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Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park

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Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park

721 Reviews
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Emma A wrote a review Dec 2020
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What joy seeing kiwi running around their enclosure snuffling up bugs from the ground. Such friendly staff who gave us so much time answering all our questions about the birds and the conservation efforts in NZ. We went on a rainy day and plenty of coverings and birds out. They’re not for profit - so your entry charge really is a donation towards saving these amazing NZ birds from extinction - a kiwi chick had just hatched the day we visited!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Response from Otorohanga Kiwi... A, Front Office Manager at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
Responded 12 Dec 2020
Thanks so much for coming to see us, we're rapt that you enjoyed it! We just love answering people's questions about the critters we have here in the park - quite often the problem is to get us to stop talking about them :-) It's even better when they ask a question we don't know the answer to, because we then have a chance to learn something new! The kiwi are super fun to watch, and they don't realise they are being watched, so all their behaviors are as close as possible to how they would act out in the wild. Seeing as we plan to release them to the wild, we do our best not to make them tame. One of the best things about this work is hearing and seeing people fall in love with the kiwi - the fight to get the numbers back up in the face of predation and habitat loss is a massive community effort, and we couldn't do it without the help and support of our visitors :-) To keep up to date with what's happening in the park, check out our Facebook page and YouTube channel - we keep them updated regularly with bits and bobs about the critters we love so much!
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Milly A wrote a review Aug 2020
Taupo, New Zealand16 contributions16 helpful votes
This was our first visit to Otorohanga Kiwi House and it did not disappoint! We had been a little apprehensive about coming before as some reviews had mentioned the enclosures looking somewhat tired. As we are both highly aware of the importance of animal welfare at any attraction like this, we had taken this as a potentially bad sign. We need not have worried! I'm not sure whether the team have used the last few months very productively, or other people interpreted the space differently, but we were very impressed with what we saw. We worked out that this was our sixth kiwi house in NZ, and the animal enclosures were every bit as good as the others. The kiwi habitats, I feel, may even be better than some. They had plenty of space and lots of enrichment and native plants to explore. Because the animals have such wonderful habitats, some can be tricky to spot. We saw most of the animals by taking our time, letting our eyes adjust to their habitats, and waiting patiently. As absolute bird nerds, we were really happy to have seen the Antipodes Island Parakeets and the teke/brown teal, which we have not seen elsewhere. Although tours are not running due to Covid restrictions, the team were all incredibly friendly and eager to share their immense knowledge about the wildlife they are tiaki/guardians of. Thank you for a wonderful visit!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Otorohanga Kiwi... A, Front Office Manager at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
Responded 31 Aug 2020
That's brilliant, we're rapt that your visit exceeded expectations! Just goes to show, reviews are a helpful guide, but rarely the whole story. We're approaching our 50th anniversary next year, so a lot of our buildings are showing their age, but our grounds and maintenance teams are putting in the hard yards keeping them up, and improving when possible. We're about to start a 4 year redevelopment of the park, so most of it will be getting knocked down and rebuilt in stages - we're looking to provide a better living environment for the critters, and a better viewing experience for our visitors. Thanks for your kind words about our Kiwi Houses themselves - our goal is to release the kiwi back into the wild, so we try and keep their enclosures as close to nature as possible, so when they get released it's not a big shock to them. We give our to-be-released kiwi at least a month in an out-of-doors enclosure so they can get used to a proper day/night and weather cycle before they're set free to the wild. Patience is absolutely a virtue when it comes to critter-spotting. Because they are untrained, they run to their own schedules with not much of a care given for what we want :-) It pays off, though - the first time seeing a branch resolve itself into a skink, or a rock getting up and waddling away (kiwi - honestly, they're like fluffy little ninjas some days...) is quite a neat experience. Safe to say, we're fully in love with our beasties, and watching people fall in love with them as well is one of the best things in the world. To keep up with what's going on in the park, check out our Facebook page - we keep it updated with news and videos showing some behind the scenes or just plain cool things that we and the critters are up to!
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Kate H wrote a review Aug 2020
Cambridge, New Zealand91 contributions15 helpful votes
Haven't visited for a number of years. Very favourably impressed with the facilities and general environment. It was a rather cold, wet day and the tuataras were in hiding, but everything else was out and about. We even caught a brief glimpse of a kiwi!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Otorohanga Kiwi... A, Front Office Manager at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
Responded 16 Aug 2020
Thanks for coming to see us, and share your thoughts - we appreciate your support! The Takapourewa Tuatara are smarter than us, I think, sleeping through the winter months - their metabolism slows right down to one heartbeat and breath per minute! We usually see them out and about in the sun from the end of October/start of November, but a couple of them like to break tradition and come out on the sunnier days even now. We're rapt you enjoyed the general ambiance of the park as well - we're celebrating our 50th anniversary next year (2021), and some of our buildings are getting on a bit. We're about to embark on a massive redevelopment of the park, to modernize our enclosures so as to provide a better living environment for the critters and a better viewing environment for the the visitors. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates and details as we prepare for another 50 years :-)
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Liam O wrote a review Aug 2020
Auckland, New Zealand7 contributions
Kids enjoyed walking around seeing some of the birds up close especially the kakariki in the walk in aviary and the friendly noisy paradise ducks... almost as noisy as my kids! Even though the kiwis were hiding away for most of the time they have cameras in the nests which is nice. Area for improvement is the enclosures need a bit of TLC you can see they getting old.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Otorohanga Kiwi... A, Front Office Manager at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
Responded 9 Aug 2020
Thanks for coming to see us, and taking the time to share your experience! We're rapt that your kids enjoyed it - there's nothing like falling in love with the critters at a young age, children are the conservators of our future after all! The Paradise Shelducks are certainly not backwards in coming forwards - you always know when they've seen you. The kakariki are also very curious and friendly, I've had a couple try and raid my head for nesting material (good luck with that, it's pretty thin pickings up there!) We're approaching our 50th anniversary in 2021, and yes, some of the enclosures are in need of some love - excitingly, we're about to embark on a 4 year, complete redevelopment of the park so all the old enclosures are going to be demolished and rebuilt using modern materials and techniques to give the critters a better living environment, and the visitors a better viewing experience. Watch this space! To keep up to date on goings-on within the park, check out our Facebook page and YouTube channel - we update them with news and videos about the critters and keepers :-)
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Mark Jackson wrote a review Jul 2020
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I could go around the park at my own pace, viewed all parts more than once. Plenty to see. the longer you take the more you see. inside the big aviary just stop and wait for the birds to come to you. All staff friendly and will talk to you about the attractions. Spent 3 hours there, and will return again.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Otorohanga Kiwi... A, Front Office Manager at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
Responded 31 Jul 2020
Thanks for coming to see us, we appreciate your support! We're rapt that you enjoyed it - the self-guiding aspect has an appeal all of its own, and taking your time can certainly pay off. Some of the critters can be quite cryptic, so taking the time to spot them is recommended. The skinks and geckos are a prime example of this, as well as the humble kiwi. We're more than happy to talk about our birds and beasties - usually the problem is getting our staff to stop talking about them! We do daily talks on the critters - the kiwi at 1030am, 130pm, and 330pm, the kea and kaka at 11am, karariki at 12 noon, and longfin eels at 230pm. The kakariki and eel talks are also close encounter opportunities - you can have a chance to feed the kakariki and eels, and get quite close to them!
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