The Ginger Factory
We took our 18 month old here a few weekends ago. Free entry for all and then pay for the rides/attractions. We decided that we would try out the boat and train rides. Under 3 are free for these.
The boat ride is inside and takes you throuthe different countries as the ginger bread man escapes some mean bakers. Lots of colourful sets to look at with moving characters, cheerful music and flashing lights. Our little boy was amazed by it all. It was sp quiet that the ride operator even let us go round for a 2nd time for free which was really lovely.
We had time before the next train departure to have some morning tea. The cafe was a little bit over priced but you expect that at a tourist attraction. Very nice coffee and yummy cakes!
The train takes you through the grounds of the Ginger Factory and there is a recorded commentary of the history of the train and of the ginger factories origins. Very interesting fit the adults. Not a lot of exciting things to see for kids, except fit some ducks and chickens that the driver throws bread out to. Our little boy just enjoyed the ride though.
There are also a bee keeping show, ginger factory tour and garden walkto but we didn't do these. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained.
A fun morning for us and the little one.
I love the Ginger Factory, and took my parents there when they came over from the UK to see their first grandbub.
They loved it, the food is awesome, the icecream even better and there is all sorts of interesting things in the shop. There is also a row of tacky touristy shops too - most of which were closed when we went there that time as they were redoing the path outside.
There's a boat ride (pay extra) and train tour (pay extra) and a chocolate shop... it's quite small if you don't do the paid things, but it's really nice.
My only problem came when my little bub needed a feed and a change. The parents room was tiny with only a small bench on one side where I could feed her, it was dirty and there were no bins so nowhere to put a very poo-ey nappy. That said as I walked out I bumped into a member of the ground staff who kindly took said nappy and desposed of it for me! I did end up feeding outside on one of the benches as it was more comfortable, but as a very new and shy mum felt very exposed and uncomfortable doing so despite a cover.
It may not be a large attraction, or have a LOT on offer, but I was quite excited when I went there a few months back. It's free entry to go in and have a walk around, then you just pay for the ginger tour, and the bee tour, and a trip on the train if you like.
I was absolutely fascinated by the ginger tour, and seeing how the ginger is farmed, and prepared was very interesting to me. Then we got to taste some of the ginger products and as someone who didn't know how to eat ginger before, I was glad to taste it different ways, because now I eat ginger a lot!
The bee tour was very interesting too. We got to see all the bee hives, and even taste some of the honeys they have on offer as well. I learned a lot about the healing properties of honey, and even picked myself up some Manuca honey to help with my scars.
I was also quite partial to the ice cream store there! YUMMO!!
Definitely a bit of cheap/free fun for the family.