Rainbow Springs Nature Park
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Rainbow Springs Nature Park

Rainbow Springs Nature Park
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Set among the native trees and beautiful forests of Rotorua, Rainbow Springs Nature Park offers a fun-filled and action-packed day out for the whole family. Learn about New Zealand's fascinating natural history and meet the interesting creatures who call this great land of ours home! Learn, see discover with our guided tours which allow you to get closer than ever to some of our favourite park residents including trout, reptiles, and native birds. You can also meet kiwi, New Zealand's iconic native bird! Rainbow Springs is home to the worlds most successful kiwi hatchery, and during your visit you can join a behind the scenes tour of The National Kiwi Hatchery for a unique chance to experience a working kiwi hatchery! Have endless fun discovering our awesome new Playscapes and Waterplay area and make sure to jump aboard the Big Splash for a thrilling ride!
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Jet352
Andover, MA177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
So glad we got to visit and learn about these interesting birds, their predators, their protectors and see a hatchling.
Written 28 March 2024
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beckywest1992
Aberystwyth, UK96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had such an amazing visit. You’ll need to book in advance as places are limited. The tour takes you on a 5 minute minibus ride across the site (boosters provided for kids). Caitlin our guide was really fantastic, and great at answering the kids questions too (and very patient!). We saw three kiwi in their huge enclosures, as well as two babies having health checks and one under a heat lamp. The gift shop was great, some really lovely items. Highly recommend this tour, the children (age 2 1/2 and 7) both loved it
Written 28 January 2024
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Cath R
Droitwich, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We hadn’t realised this experience is based on a farm which also has activities to entertain. Kiwi tour starts on minibus, our guide was very informative. We were shown around the different sections and very lucky to see 4 kiwis that had recently hatched
Written 27 January 2024
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Sherpa801821
22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A great informative tour to teach us more about the Kiwi. We did this while we were staying in nearby Rotorua. Luckily we were able to see one Kiwi chick that had been born a few days earlier and later in the nocturnal area, an older chick, moving around in its enclosure. This is not cheap to visit, but the money goes to a good cause. I would recommend visiting here.
Written 13 December 2023
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FarAway45321270583
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Visited due to the great reviews but came away slightly disappointed. The tour was very rushed and kids found it hard to understand the Sri Lankan tour guide. We weren't given time to read all the information posters in the 'burrow' or take photos. This is a great concept and feel like they could do so much more - where you wait for your tour to start is a blank area yet you walk past a heap of information signs on the way to the tour start with no time to read them. We did get to see a baby kiwi getting a health check but the tour guide didn't tell us much about what was happening or why they were doing what they were doing.
Written 21 November 2023
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KJD
Leander, TX7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderful experience! It's a brief visit but you gain such an appreciation and knowledge of this quirky, special north island bird. From babies to adults, you just want to cuddle them.

Book before you go, guides turned away many walk ups because all the tours were booked that day. And even though they were booked, the very helpful tour guides still took the time to tell you were you might find other kiwis if this was your last day in town. Also, don't miss out on the behind the scenes visit, it books up fast due to being offered once a day. Missed the opportunity but looked like an even more rewarding experience.

The gift shop was on point and you will feel motivated into giving back to this charitable organization through donations as well that can feed a chick for a month ($35), all the way to sponsoring a chick fully ($2k plus). Every penny goes back to their meaningful work to kiwis in the north island.
Written 16 November 2023
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Steve
Adelaide, Australia43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
No insightful tour of New Zealand is complete without visiting the National Kiwi Hatchery in Rotorua. We had a truly enlightening time learning about the multitude of introduced predators that continue to threaten the survival of New Zealand’s national symbol. The best part was our young and enthusiastic guide Caitlin. The passion she exuded for preserving Kiwis and her natural, confident delivery to our group was highly refreshing. Some guides at institutions can be a bit “robotic” in their presentation. Caitlin answered all of our questions whilst also explaining details of Kiwi hatching and regeneration processes in a clear and expert manner.
Don’t expect to touch a real Kiwi as they are just too vulnerable to harm through direct human contact. Instead there are a multitude of learning opportunities on offer, including tactile experiences with preserved specimens.
With advocates like Caitlin spreading the word, the future of the team who support the breeding programme at the National Kiwi Hatchery is in reassuring hands.
Written 16 October 2023
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Louise H
Sydney, Australia40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We took this guided tour and we’re able to view these fascinating birds close up. Their biology is incredible and our guide was so interesting. You can see the birds hatching from eggs and watch the scientists in action as they weigh and feed the babies. There is a bird in the nocturnal house, but I recommend waiting until after the main tour group has dispersed and wait very still and patiently as you watch because the birds are nocturnal and scare easily. The wait is worth it. I recommend this activity for older children and adults.
Written 13 October 2023
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Scott G
Washington DC, DC399 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The staff is absolutely lovely and does a great job at explaining what the hatchery does. It is a hatchery, not a zoo, so seeing a grown kiwi may not happen (most are released and the remaining ones are nocturnal, though this is dark room where you can try to peek for one). We were shown two different baby kiwis which totally delighted us. And baby kiwis are rather large baby birds!
Written 13 October 2023
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Janet R
Los Alamitos, United States6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Educational and enlightening. Guide was excellent and displays interactive and top notch. We were lucky and got to see a few babies and one being fed. Definitely recommend visiting. The best part- ticket sales fund their work to re populate the forest with Kiwi.
Written 13 October 2023
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