we are all delighted that we can again welcome visitors and have our wonderful team back to work. #BetterDaysAreComing