Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park

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Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park

Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park is a great place to see NZ's iconic kiwi birds up close & active in special moonlit nocturnal enclosures. There are 20 kiwi on site involved in the captive breeding programme and 4 or more on display in the nocturnal enclosures. There's also a great range of other native New Zealand birds & reptiles. We are just 15 minutes from the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves and are owned and operated by a non-profit organisation dedicated to New Zealand conservation. Everything we earn is re-invested in the care of the animals and the operation of the park. Daily Keeper Talks: •10:30am kiwi •11:00am kea & kaka (native parrots) •12:00pm red-crowned kakariki (parakeets) • 1:30pm kiwi • 2:30pm NZ long fin eels • 3.30 pm kiwi The Otorohanga Kiwi House is open daily (except Christmas day) from 10.00 am - 4.00 pm (last admission 3.15pm). All tickets are valid for 2 days.
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Liz_Mo1982
Auckland Central, New Zealand80 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
I was expecting so much more. Couldn’t see any kiwi even tough waited ages looking although eventually saw one when came back to look at enclosure again at the end. Many of the aviary enclosures appeared empty. Didn’t see any tuatara. I did like being able to see all the native duck types though and looking for the camouflaged green elegant geckos in their cages.
Large part currently closed for upgrade.
Overall we were very underwhelmed. Fully support the conservation work this place does though which glad my admission fee went towards supporting. If stay out this way again for holiday may consider visiting again if upgrade complete. Wouldn’t currently consider a must do though.
Your entry does get you entry for day after your first visit too so maybe if we had gone next day we may have been more successful seeing more birds and/or tuatara (we already had other plans though).
Written 1 May 2022
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Thanks for taking the time to come and see us, and share your thoughts. It's getting to the time of year when the Tuatara start to brumate (intermittent hibernation) - one or two are popping their heads out now and then, but most of them won't be seen again until October or so. But if you ask any of our staff we can try and point them out to you - we know where they live, so it makes it easier for us. Yes, the kiwi can be quite hard to spot - they are kept as untamed as possible in preparation for their release to the wild, so they wander around their enclosures as they will, with nary a care for what we want. It's great that you were able to see one when you came back through for another look, though - some critters reward having another go at seeing them. With your pass, we're not super strict on the next day - if you talk to our staff, we will put a note on your ticket so you can come back and use the second day at a later date - we really want people to see the beasties.
Written 9 May 2022
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Christmas B
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Family
Such a waste of money. Most of the animal couldn't be seen and I really doubt we're in the enclosures. No kiwi no Turatara. Maybe a third of the birds could be seen. The tuis were literally going nuts.. the poor things. A lot is closed of for reconstruction. The big bird enclosure is full of sparrows and green parrots. Boring.
Would do better to take your children to the Bush.. honestly would see more than this sadness. DO NOT RECCOMMEND
Written 17 April 2022
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Thank you for coming to see us, and leaving your thoughts. We will certainly give your feedback due consideration.. We're sorry you weren't able to see the critters - they are in there, but sometimes you need to take your time to see them, or ask any of our staff - they will happily help you spot the critters. Knowing their habits and favoured haunts helps. The "Green Parrots" are red crowned kakariki, an endangered native parakeet that are very difficult to see in the wild due to tending to live deep in the bush and avoiding humans. We are currently in the process of rebuilding the park, as after 50 years of operating we are in need of an update. About 10% of the park is not open to the public, but all the animals who were in that area have been moved to our other wetland area, so they are still available to be seen.
Written 9 May 2022
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Zoe
Tauranga, New Zealand11 contributions
Jan 2022
An awesome place to view Kiwi and New Zealand Native birds up close. the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable.
Written 31 January 2022
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Thanks so much for coming to see us, and for your kind words. We're thrilled you enjoyed it, New Zealand has an astonishing array of native critters, and we love to show them off to people! While we are unable to offer our scheduled Keeper Talks under the current Traffic Light restrictions, we love telling people all about them. Our Keepers and staff will bend your ear until the cows come home about the critters. Often the challenge is to get us to stop talking about them :-) To keep up to date on what's happening around the park, check out our Facebook page for regular updates.
Written 1 February 2022
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boru_nz
Hamilton, New Zealand26 contributions
Mar 2021
been here so many times over the years, still taken back every time i go, when you get to see animals like Tuatara, Kiwi, Kaka and heaps of others. getting a bit dated now but still highly recommend.
Written 10 November 2021
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Thanks for the kind words - we love hearing from our repeat visitors! We agree that bits of the park are showing their age, so we're currently in the process of sprucing the place up - 2021 was our 50th anniversary year, so we're getting ready for the next 50 :-) It's a four year project at this point, but things are progressing nicely. The kiwi are going great guns, we currently have about 7 chicks getting bigger and ready to go out to the wild soon. The sunny days have the tuatara coming out and basking - I love asking people how many they've seen walking through the Barry Rowe Aviary, then taking them back and pointing a couple out. We're open from 10am-4pm every day except for Christmas, pop in and say Hi!
Written 19 November 2021
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Escape34861768484
15 contributions
Jun 2021 • Solo
I loved it but it’s my kind of thing. Birds were chatty and I loved the keepers talk. Loved the hour an half there just wandering relaxedness of the environment
Written 3 July 2021
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Thanks so much for coming to see us, and sharing your experience! The birds and other critters can be very vocal - some of them are real showboats, and love having an audience/someone new to yell at. There is something wholly relaxing about being out and about in nature, and just hearing it going on around you - we try and offer as close to a natural environment as is possible for our critters in an artificial one, and we think we're doing pretty well there - at least, they seem happy :-) To keep up to date with the redevelopment, or just to see what the critters are up to, check out our Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Written 8 August 2021
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Em
7 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
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!
Written 7 December 2020
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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!
Written 12 December 2020
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Milly A
Taupo, New Zealand16 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
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!
Written 30 August 2020
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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!
Written 31 August 2020
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Kate H
Cambridge, New Zealand120 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
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!
Written 13 August 2020
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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 :-)
Written 16 August 2020
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Liam O
Auckland, New Zealand7 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
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.
Written 9 August 2020
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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 :-)
Written 9 August 2020
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Mark Jackson
2 contributions
Jul 2020
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.
Written 29 July 2020
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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!
Written 31 July 2020
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