The National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa

The National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa

The National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa
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9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
The National Kiwi Hatchery is the national leader in kiwi husbandry, egg incubation systems, hatching techniques and kiwi chick rearing. When you join one of our experiences, you'll get to see kiwi eggs being incubated, the hatching process and newly hatched kiwi chicks. Educational, thought-provoking and truly unique experiences, you'll get to see how we're helping kiwi at the largest and most successful kiwi hatchery in the world.
Rotorua, New Zealand

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Emma
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We did the 45 minute tour with Caitlin… she was absolutely incredible. Very kind, incredibly knowledgeable and so much fun. My daughter (1.5yo) was noisy and disruptive and she was so kind and helpful. The tour is incredible. It was so amazing to see week old kiwis up close! Totally understand why you can’t take pictures but super sad coz I would have loved to show those little fluff balls to everyone! Thanks for an incredible day, we will definitely be back again when my daughter is a bit older :)
Written 27 January 2024
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BerlinTraveller79
Berlin, Germany47 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We were not impressed. We only saw two kiwis, one in the dark and one very far away. They also went massively over time, so we got into trouble with later bookings. They should really also tell you in advance that all videos and photos are forbidden. It was simply not a good experience. Their work is admirable, but they should not do tours.
Written 20 January 2024
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Rachel O
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
We were a bit bummed when they told us we couldn't do a BTS tour even though 2 others were doing on but the regular tour was still great! We learned a ton of kiwis and got to see 3 of them in their nice facilities! They're doing great work to help the kiwis!
Written 15 January 2024
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Di Latter
Papamoa, New Zealand273 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Went to see kiwis and was thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Well organized and very informative. Had someone in a wheel chair and they organized a planfor us to get to the house. Most impressed with seeing how big their eggs are for the size of the bird. Also saw just hatched chick's
Really worth a visit
Written 6 January 2024
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KT from Ohio
Shaker Heights, United States14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This tour was well worth the time. The hatchery has moved to the Agrodome, and there were also sheep herding demonstrations. We learned so much about the kiwi bird - really admirable efforts to breed and keep the species alive.
Written 26 December 2023
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Regan K
New York5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
We learned about Rotorua’s National Kiwi Hatchery while we were staying in Taupo for a few days. We emailed back and forth a few times trying to book the behind-the-scenes tour (do not believe the website—the online booking system seems unusable) before finally nabbing a spot. Note that bookings are handled by folks at Agrodome, which hosts the Hatchery, but they don’t seem to know much about the tours and are slow to respond to email.

Once we showed up, though, all of our frustration disappeared. We were the only two booked for the tour (they cap it at four) and were put in the capable hands of Eve, a kiwi keeper who is enthusiastic and passionate about kiwis and conservation. Since it was just the two of us on the tour, we were able to set the pace ourselves, skipping over the general overview since we’d been to another kiwi facility previously. We got to the kiwi chick area as quickly as we could (after a brief time in the dark room, where the only adult kiwi was hiding and couldn’t be seen) and got to meet THREE kiwi chicks: one that had hatched an hour before, one that was four days old, and one that was 24 days old.

A major highlight of this tour was the ability to take pictures everywhere (except the dark room). For the regular tour (far less expensive), pictures of the chicks are prohibited. But Eve encouraged us to take lots of photos. So we snapped away as she and another keeper weighed and checked out the two older chicks, letting us get nice and close (though not touch, of course). We got to enjoy a lot of time with the chicks (almost an hour and a half) and picked Eve’s brain with every question we could think of. We ended at the gift shop, which had some nice things but could have had more.

This tour was very expensive, but worth it if you’re really into kiwis and want to have a good amount of exposure to them. We’d previously visited the West Coast Wildlife Center near Franz Josef, where you can see more adult kiwis and maybe some chicks behind glass; they had better (reasonably priced) options for sponsoring kiwi chicks. Still, it’s hard to beat being able to lean in and look at a baby kiwi’s face from inches away.

We applaud the work they’re doing. If you’re considering the behind the scenes tour, do it!
Written 18 December 2023
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Pippa H
London, UK76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Such a worthwhile visit! This is one of the top things to do in Rotorua. There is tonnes of parking. The tour was really informative with such well informed and helpful guides who welcomed so many questions. Getting to see the newly hatched and few week old kiwis was so special. We didn't see any adults as they pretty hard to see in the inside area given they are nocturnal. The hatchery has loads of information displayed in a really clear and engaging way to explore after the tour. Also it is great to feel like you are learning about and supporting such an important cause.
Written 7 November 2023
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Chloe S
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
As Australians we knew little about the Kiwi at the start of our tour. By the end of the tour we had learnt so much about the Kiwi itself and the conservation efforts to ensure this species remains! To our surprise this place is not government funded but despite this they are doing an incredible job!
The guide was more than willing to awnser questions and luckily we were able to see 2 baby Kiwis!!
Highly recommend going to visit the Kiwis and supporting these guys!
Written 20 October 2023
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Monique A
Perth, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We booked the tour then thought it was the same place as Te Puia only to realise it was not. So as we had some spare time we went to the Hatchery. OMG - we had the most incredible privilege of seeing not 1 but 3 Kiwi chicks. 1 had been born a few days ago, 1 was born just before we arrived and we watched as the team assisted the final chick to hatch (was in the wrong position and could not get out of the egg without assistance). If you are in Rotorua this is a must see!
Written 30 September 2023
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Flurin
Switzerland29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We learned a lot about Kiwis and saw two small and to big ones. You can‘t take photos of the birds but other than that a great tour and the money is for a good cause.
Written 24 September 2023
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