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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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Hastings, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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
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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
8 helpful votes 8 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
33 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
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82 reviews 82 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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116 reviews 116 reviews
45 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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9 reviews 9 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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