Some new arrivals at Highfield Garden Reserve have given locals and visitors something to bray about.
The reserve, which is located between Snells Beach and Algies Bay in the Rodney Local Board area, about 10 kilometres from Warkworth, has been home to a small herd of donkeys since the 1960s.
This year, the herd has welcomed three new baby donkeys, which are proving extremely popular with children. Aucklanders are welcome to visit the donkeys, which enjoy carrots, apples and silverbeet as treats. While they are friendly and enjoy visitors, please take care when visiting with small children and treat the animals with respect.
As well as donkeys, the reserve has a number of short walks, which provide views of Great Barrier Island and the Coromandel. The walking tracks extend along the cliffs, descending to lookouts over Algies Bay and Stingray Bay, and pass through areas of bush and paddocks as well as garden and orchard areas.
Rodney Local Board is proud to support this local visitor attraction. The board has recently provided visitor signage, new concrete walking paths, fruit and native trees and materials for a new picnic table and benches.