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Owlcatraz

Main Road South, Shannon, New Zealand
06-362 7872
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Shannon
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: This is a bird wildlife park with owl house, NZ weka birds, a lake, wild salmon, mini train rides for the kids picnic area, gift shop, and giant cows... more » Owner description: This is a bird wildlife park with owl house, NZ weka birds, a lake, wild salmon, mini train rides for the kids picnic area, gift shop, and giant cows lovely park, theres a pig that begs for food shhep and a deer called Grace. « less
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Napier, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I went out of my way to visit this place as I had been before many years ago and wanted to see the whole thing again. When I got there I inquired about a tour, and mentioned that I especially wanted to see the glow worm caves. I was told that I wouldn't be able to do so for another... More

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Ellerslie;Auckland
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48 reviews 48 reviews
29 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

My sister suggested a visit as my children had not visited glow worm caves. We were not disappointed. Guides were very knowledgeable and the owls were amazing to see up so close. The glow worms were simply amazing, once our eyes adjusted to the light the guide led us thru the caves. Wear good walking shoes as it is steep... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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61 reviews 61 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

I have always wanted to go here and I was not disappointed. Sure there were some ordinary farm animals that frankly you can see in other places but there were some more interesting ones such as the deer. The guide was very knowledgeable and the animals came very close so you could see them easily. We went to see the... More

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UK
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109 reviews 109 reviews
40 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

4 of us visited in February. Not sure if we were just unlucky but I thought it was very overpriced to look at a few owls in a barn essentially. We thought there would be many birds and varieties of owls to see, but there wasn't. I think the idea is great and the owners are very passionate, but other... More

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Levin, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Owlcatraz is so called because apart from many ordinary farm animals, this centre has some native birds; weka and bellbirds as well as the Ruru ('morepork' owl). But the reference to Alcatraz is the fact that they have the old Shannon jail on site. It was decommissioned in the 1960's with the threat of demolition so the Campbells bought it.... More

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Los Angeles
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

I had not seen so many owls during the daytime before. The place was several large barns with low ceilings and daylight shining through cracks between the boards. It was a wonderful way to display the birds.

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Wellington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014 via mobile

Unlike a previous reviewer, we were not warned that the tour would be inappropriate for young children (we had a 19 month old and a 3 month old). So they happily took our full admission price even though we ended up not being allowed to see the owls at the end! The first part of the tour, we were shown... More

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Wanganui, New Zealand
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Great day trip! This place has so much more than just the owls. On our arrival we were met by Joey the cockatoo that jumped onto each of our shoulders in turn. The guides are excellent, very informative and fun. The forest walk is lovely and you get to interact with some lovely animals and birds. The owl house itself... More

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Nelson, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

We were driving by the entrance in our motorhome when my partner spotted the Owlcatraz sign and decided to turn in on a spur of the moment decision. So glad he did! This has been one of the main highlights of our two months (so far) on the road. Don and Ross were excellent guides and we learnt so much... More

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Feilding, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

We recently went to this place, because my niece was in NZ from the UK and simply loves most animals. The people at Owlcatraz were very helpful, open and keen to make sure we all had a good time. Our guide, who had 'worked' there for 18 years or so told us he had not worked a day while spending... More

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