Up-close encounters: Dee Park Heights is hosting a 'locals weekend' this Saturday and Sunday

Locals can enjoy a heavily-discounted visit to Queenstown’s Deer Park Heights this weekend to help provide Christmas presents to families and individuals in need.

The fundraiser, in which all proceeds go to the Salvation Army/Happiness House Christmas present project, is the idea of the Mee family, who reopened their popular tourist attraction last summer after an 11-year hiatus.

The self-drive experience, which allows people to get up close to deer, goats, miniature horses, llamas, alpacas, donkeys and Kunekune pigs, plus enjoy iconic views, is being reduced to only $20 per car.

‘‘We’re really grateful for the support of locals visiting us in the past year, and would really like to give back to our community,’’ Mike Mee says.

‘‘Now, more than ever with the challenging times we live in and Christmas fast approaching, we’re excited to support the Salvation Army and Happiness House so they can continue to deliver Christmas gifts to families and individuals in need in our community.’’

The Mees hope to raise $3000.

Local Salvation Army lieutenant Andrew Wilson is ‘‘thrilled’’ with their initiative, which will enable them to buy specific gifts in addition to donations received at drop-off points around the district.

‘‘This will go a long way to give families an extra blessing in the knowledge their community is looking out for them.’’

● To get a $20 car pass, visit and use the code LOCALSDAY. Gates open between 7am and 9pm.