We were disappointed in this stop, but perhaps a combination of high expectations and unpredictable wildlife conspired against us -- perhaps can't blame the venue. The setting is lovely for a walk and the cafe provided decent value for lunch. We found the entry price a bit steep (we have 3 teens with us but they wouldn't give us a family rate because of the age of our kids, so it was $67 to get in), and several of the aviaries were closed and empty. For those that did contain birds, we could not always spot them. (Should we think of it as a zoo where you see wildlife, or as a birdwatching experience where you may not see anything?) Even in the Free Flight area, we only spotted a few birds at a distance and certainly didn't "engage with them" as the advertising might suggest. In the kiwi house, we knew it would be dark (nocturnal birds) but didn't expect it to be so dark that we literally could barely see the one brown kiwi. The white kiwi was asleep (despite signs saying their days/nights had been reversed -- it was our midday), so we could just see the edge of it, curled up in a burrow. There are various shows/demonstrations on site but our visit timing did not correspond with them and we didn't want to stay long enough to wait -- they were spaced apart in terms of timing. If we'd been willing to be more patient, stay longer and take advantage of the walking trails, we might have enjoyed it more. As it was, it has become a bit of a family joke -- an overpriced bathroom, lunch and walk stop.
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