Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park

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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • MullyFam
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kiwis are my new favorite!
    I didn’t want to leave NZ without seeing a kiwi! I was worried we wouldn’t but we did and it was fantastic! What special little creatures! The signs all say to ask staff for assistance if you can’t spot one so don’t give up! Seeing one scamper made my trip and the rest of the park did not disappoint. We had fun spotting the other rare/unique to NZ birds and tuatara. I’m glad we didn’t skip this. It was easy and enjoyable for the whole family! No pictures in the dark enclosure area but I snapped one of the surveillance video.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 March 2023
  • JElliot32
    New South Wales, Australia3,811 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kiwi viewing made our visitr worthwhile
    The Oto Kiwi House/Bird Park recently celebrated its 50th anniversary which is a great achievement, but parts of the place are definitely looking dated and daggy, This is especially so with some of the caged areas. And the entire wetland exhibition plus nearby enclosures were closed for refurbishment when we visited. The forest-birds aviary was a nice treat though, with a good number of red-crowned parakeets calling this place home. And the tuatara we saw (a big one!) was excellent too. But the biggest thrill for us was seeing a Brown Kiwi sauntering about through the gloom of the Kiwi Nocturnal House. A good talk on kiwis was provided b the guide, who also did a good job making sure everyone there got a look at the kiwi (it was extremely hard to spot at times).
    Visited April 2023
    Written 12 April 2023
  • Bborell
    Manurewa, New Zealand7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    These are not circus animals
    Awesome native bird sanctuary. Unlike others I’ve been to around the country this is a bird sanctuary first and tourist attraction second not the other way round. Birds have much larger enclosures with natural settings, space to properly fly and places to roost. I found if you enter and stay very still and quiet for a while the birds tend to forget you and go about their business. For this reason small children might find it hard to get the most out of the birds but still worth a visit. Kiwi enclosure too seemed a decent size. Cameras in the nesting boxes also meant you can see what’s happening without disturbing them. Highly recommend.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Jessica
    Melbourne, Australia30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Birds
    Although we didn’t see a kiwi, and we didn’t have time to go back and try another day, like we were offered. There were heaps of other birds there, the ducks that dove completely under the water and swam under the water was fascinating to watch, I’ve seen many ducks, but never any that dove so whole bodied under the water. The Kākā are beautiful and you could hear them as soon as you got close. The Kereru were beautiful and much bigger than you’d expect. All of the birds were in good condition and clearly well cared for.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Jules
    Diss, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    1st on my list was to go here
    Got off the plane from UK & went directly here despite 34hrs travelling. The kiwis put in an appearance several times. So many other birds,reptiles etc to see. Good value for money & enjoyed the various keepers talks,very interesting.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 December 2023
  • billgardner1
    Brampton, Canada18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun place to see kiwi birds
    This is a wonderful experience. They have two full grown kiwi birds, who are in a large area, and easy to see. They have natural earth where the kiwi can find normal insects to eat. They do a quite interesting tak about kiwis twice a day, well worth listening to. The rest of the bird and other critters is nice to see. We highly recommend this place to visit, if you are anywhere in the area. Inexpensive relative to other wildlife parks.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 December 2023
  • oceansnz
    46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing kiwi and more!
    Absolutely loved it. Thank you for all your efforts in helping keep kiwi in NZ. The kiwis are so special. Felt very lucky to see them. Loved the rest of the facility too. Gorgeous enclosures. Very happy to support this important work. You could definitely make a request to visitors for extra donations!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 February 2024
  • sunbonnettrio
    Vancouver, Canada6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Experience but you may not get great photos of kiwis!
    We appreciated their kiwi conservation efforts, and we learned a lot from the Kiwi Talk we attended with one of the staff people. Highly recommend attending one of these talks to learn more about kiwis - our staffperson leading the talk was extremely open to questions. Just adjust your expectations - we didn't know they were nocturnal and would be tough to see! Our pictures aren't the best but we did our enjoy our time here.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 February 2024
  • Janka K
    Brno, Czech Republic6,340 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pet kiwi feathers that are available as samples at the cash desk
    An amazing place where you find live kiwis, a lot of information about them and also some stuffed kiwis to imagine their actual size. And they are much bigger than I had imagined them to be. Live kiwis are hard to spot, because the animals are active during dusk and their living environment is darker. So don't be disappointed when you don't see them in the bright daylight. What I found especially nice about this place is an option to touch real feathers of 3 different types of kiwi. The feathers are available as samples glued to paper and the staff working at the place will show them to you after you ask. Besides kiwis, the place has a small zoo with other native birds and lizards of New Zealand.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 February 2024
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Vicki T
Hastings, New Zealand14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Very educational and interesting for all the family. Has a peaceful setting and an awesome Kiwi habitat and tour. This is the second time we have visited and loved just as much as the first time. Thank you
Written 26 February 2024
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Janka K
Brno, Czech Republic6,340 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
An amazing place where you find live kiwis, a lot of information about them and also some stuffed kiwis to imagine their actual size. And they are much bigger than I had imagined them to be.
Live kiwis are hard to spot, because the animals are active during dusk and their living environment is darker. So don't be disappointed when you don't see them in the bright daylight.
What I found especially nice about this place is an option to touch real feathers of 3 different types of kiwi. The feathers are available as samples glued to paper and the staff working at the place will show them to you after you ask.
Besides kiwis, the place has a small zoo with other native birds and lizards of New Zealand.
Written 24 February 2024
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sunbonnettrio
Vancouver, Canada6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We appreciated their kiwi conservation efforts, and we learned a lot from the Kiwi Talk we attended with one of the staff people. Highly recommend attending one of these talks to learn more about kiwis - our staffperson leading the talk was extremely open to questions.
Just adjust your expectations - we didn't know they were nocturnal and would be tough to see! Our pictures aren't the best but we did our enjoy our time here.
Written 19 February 2024
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oceansnz
46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Absolutely loved it. Thank you for all your efforts in helping keep kiwi in NZ. The kiwis are so special. Felt very lucky to see them. Loved the rest of the facility too. Gorgeous enclosures. Very happy to support this important work. You could definitely make a request to visitors for extra donations!
Written 10 February 2024
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billgardner1
Brampton, Canada18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This is a wonderful experience. They have two full grown kiwi birds, who are in a large area, and easy to see. They have natural earth where the kiwi can find normal insects to eat. They do a quite interesting tak about kiwis twice a day, well worth listening to.
The rest of the bird and other critters is nice to see. We highly recommend this place to visit, if you are anywhere in the area. Inexpensive relative to other wildlife parks.
Written 23 December 2023
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Jules
Diss, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Got off the plane from UK & went directly here despite 34hrs travelling. The kiwis put in an appearance several times. So many other birds,reptiles etc to see. Good value for money & enjoyed the various keepers talks,very interesting.
Written 17 December 2023
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Nathan
Liverpool, UK50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Newly moved to NZ, and keen to see some local birds - this place was great.
There are two kiwi habitats in the dark - you need to let your eyes adjust but you can see them if they are wandering (we saw them quite a few times).
In addition, lots of reptiles incl Tuatara. The aviary was amazing, with Kakariki, various ducks, and some elderly kiwi!
The talks were really good - we went to the Kiwi one and the Kakariki one, the latter of which you get to feed them.
The park was having some renovations done when we visited - so there were a few things shut, but that was completely fine and to be honest a reason to go back.
They have some very good values, including restoring bird populations as well as using sustainable practices.
We went to the Thirsty Weta after in Otorohanga, which was very nice.
Written 18 November 2023
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Jessica
Melbourne, Australia30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Although we didn’t see a kiwi, and we didn’t have time to go back and try another day, like we were offered. There were heaps of other birds there, the ducks that dove completely under the water and swam under the water was fascinating to watch, I’ve seen many ducks, but never any that dove so whole bodied under the water. The Kākā are beautiful and you could hear them as soon as you got close. The Kereru were beautiful and much bigger than you’d expect. All of the birds were in good condition and clearly well cared for.
Written 3 September 2023
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Bborell
Manurewa, New Zealand7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
Awesome native bird sanctuary. Unlike others I’ve been to around the country this is a bird sanctuary first and tourist attraction second not the other way round. Birds have much larger enclosures with natural settings, space to properly fly and places to roost. I found if you enter and stay very still and quiet for a while the birds tend to forget you and go about their business. For this reason small children might find it hard to get the most out of the birds but still worth a visit. Kiwi enclosure too seemed a decent size. Cameras in the nesting boxes also meant you can see what’s happening without disturbing them. Highly recommend.
Written 25 August 2023
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LSQRD1
Kent, OH807 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
This bird park was along our route through New Zealand. The Kiwi enclosures were nice and there were several other bird species on display. The exhibits were showing their age, in our opinion, and we liked the pond with the big eels. Overall, we were happy to see some native birds and if you are a bird lover, and in the area, it may be worth a stop.
Written 20 August 2023
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