Another couple questions:
1. What's a fair amount of time to set aside for the Center?
2. Has anyone done the Behind the Scenes Tour? What did it include? Do you get to see the kiwi closer? Can you choose what you get to do or is it set?
Thanks so much!
Thank you everyone! Very helpful!
I've been twice, once with a guide and once without. The guide was amazing and told the stories of the birds as we went past the various enclosures and really brought it all to life. She also helped us to find the birds in their enclosures, and told us more about the kiwi rescue programme. We booked in advance and had to get there on time for the start of our tour. The second time I didn't go with a guide because my visitor wasn't too bothered about birds, really, but it was a good stopping point on our journey. Then she fell in love with the place and we really enjoyed our walk around, but did not see so many of the enclosed birds or get the stories. She adored the white kiwi and we spent the rest of our holiday searching out souvenir kiwis! Allow a couple of hours at least.
I would suggest a minimum of two hours for the walk around the enclosures and having a look in the Center itself - maybe three hours. There are often talks an various subjects and feeding times where birds are being fed in public.
Haven't been behind the scenes, but you certainly can see the kiwis in the dark house, one of them is actually an albino and its plumage is quite shiny.
Not sure of the answer to your second question as we did not have a guide. I am not sure that you could get any closer to the kiwis as they are behind a glass barrier. Everything is very well signposted and we were given a guide map when we paid our entry fee. We loved the eel feeding ...
Hi there. I would suggest 2 hours minimum and you could easily use 3 - 4 hours, especially if you do the full scenic walk (the views are worth it). I haven't done the Behind The Scenes Tour though so I can't comment on that sorry. Cheers, Marianne.
Time spent depends on how much you wish to see and how fast you move through the beautiful bush walks and then explore the centre itself. We like to read the information and take a leisurely pace ... 3-4 hours at least. Up to you. We enjoyed a picnic too, at one of the tables on the spacious lawns outside the centre.
Not sure on your second question, but with the first one half a day should be good.
2 1/2 hours would be enough to do a nice visit but you could easily amuse yourself there for an afternoon or morning with a coffee at the cafe thrown in. Its cold under the trees so bring a jacket and good shoes.
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