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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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Cool birds, Great staff

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Romsey, United Kingdom
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Romsey, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

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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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

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 

San Francisco, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

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 

Athens, Georgia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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 

Te Puke, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Loved the Kiwis and the Owls. Nothing to dislike. Once all the renovations and extensions have been finished the place will be amazing. I think a coffee shop would be a great success.

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

Thank you so much for visiting us! We're really excited about our renovations and can't wait to open our new-look facilities including our interactive kiwi exhibition space and second nocturnal house. We hope you'll enjoy your next visit even more. Having a cafe on site sounds like a great idea too! More 

Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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118 reviews 118 reviews
44 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We decided to take a friend from the UK to see a 'Kiwi". I had been myself many years ago and remember I was disappointed but hoped it would be better by now. Unfortunately I was not overly impressed. We saw one kiwi up close and one way back in its enclosure, So very important note, if you wish to... More 

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

Thank you for visiting with us again and your feedback. We agree with you wholeheartedly about the need to excel as a tourism destination. You are quite right that we are in the midst of a large facilities upgrade. As a not for profit organisation we rely entirely on our income from admissions, volunteers and community support, so we are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

Normally my kids find anything remotely educational 'boring' but here they were completely enthralled! Feeding eels, seeing our national bird kicking the keeper to get him out and away from his lunch had them in stitches! Hand feeding birds in the aviary was also really cool

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

So glad you and the family enjoyed your visit! It's quite a sight to see a great spotted kiwi defending their territory vigorously. It certainly makes us proud to call ourselves kiwi too. Thanks for helping us to keep caring for these feathery bundles of joy. Check out our FaceBook page if you're keen on seeing some of the antics... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I went there today and must say, this is the first attraction where I feel like I would like to get my money back. NZD 24.- for one kiwi and a lot of ducks is not much. Some of the the animal sheds were in a bad condition (my subjective view) and others were - full of ducks. I really... More 

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

Thanks so much for your feedback. We're sorry your visit didn't meet your expectations. You might like to contact us directly to discuss your experience further. We do have a number of wild ducks that come into the Park at times. We also have quite a range of NZ native waterfowl such as the brown teal, blue duck and Campbell... More 

Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This is a lovely peaceful tranquil place to visit. We really enjoyed seeing the Kiwi's. It is well worth visiting in time for the Kiwi's feeding times (1.30pm and 3.30pm) the lady who fed them was extremely knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions we had. Very reasonably priced for entry and the gift shop was very fairly priced too.... More 

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

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit with us. If you enjoyed meeting the kiwi, you might be interested in checking out some videos of our quirky characters on our Facebook page. We hope you'll visit us again in the future! More 

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