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:
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 Advanced Paramedics.
Crystal works as a Paramedic with St John Ambulance in West Auckland. In 2012, we 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 I were lucky enough to purchase it and continue its story and purpose. In September 2013, Ben and I welcomed our first child Harper into this world and our second daughter Denvah, born April 2015. We are now also excited to announce the birth of our third daughter Inarra, born in November 2016.
As a young married couple, we are determined to put bundles of our energy and hard-working ethics into promoting the success of Kiwi Valley Farm Park. We are determined to improve the attractions here on the farm, as well as creating new ones. We have huge visions 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!
Elly grew up between the Hibiscus Coast and the North Shore but her love for the country came about at a young age. When Elly was in her early teens she had an opportunity to move to a farm in Mangawhai which she took and developed her farming skills which include milking cows, weaning calves, shearing sheep and breaking in young horses. You will usually find Elly at the front desk dealing with admissions and taking your bookings although she is definitely one to count on when needed down at the stables or to help out with birthday parties and other various farm duties.
Laura is originally from the east coast of Canada and has recently made the big move to Auckland. From a young age she has been working with horses of all kinds, from pint size ponies to off the track thoroughbreds. Growing up she worked with Cavalier Riding Centre for the disabled, owned and trained her own horses. In Canada she showed in the hunter ring but decided the care and management of horses was more her speed than the thrill of a horse show. You can find her down at the stables now days.
Will comes from the opposite side of the world. He’s from Lincolnshire England. He’s loving it here in New Zealand, especially the rugby! Growing up on a small isolated English farm is how he got his love for farming. He spent any free time he had with his siblings running around the countryside, getting into all sorts of mischief. Growing up Will has worked on a few big farms, and has done charitable work in South Africa. At the farm you’ll find Will all about the place, taking you on tours and also giving you tractor rides.
Farm & Stables
Tara grew up riding horses on a small farm in West Auckland. Her passion for animals is huge and she loves working with them. When Tara finished school she went to Camp America and taught children how to ride horses which she absolutely loved and had the time of her life! She is currently studying a bachelor of health science with the aim of becoming a occupational therapist. She works at the farm whenever she gets a break from studying and you will usually find her down at the stables or assisting with birthday parties.
Farm & Stables
Mikayla spent most of her life farming in North West Auckland with all sorts of animals. She has been around horses since she could talk and been competing her own since she could walk. Mikayla is the first one to help people in need so she’s always a go to on the farm if you have an accident! She is studying a bachelor of Paramedicine and one day hopes to be in work along the lines of a paramedic. You will find Mikayla all around the farm from the horses to the tractor rides so if you make good friends with her she might give you a few extra rides on Spud the tractor up to see the big water buffalo!