Mums and their families are being invited to enjoy a step back in time this Mother's day at the Taranaki Pioneer Village.

Events co-ordinator for the village, Denise Reynolds, says any mums who come to the village on Sunday will enjoy reduced price entry as well as the opportunity to enjoy a range of treats and experiences on the day.

"We really wanted to do something to recognise all the hard work mothers do day to day and to give them a special day out which they could enjoy with their family or friends."
To do this Denise says they have enlisted the help of a variety of local businesses to ensure all mums can be pampered and enjoy some fun on the day.

"We have local beauticians offering affordable mini treatments on the day for example, so youngsters can use their pocket money to buy mum a relaxing treat."


Recognising that not all mums are the same or like the same things, there are also rides in a classic car on offer, says Denise.

"Mums will be able to enjoy a drive around the village in a classic car or even on a motorbike if that's what they prefer. We are sure the range of treats and fun experiences we have on offer will appeal to a broad range of mothers, grandmothers and the other special women in your life."

Other activities and treats planned include the option to have vintage-style photographs taken and a range of arts and crafts will be on display or for sale.

The village is always a popular destination for families, with beautiful walking spaces, plenty to see and explore and the ever popular train rides always on offer, says Denise.

"So we are hoping families will come along, then while the kids and Dad or Grandad go exploring or enjoy a picnic the mums and grandmothers can enjoy looking at all the products for sale, sampling and trying out some of them or even indulge in a delicious morning or afternoon tea."

The morning and afternoon teas will take place in the original homestead on site. Denise says the building, which is 108 years old, will be the location for a unique dining experience on the day.

"We will be serving sweet and savoury treats made using recipes contained in a pioneer days recipe book which is in the process of being published so it will not just be a step back in time location wise, but also food wise, with items your grandparents or great grandparents would have made back in the day."

The recipe book will also be available to pre-order on the day.

The morning and afternoon teas need to be booked in advance to help with catering planning.

They are open to ages 12 and over and anyone who is booked in for one will have their entrance fee to the village waived on the day.

Taranaki Pioneer Village Mother's Day event: Village open from 10am. Stalls and business displays 1pm-3pm and car and motorbike rides: 12.30pm-2.30pm.

Pioneer dining experience: $30 per person, call 06 765 5399 to book a time.

$5 entry to village for all Mums on Mother's Day. Usual charges apply to rest of family.