Thursday, July 21, 2016
Orana Wildlife Park Visit
Asher heard "cat" at the end of meerkat and so proceeded to say "meow" a few times. She did enjoy watching them.
The meerkats really are cute. They were one of Hannah's favourite of the day.
The Champion Centre had suggested we get a Kiwiable card for Asher which allows her and/or her carer to get a discount at various places around the city. This was our first time to use it and it was really appreciated. Asher was free (being under 5) but I only had to pay half price for my entry. I realised today how justified this is. I could not fully enjoy the time as I needed to be watching her so closely and it took a lot of effort. It was worth it though and she really did enjoy it. I just don't have anywhere near as many photos as I would have had. :-)
Once lunch was finished the kids enjoyed some time at the park. It's all new since we last came.
We then headed to the farmyard as they had feeding time there at 1pm. It ended up so busy with everyone else there though, that we didn't stay for it all.
Next we headed to the Kiwis. Their feeding time was next, but we decided to just go in earlier. Again, it was so much nicer with it being so quiet (no one else in with us) and we got a lovely viewing with them coming right up to the side of their enclosure where the glass is.
The kiwi house is kept dark during the day, so that the kiwis think it's night time and are awake. So we were not able to take any photos (no flash allowed). I was pleased to hear Hezekiah explaining it to Dad later and telling him that at night time (when we are sleeping) they turn on the lights so that the kiwis think it's day time and they go to sleep too. :-)
I should have asked people who were walking past to take a photo with me in too. I only realised when I loaded the photos later that I wasn't really in any of them (other than my arm at the giraffes). :-)
We enjoyed watching the gorillas inside but I didn't take any photos through the glass. Thankfully we timed it well for going outside as this big guy got up while we were watching and headed inside.
We had a great day and I am so glad we got to go and had such wonderful weather too. Many special memories made today.