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Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre

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Address: 1164 Paradise Valley Road, Ngongotaha, Rotorua 3072, New Zealand
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+64 7-357 4469
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09:00 - 15:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 15:00

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Wonderful experience for people who appreciate birds of prey and NZ nature

For those with any interest in birds, this is a great experience. Our kiwi family loves our NZ native fauna & flora, so seeing our threatened native Falcon up close and personal... read more

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HugovgNZ
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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7 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

For those with any interest in birds, this is a great experience. Our kiwi family loves our NZ native fauna & flora, so seeing our threatened native Falcon up close and personal was pretty special, after only ever seeing a very few in the wild. This is a small operation (a trust) & not a large tourist venue, but we... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place does amazing work rehabilitating injured birds of prey, especially the endangered NZ falcon. They also have a captive bleeding programme for the falcon, and try to release as many birds as possible back to the wild. The flying display they do with the falcons everyday at 2pm is really wonderful. The falcons themselves are on display in averies... More 

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Thank Kate A
Auckland, New Zealand
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228 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Getting up close and intimate with wild birds of prey was just the beginning of our trip at Wingspan. The flying show was a unique treat that literally mesmerized us, watching this bird hunting so close from us was absolutely amazing! We could not recommend it more, plus, it is for a good cause people!

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Thank Robin_Laura
Orange,NSW,Aust
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wingspan is a fantastic little bird park that does some really great work towards the conservation of New Zealand's native birds of prey, especially the New Zealand Falcon which is highly endangered. There is a little museum about falconry and aviaries containing rescued and captive bred birds. Be sure to meet the cheeky little Morepork who could entertain you all... More 

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Thank Katie R
Tauranga
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29 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the best Nature visits I have enjoyed. Seeing the Falcons hunt and retrieve left me spellbound. A fabulous experience and a must for anyone visiting the Rotorua District. Exciting and beautiful and even a chance to become engaged. Great for the youngsters too.

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Thank glausiuss
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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148 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved Wingspan, seeing the birds exercising (show starts at 2pm), learning about the work done and the birds rescued and nursed back to health. Highlight for us was the young ruru - just such a delightful character. Don't miss this place it's a must see stop and should be on everyones bucket list.

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Thank OkuraLass
Nottingham
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I would think this is only worthwhile visiting in the afternoon when a bird demonstrates flying and being rewarded with food. The entry fee is rather a lot for what you see. One bird flew around and came in for food whilst someone gave some information about it. It didn't last very long. The aviaries have viewing windows which is... More 

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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

A modest facility with some lovely raptors in the aviary. A small but unique museum. A unique gift shop. All takes only a half hour at most. The flight display featured free flight demonstrations by two falcons and was rather special. We thought it was well worthwhile. Highly recommended for nature lovers. .

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Thank Jay F
Brisbane
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

This is a fantastic experience and well worth a visit if you are a lover of wildlife. Personally I liked that it was literally a hands on (or gloved hand on as it were) experience. Its obvious that the bird handlers are very passionate about their job and their love for the falcons. The exhibition of the lure training is... More 

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

not really sure what I expected but this was simply amazing to be honest I thought it would be bigger, worth a visit and great work done by the trust

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