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Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park

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Since 1971 the Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park has been helping to save New Zealand`s national icon, the Kiwi bird. The Kiwi House is a not-for-profit organisation; all proceeds help support conservation projects. We guarantee that...more
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25 Alex Telfer Drive, Otorohanga 3900, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

From many of the reviews posted, one would think this was a small and somewhat disappointing attraction, but those reviews were wrong. We have spent a very pleasurable three and a half hours watching and listening to keepers who are passionate about the creatures they...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank A1499SOchristinew
Reviewed 5 days ago

We arrived late in the day so they let us pay half price to get in. We saw two kiwis ! and lots of other native birds. Another staff member when he saw us just starting the visit Said let me show you the best...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank SylviaC2101
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I can’t understand how this place has excellent reviews.... We were really excited to take our kids to see the Kiwis but they were nowhere to be seen. The whole place is very run down. Some signs were faded so you couldn’t even read the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ashleighc328
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an unassuming sort of place, a little bit off the beaten track, but it's an absolute gem. We walked around for more than an hour looking at and photographing all the birds and reptiles, before going into the darkened Kiwi house at 1.30pm...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Simon B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a pretty inexpensive and not very big park. However, the kiwi enclosures were quite large and easy to see into - dark enough for the kiwi to be comfortable but light enough for good visibility of them. We did the tour, which was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lrfrank
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a couple of hours wait for our Waitomo tour so we popped back to the kiwi house for a visit. Well worth the time and money. Kiwis are always elusive to see at any enclosure but we were fortunate enough to see a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank spookikiwi
Otorohanga Kiwi H, General Manager at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us, it's greatly appreciated. That's great that you saw the kiwi - sometimes they can be a bit TOO elusive for some of our visitors. Patience is rewarded - you can be looking at what...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited as something to do before we went glow worming. Thor was very friendly (yellow masked bird) even allowing me to pat his chest. Saw a large kiwi looking for food in the nocturnal moon room.$26 gets you a 2 day pass. Enjoyed it.More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Otorohanga Kiwi H, General Manager at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Ah, the mighty Thor - he's a Spurwinged Plover who was hand-reared, so he loves people. He's been known to attach himself to visitors before and follow/lead them around the park. He can come across as being aggressive (plovers are VERY loud), but he's a...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited with my partner and had a great time. The enclosures and walkways were clean and well maintained, and the staff friendly. My partner was particularly enthused with the "Kiwi Talk" that is given at certain times throughout the day where you get to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Otorohanga Kiwi H, General Manager at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to visit us, and share your experience. Our staff take a lot of pride in their work, and they'll be chuffed to hear that you liked the walk around. The Keeper Talks take place every day, and our keepers are...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good experience to see live kiwi birds in natural habitat. Very reasonable entrance prices. Bird sanctuary is nice as wellMore

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank verla2
Otorohanga Kiwi H, General Manager at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words - we do our best to maintain as natural a habitat as possible for all our critters, while still making it so people have a chance to see some of the rarer birds and reptiles we are so lucky...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited after we had been to the nearby glow worm caves. I was keen to see kiwis whilst on holiday in New Zealand. We were lucky to see two very up close. The member of staff who told us about the kiwis was informative...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RSBrachelB
Otorohanga Kiwi H, General Manager at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to come see us, and share your thoughts. We're rapt that you enjoyed your visit, despite the changeable New Zealand weather! The kiwi are neat to see, especially when they come snuffling close to the windows looking for food or...More

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mukson
4 May 2017|
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Response from Otorohanga Kiwi H | Property representative |
Hi there! We suggest you allow at least 45 minutes to an hour to walk around the park and take in one or two of our daily keeper talks. The keepers talks are about: kiwi (10.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm), kea and kaka (11am... More
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