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Owlcatraz

Address: Main Road South, Shannon, New Zealand
Phone Number: 06-362 7872
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Shannon
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Owner description: This is a bird wildlife park with owl house, NZ weka birds, a lake, wild salmon, mini train rides...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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.
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English first
Rotorua District, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

This had been on our bucket list for some time and I am so glad we got to spend a fascinating two hours here. The staff were so knowledgable and passionate about their roles and responsibilities within the park and were keen to share their enthusiasm. We we came away knowing so much more about the owls and how they... More 

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Krabi Town, Thailand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I have been to a few wildlife parks and sancturys in my life where you go in you pay some money and have a look around, by yourself and that just it. Owlcatraz was in all way different and brought new meaning to the term wildlife park. I paid 30 dollars for a two hour tour which was an absolute... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I visited Owlcatraz with my 6 year old grand daughter on Saturday. I was not sure what to expect but could not get over the warm welcome we recieved, the passion of the guides and learning so much about the birds. I was also loved walking through the well maintained bush areas and to see the birds in their natural... More 

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Hastings, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Visited with friends, one of whom had been waiting to visit for years (she's an owl lover). Decided to do the full tour, as we were there anyway, not knowing quite what to expect-we were very surprised and pleased with the experience. The staff's passion for what they do is very apparent, and all very knowledgeable. Would recommend ringing beforehand... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Went to Owlcatraz with my wife and friends today, what a passionate bunch of people. Great tour through the glow worm caves that they made themselves with kiwi ingenuity and a ton of number 8 wire. My wife nearly cried when she saw the first of the owls, she's loved them forever and is still glowing. The rest of the... More 

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Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Myself and my partner Dane decided to stop off at Owlcatraz today on our way home from Palmerston North. We have driven past SO many times but never thought to stop. Today we had some time on our hands so we thought we would check it out. I will be honest, when we arrived, my expectations were not high, but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

I really love the place. The owners have made a great effort to keep the park up and running. They were very kind to us and being foreigners ourselves made them try their best to make ourselves feel more than welcomed. The glow worm cave is an amazing place. I really recommend this place

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Napier, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
34 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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