Welcome to Snells Beach

The Donkeys at Highfield Reserve  



  Model donkey 

The donkeys are living at the Highfield Reserve, along the Mahurangi East Road, just at the Snells Beach / Algies Bay boundary. Take the opportunity yourself or with your children and grandchildren to go and take a look, both at the view, the reserve and the donkeys themselves.

Highfield Donkeys Incorporated Society

The Society looks after the donkeys and their environment. The generosity of members through donations, materials and time have established a partnership for management of the donkeys along with the Advisory Committee at Highfield and Auckland Council. A Memorandum of Understanding is in place with Auckland Council. Work goes on to enhance the area occupied by the donkeys and ensure their security and well being.

live donkeys

News at April 2018: Peter Caccia- Birch, Donkey Manager

Life at Highfield Garden Reserve continues to bloom, the fruit trees are producing - thanks to the
pruning they received last year, that and the donkey fertilizing doos, spread regularly round the
trees by our volunteers helps create the picture and place for us and our donkey inhabitants. They
in turn have never looked better, thanks to the faithful weekly grooming they receive from our dedicated local ladies.
Many visitors enjoy the Park, last Saturday Peter spoke to two families, one from Whangarei
another from Tauranga, such is the fame and interest in the donkeys and the park. Alison & Ted
Roberts would enjoy seeing the pleasure their gift brings to so many. Their generosity continues on
with the generosity of time and talent from our various Volunteers. Mahatma Gandhi said, ʻBe the
change you want to see in the worldʻ. And that is certainly true at Highfield, generosity, kindness,
helpfulness and talent, all freely given and the proof is there for us all to enjoy. Peter Caccia Birch, welcomed everyone to the Fun Day held in March, this was again a great success. This year, families with young children participated fully. It was great to see a group of Mums racing and being encouraged by their partners and children, and parents helping children participate in the races.The donkeys held pride of place giving rides to the youngsters The Pear Tree Loop race was most successful, there were some very determined youngsters vying to win.
The Tug-o-War came down with lots of laughter, and Pin the Tail on the Donkey never lost its queue. Again this day was made possible by our Committee, Auckland Council, who provided the BBQ, toilets, rubbish bins and the collection thereof and the very many Resident Volunteers who when asked came to help.

Truffle, Tansy, Toby, Tina, Tara, Turvey and Topsy.

Peter Caccia-Birch. Chair, Highfield Garden Reserve Advisory Committee and Donkey Manager.

On duty at the Donkey Shed 0800 to 0900,

or contact 09 425 6640; 021 168 9698

Further information and membership enquiries : Lesley Cornwell Ph:425-4050

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