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!
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from NZ$45.00
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MamaJo35
8 contributions
Dec 2021
We thought we were going to the whole of Rainbow springs, but on arrival we found the car park empty - should of known something wasn't right...when we arrived at counter - we were greeted by a lovely lady when we realized the tickets would only be for a kiwi tour we thought we might as well continue, we had a lovely guide - but tour not really suitable for kids of a young age who don't want to stand around they want to keep moving, would be more suitable for 10+ unless Children are very interested. No much to see or do but listen to the guide, we were lucky to see 2 baby kiwi. Happy to have gone and given a koha to saving the kiwi.
Written 6 January 2022
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Joe B
Los Angeles, CA9 contributions
Great experience. This is from 2019. Had a wonderful time and spent the entire day there. Highly recommended to put on your agenda.
Written 11 November 2021
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69camaro
Auckland, New Zealand23 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Purchased Tickets online in April. Brought open ended Tickets. At time of Purchase, nothing on Website advising Park closed except for Kiwi House.
We drove from Katikati to Rotorua with our Grandson (11 years old). Took 1 and three quarter hours for the journey.
Upon arrival, we were not advised only Kiwi Exhibit was open. We awaited the Kiwi Tour, which took 20 minutes.
After the Kiwi Tour, we could not find a way into rest of park, so went to ask.
It was then, we were advised rest of Park is Shut.
So, we paid $110:00 for 2 Adults & 1 Child to view an empty Kiwi Hatchery (nothing happening and closed down) and 2 live Kiwis in their enclosure.
I sent an email asking for an explanation and a partial refund or Tickets for when the Park is opening. To date, no reply.
Very disappointed. Buyer beware!
Written 13 July 2021
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Dianna P
Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
Jan 2021
Our tour guide was Gemma. She was EXCEPTIONAL. She made sure we had plenty of time to see the new hatchlings, answered loads and loads of questions and was incredibly patient with our group. We were fortunate enough to see 2 newly hatched baby kiwi, then a feeding and a weighing then 2 adults who are being protected as they would not survive in the wild all at a really close proximity. She shared fantastic Maori legends with us and clearly loves protecting the kiwis. Her knowledge of the local flora and fauna was amazing and as we asked question after question about the plants she would take us around the grounds and teach us about what they were used for be it culinary or medicinal. Can't rave about this experience enough. Thank you Gemma
Written 18 January 2021
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Jill S
New Plymouth, New Zealand146 contributions
Nov 2020
Unfortunately most of this was closed. But we still went ahead with the Kiwi tour. It was ok.....struggled to understand the guide at times. Highlight was seeing the baby kiwi......and holding a simulated egg.....never realised how big the eggs or heavy they were til now.
Written 15 November 2020
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Lindynz
Te Awamutu, New Zealand143 contributions
We had a wonderful tour with our guide Maple of the kiwi hatchery. Was the perfect outing on a cold rainy day as it is mostly inside out of the weather. Great conservation work team, excellent facilities!
Written 4 November 2020
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Hannah
75 contributions
Feb 2020
We visited towards the beginning of our trip and although we saw some places like it after, none were as authentic or high quality as Rainbow Springs. Luckily someone who had traveled here before told us about this as it not to be missed. The Kiwi hatchery was amazing. It was heartwarming to see the baby kiwis in the incubators and being hand fed. Tour size is limited, booked in advanced, and well worth it! We did the Big Splash several times which was fun, and we took the guided tour of the park. The gift shop had all of the items you could want as souvenirs and many items have a portion donated to the park and hatchery. It feels you are making a difference when you visit here. It was a lovely day and experience that will be remembered as one of the highlights of our trip.
Written 4 August 2020
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Katie
Kent, UK17 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Lovely walk around the park with some stunning little animals. I went for the kiwis and didn't leave disappointed. Though they hid very well because of rude people being loud. I waited patiently and got my wish.
Written 17 July 2020
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Phil N Robbie M
Toowoomba, Australia69 contributions
Mar 2020
Guided trip was great, animal & bird exhibits were good too, even if Kiwis were proving very elusive on the day we were there. Actually got so engrossed in taking photos of Tuatara, I ran late for our Tour Bus...Oooops, Sorry Guys !
Written 12 April 2020
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John V
Auburn, NH29 contributions
Feb 2020
We took the early tour of the sanctuary and were lucky enough to see a new born kiwi and one still in the egg. Our guide was informative and very receptive to all our questions---and believe me, we had alot of them. We also were given the opportunity to see the caregivers feed a kiwi that wasn't eating properly. The love and respect the staff has for these national treasures is apparent the moment you meet and chat with them. Our tour of the park took about three hours. What a great way to start our day in Rotorua. Highly recommended.
Written 26 March 2020
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Rainbow Springs Nature Park is open:
  • Sun - Sat 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Rainbow Springs Nature Park admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost $45.53, while a popular guided tour starts around $62.27 per person. See all 10 Rainbow Springs Nature Park tickets and tours on Tripadvisor

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