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Meet our team

The creation of Kiwi Valley:

Kiwi Valley was originally created by Kathy and Larry Park many years ago! It began with them owning and operating the mobile farmyard called “Old MacDonald’s Travelling Farmyard” with their three children for 12 years. They eventually split this business into two and sold it: “Old MacDonald’s Mobile Farm” and Old MacDonald’s Travelling Farm” and settled into the lifestyle in Henderson Valley, creating and developing Kiwi Valley Farm Park. Kiwi Valley was created to deliver a hands on, real farm life experience to children and parents living in the city. Having a farm situated so conveniently within Auckland City, created opportunity for those who may have ever only seen or owned your typical household animal, being a cat, dog or bird before, a place where they can become interactive and educated on our New Zealand farm animals in a FUN environment!

Kiwi Valley Farm Park

Ben and Crystal Dun:

Farm Directors

Ben spent the majority of his childhood working and growing up with Kathy and Larry’s kids here on the farm. When he left the farm, he ran his own lawn mowing and landscaping business. After this, he became an owner/driver of large earth moving trucks. In 2006, we bought Old MacDonald’s Mobile Farm and built it up from a one vehicle operation to a four vehicle fleet! During this time, Ben also worked full time within the NZ Film Industry as Unit and Transportation Manager and Crystal was immersing herself in her University studies of a Nursing degree and then onto a Bachelor Health Sciences majoring in Intensive Care Paramedics. Crystal works as a Paramedic with St John Ambulance in West Auckland. She wears many hats though! You will also see her out running the farm, she does a lot of work behind the scenes and all while wrangling 3 children! Farmer Ben is often found out on the farm, driving Spud the tractor. He still works on the Film Sets and in his moments of spare time, you find him learning how to plait the girls hair, playing hide and seek, being the pony for the kids, or singing nursery rhymes!

In 2012, they sold Old MacDonald’s Mobile Farm. Kathy and Larry decided they wanted to retire after putting many years of energy and effort into Kiwi Valley and Ben and Crystal were lucky enough to purchase it and continue its story and purpose. In September 2013, they welcomed their first daughter Harper into this world, our second daughter Denvah, born April 2015 and a third beautiful daughter, Inarra, born November 2016.

As a young married couple, they are determined to put bundles of our energy and hard-working ethics into promoting the success of Kiwi Valley Farm Park. They are determined to improve the attractions here on the farm, as well as creating new ones. Together they have huge vision for Kiwi Valley Farm Park and want to promote a safe, fun and hands on interactive learning experience, not only for children, but for adults too!         



Front of House

Born on the quaint and eccentric Waiheke Island, Sophie grew up with an array of interesting animals from a pink galah to axolotls and chinchillas. Sophie moved to the ‘main land’ where she has had a long history in customer service and hospitality, and is also a qualified Massage Therapist. Feeling right at home at Kiwi Valley, you will usually find Sophie at the front desk dealing with admissions, taking your bookings and helping you organise your birthday parties. When she’s not at the farm, you will find Sophie at the beach (summer or winter!), writing poetry, travelling or doing yoga.



Kat was raised in the Far North. She grew up around pigs, chickens and other various farm animals but never had a real opportunity to work with them. For the last 6 years she managed an area of West Wave Pool and Leisure where she found her passion for customer service (while raising 3 children, who all now volunteer at the farm). Kat was fortunate enough to serve as a member of Auckland women’s rugby league and obtained player of the year in 2010. Kat is definitely not one to back out of a challenge and that is why she thrives from running the farm as it is such a diverse role and no one day is the same. Out on the farm you will see Kat running birthday parties and taking you for a ride on the tractor, as well as assisting with your needs while at our activities.




Born and raised in Henderson Valley, Sian has fond memories of her first horse riding lessons at Kiwi Valley when she was 8 years old. Sian continued riding throughout her childhood and into her teenage years, owning her own horse and attending Pony Club. For much of the last five years Sian has lived in Northern California, managing an Equestrian Program for a children’s Summer Camp. Sian loves to facilitate any kind of connection between people and horses, if you aren’t quite ready for a ride she will happily show you how to pat the horses or tell you some fun facts about the members of our herd. When she’s not at the farm you will find her at the beach, camping, hiking or a combination of all three.



Farm & Stables

Amy grew up in West Auckland, not too far from Kiwi Valley Farm Park. Her love for animals (especially horses) started when she was really young. When Amy turned 13, she began volunteering at Kiwi Valley Farm Park where she spent most of her days down at the stables with the horses. Whilst working as a farm and stable hand at Kiwi Valley, Amy is also studying tourism in hope to become a flight attendant one day. She is very passionate about photography and started up her own photography business. You will catch Amy leading parties and assisting with your horse/pony ride down at the stables.


Farm & Stables

Liz was raised by her grandparents in West Auckland. Just like any other young girl, she always dreamed of living the country life and having her own horse. Liz studied Classical Singing at University and then went on to study Teaching which led her to be a Music Teacher. Realizing that she missed her animals and being outdoors, Liz decided she would start teaching singing from the comfort of her home and work part time here on the farm. That way she could have the best of both worlds! Liz and her son are now living the country dream of having animals all around them. You will find Liz taking tractor rides up the hill, as well as guiding birthday parties and groups to see all our exciting activities on the farm.