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Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park

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Address: 25 Alex Telfer Drive, Otorohanga 3900, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7 873 7391
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Description: Since 1971 the Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park has been helping...
Since 1971 the Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park has been helping to save New Zealand`s national icon, the Kiwi bird. The Kiwi House is a not-for-profit organisation; all proceeds help support conservation projects. We guarantee that visitors will always see Kiwi, plus the largest private collection of native birds and reptiles in NZ.We are just 15 minutes from the world famous Waitomo Caves and 2.5 hours south of Auckland.
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I took some visiting international tourists here. I haven't been myself since childhood. We watched the kiwis being fed which was humorous and informative. The rest of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

A great sanctuary with a wide variety of birds, eels, geckos. Very helpful staff who did great info presentations!

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I took some visiting international tourists here. I haven't been myself since childhood. We watched the kiwis being fed which was humorous and informative. The rest of the grounds are lovely (although all very similar, as someone else mentioned a lot of ducks!) but I can see more work is in progress.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Up close and personal, that's the best I can say. If you really want to see a Kiwi bird up and active, this is the place. They do regular feedings about every 2 hours. And it's incredibly entertaining to watch the female large spotted one defend her turf "against" the worker who goes in to feed her and stir things... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

In visiting the kiwi house we were pleased to actually see a kiwi up close, even if the lighting was understandably dim. Out of the 4 enclosures we saw 2 kiwis up close. The rest of the park was quite disappointing with mostly ducks on display. My kids enjoyed a quick walk through and actually trying to find the lizards... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

You can see what I thought of this visit from this blog post https://jfb57.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/wooden-bench-at-the-kiwi-house/ It was a great experience for me. We also enjoyed wandering round and seeing all the work that is going on. In one enclosure the birds were trying to 'help' the keepers as they added more foliage to the cage.

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Romsey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Like many visitors to New Zealand, we were keen to see a kiwi but realised the chance of finding one in the wild is pretty well non-existent. The Kiwi House at Otorohanga certainly has a couple and once our eyes got used to the dark in the Kiwi House, the first one was easy to see and we delighted in... More 

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Masterton, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The park was quite unkept. the birds looked a bit sad. The shrubery was dry and there was dead branches in buckets that should have been renewed. Itcould be fabulous with some love.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Felt this was overpriced at $24 a adult. Fortunately we had an entertainment book so was a 2 for 1. Did enjoy seeing the Kiwi being feed but the rest was a bit ho hum

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Otorohanga Kiwi... a, General Manager at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to visit the Otorohanga Kiwi House. As a registered charity, you can be assured that your admission fee has helped us to care for NZ natives, educate people about conservation and breed natives for advocacy and release back into the wild. I'm really glad you found one of our promotions and this helped make the experience... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Plan your trip around the Kiwi feeding. They seem two have a feeding rotation and we were able to see two kiwis awake and eating, Atu (great spotted kiwi) and Kevin (little brown kiwi). They were both very cute and it was cool to see a live Kiwi on the "hunt" for food. The rest of the house was also... More 

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Otorohanga Kiwi... a, General Manager at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to visit with us. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing the kiwi up close. We also recommend people try and catch one of our kiwi feeding times (10am, 1.30pm, or 3.30pm) as it's neat to meet the keepers and find out about how they care for the animals. We're sorry we can't let people take photographs in... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

In fairness, I probably planned my visit poorly but my time was limited. I did get to see one kiwi, Atu, and she was so cute. I think if you can plan your trip around the feeding times then your trip will be more enjoyable, but even if you get just a glimpse of a kiwi then the trip is... More 

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Otorohanga Kiwi... a, General Manager at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, responded to this review

Thank you for making the time to come and visit with us! We certainly think the kiwi are very cute and they each have their own awesome personalities! I hope you can come back some time soon and see the rest of the park and enjoy a range of our keeper talks and feeding times. More 

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