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Never Been On A Farm? Look Forward To Some FUN then.
Rotorua Agrodome - Who would have thought that people would LOVE, absolutely LOVE,… visiting a FARM SHOW… of all things. It's hilarious.
But when you think about it, not many people would actually get to milk a real live cow nowadays would they? Not to mention feeding lambs or seeing sheep dogs at work.
To get an idea of the inner workings of a New Zealand farm you can't go far past a visit to this, one of the best attractions in Rotorua. Be prepared to get interactive.
Do you ever wonder where woollen products come from, or the lanolin used in beauty products? If you're like me, probably not a lot. But yes, they come from sheep.
Keep this in mind if you take in the Sheep Show. There's a process for getting the wool off
the sheep's back and onto ours - if you wear wool that is. It has such wonderful natural properties that can be made into knitting wool to keep us warm amongst other things.
You will be taken through the sheep shearing process with live demos, and afterwards get to see how the shearing sheds looked back in the fifties.
Agrodome sheep country - This ram is parked at the front entrance
tell you, there is nothing like the smell of a shearing shed.
As a youngster, holidaying on my grandparents farm down South was like opening Pandora's box. It was magic.
So many fascinating things to
see and do. Like jumping on hay bales and watching dust motes flying
everywhere, getting a leg-up onto my Granddad's horse and flying
straight over the saddle to land in a heap on the other side.
My brother even got his arm caught in a possum trap in the hen house. Now that was ugly - he got his arm caught in the washing machine ringer once too. Remember those? Truth to tell, he was a bit of a tutū. (That's the māori word for people who meddle with things they shouldn't.)
smells to do with a farm and I am instantly transported back to
those days. You can guess what happened as soon as I walked into the Sheep
Yes, I was right back there in that... sheepy, pooey shearing shed.
If you're not into animal smells?
the show starts you'll forget all about it. It's thoroughly
entertaining, especially for children, with a lot going on. You'll be too busy paying
attention to worry about the smell - I hope.
Once finished it's fascinating to see the wool being carded and then spun into yarn in the Woollen Mill. Demonstrations are carried out after the Sheep Show so it all ties in together nicely.
Organic Farm Tour
Separate to the Sheep Show is the Organic Farm Tour through various
areas of this large farm. Don't worry, you won't have to walk. An all-weather vehicle that holds a lot of people is used to transport everyone around.
On this tour the organic orchards feature kiwifruit, feijoa (love those) apple and olive trees etc.
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