Agrodome Farm Show Admission

Agrodome Farm Show Admission

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      Tauranga, New Zealand
      1 Hour
      Moderate
      Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship
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      $ 25
      • Farm Show: Learn, laugh and admire the artistry of skilled shearers; take the spotlight as you feed baby lambs, place a bid at the auction, or try your hand at milking a cow; marvel at the ability of farm dogs to keep their charges in line.
      • Farmyard Nursery: Interact with the smallest, cutest animals on the farm – lambs, ducklings, calves, baby goats, and puppies. Pet them, hold them, and have your picture taken.
      • Woolen Mill and Shearing Museum: Learn about the shear brilliance of the original Bowen brothers, who revolutionized the industry with a new technique and went on to found Agrodome.

      Meeting point

      Please make your way to 141 Western Rd, Ngongotaha, Rotorua to begin your adventure.

      Helpful hints

      This tour offers independent exploration, giving you maximum flexibility to GoBe whatever and wherever you like and for the amount of time you wish to spend.

      Getting around

      The amount of walking is at the traveler's discretion while visiting the attraction. Varying surfaces will be encountered during your tour.

      Activity type

      Cultural, Tickets, Walking Tour

      Transportation used

      None.

      Tour ID

      TR-ANZ-NZL-TAUR-EN-1016

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      There was a time when sheep shearing was considered a mundane, menial, lowly occupation. Shearing techniques were clumsy, wasteful, and thought to require no particular skill. The Bowen brothers changed all that.

      As teenagers in the 1930s, Godfrey and Ivan showed a natural talent for shearing that made them faster than everyone else. And they were always looking to get better. By the 1950s, they had perfected a new method that was less difficult and more efficient.

      The result was a technique that retained more wool and left evenly cut fleeces that were easier to work with. Adopted by shearers around the world, the now-famous "Bowen technique" sheared costs and boosted productivity – to the tune of billions of dollars.

      The brothers also proved that sheep could be sheared twice a year, during spring and fall. Fleeced sheep not only survived the winter, they thrived.

      In 1960, Godfrey Bowen was awarded the medal of the Order of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace. In 1963, the USSR made him the only non-Soviet ever named a Hero of Socialist Labor. In 1970, he produced New Zealand's outdoor exhibit at the World Expo in Japan, then brought it back home as the original Agrodome in 1971. 

      It wasn't all business. The Bowens helped turn sheep shearing into a tourist attraction and competitive sport. Godfrey even appeared on U.S. television, showing off his skills for millions of viewers on the Tonight Show. So if you're wondering what could possibly be so interesting about shearing sheep, look at it this way: It may be the only thing Johnny Carson, Nikita Khrushchev, and Queen Elizabeth ever agreed on.

      The show must go on

      At first, Ivan Bowen served as the Farm Show's main presenter. But in 1980, with 100 visitors eagerly waiting, a fire destroyed the Agrodome building. Undeterred, Ivan took everyone to a nearby hill nearby and performed the world-famous sheep show while the building smoldered behind him. His son helped launch the rebuilt Agrodome in 1983.

      Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.

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      Tauranga, New Zealand
      Great photo opportunities
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