Deer Park Heights in Queenstown gives back to the community with a charitable fundraising weekend.
The popular tourist attraction sees visitors enjoy a drive-through safari-style experience on a working 800 hectare farm, married with some of New Zealand’s best views.
For the weekend of November 27-28, tours will be at a greatly reduced price of $ 20 per car, with all proceeds going to the Salvation Army and House of Happiness joint Christmas gift project.
Deer Park Heights owners Mike and Bridget Mee reopened a year ago after an 11-year hiatus operating a working deer farm. Visitors to the park on the Kelvin Heights Peninsula can get up close and personal with red and fallow deer, goats, miniature horses, llamas, alpacas, donkeys and Kunekune pigs.
âWe are truly grateful for the support of the locals who have visited us over the past year and would like to give back to our community,â said Mike.
âNow more than ever, with the difficult times we live in and Christmas is fast approaching, we are delighted to support The Salvation Army and Happiness House so that they can continue to provide Christmas gifts to families and to those in need in our community. “
Lt. Andrew Wilson of The Salvation Army in Queenstown said he was “delighted” with the offer, which will allow them to purchase specific gifts in addition to donations made to deposit points in the district. Gifts are distributed to people in need around Queenstown, Wanaka and the wider Queenstown Lakes District.
âWe can’t thank Deer Park Heights enough for thinking about Happiness House and ourselves this holiday season,â he says.
âIt is always a privilege and a special occasion to invite families to pick up their Christmas baskets and choose gifts for their children. This initiative will go a long way in giving families an added blessing in knowing that their community is caring for them. “
The Mees hope to raise $ 3,000 for charities over the weekend.
The number of cars will be limited to 80 per day so that tours can be managed in accordance with current Covid restrictions. To access the special offer, visitors must book online at www.deerparkheights.co.nz using the code “LOCALSDAY” to redeem their $ 20 car pass. Access is permitted for vehicles with less than 7 seats between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., and once booked, visitors receive an entry code via email and SMS. The code is valid for entry and exit on the reserved date.
âPack a picnic, put on sunscreen, and bring a $ 2 gold or two to buy mutton nuts to feed the animals,â says Mike. âThere has never been a better time to get out, enjoy the fresh air and admire the view.â
The park is 2.5 miles along Peninsula Road from the Kelvin Heights exit in Queenstown and the entrance is signposted.
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