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Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park

25 Alex Telfer Drive, Otorohanga 3900, New Zealand
+64 7 873 7391
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Otorohanga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This was our second visit to the Kiwi House. You can spend an enjoyable hour or two wandering around seeing the huge variety of native birds here and learning about their history, and the breeding programs run through the House.

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

Thank you. It's great to have you back with us again. Next time you visit you will hopefully be able to see more kiwi on display in our second nocturnal house which is currently under construction. So glad you enjoyed your visit. More

Huntly
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

My first impression was freshness, greenness, ample park space, a few BBQ and picnic tables and cleanliness. No such thing as off-peak season here visit any day you will not be disappointed. We came in our waka's (vehicles) the whole clan from Hamilton Dessert Springs Community Center put on a Hono mai event for families. Such a tropical place to... More

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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. It was lovely to have you with us - despite the rain! I hope your moko have some fond memories of our unique NZ wildlife! More

Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I had been here many years ago and was surprised at how much it has improved. It was great to see the kiwis snuffling about (previously, we hadn't seen one of them) and there were plenty of birds in the outdoor aviary, many of which were wandering about with us. The native bush gardens are beautifully maintained and a pleasure... More

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

Great to have you back to visit us again. We have been working really hard to upgrade the Kiwi House so that visitors have a more personal experience - getting up close with our birds and reptiles and getting to interact with our staff. I hope you'll come back and see us again soon. Keep an eye out for our... More

New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I expected to see more kiwis (and other birds in the aviary) and I do think the admissions price is a bit much for what you get. It's a rather small complex. I will say that CJ was great and very informative, friendly and knowledgable.

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

Thank you for visiting us. We are a not for profit organisation that is funded solely by visitors like yourself. Please be assured that your visit helps us to care for the natives in our care and to breed kiwi and other species for release back into the wild. More

winchester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Think these guys are doing an amazing thing for the rare kiwi. Would recommend a visit to help the kiwis. Saw 2 awake in the kiwi house, son was very happy. Not too expensive and nice bird park. Would be great to modernise but I am sure all money goes direct to helping the animals.

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

You are absolutely correct. As a not-for-profit organisation, all our money does go into caring for our wildlife so we can breed kiwi and other species for release into the wild or for advocacy. The great news is that the income generated by visitors like yourself and grants and donations from our small community, have meant we can now finally... More

Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The staff are friendly and helpful. Because we were staying in the campsite we were given a discount on the entrance fee. We were able to come and go between the park and campsite throughout the day so we could be at all the feeding times. We were surprised to find that there are forty eels as they were not... More

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Inverell
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The staff at the Kiwi house were so accommodating and friendly. Talked to me about Kiwi's for as long as I needed. The kiwi house is well set up for visitors to view these delightful nocturnal creatures. Well worth a visit.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

When we travelled to NZ North Island, our son had one thing on his ToDo list - See a Kiwi. The Kiwi House at Otorohanga was highly recommended to us by several people over the last few years. It was excellent! Plenty of wildlife for the kids and us parents to see.+ several Kiwis busily going about their business :)... More

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Perth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We couldn't believe how great kiwis were until we visited this place. To see kiwi following the keeper and pecking on her leg to get food was priceless. It was so much fun as the bird was behaving more like a puppy. Shame taking photos was not allowed inside of the kiwi enclosure :( We saw other birds and lizards... More

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

Thank you so much for your feedback. Glad you enjoyed your visit. It's a shame we can't allow photography in our nocturnal house as camera flashes and other lights startle the kiwi. The good news is we have some awesome high quality images on our website and FaceBook (OtoKiwiHouse) that you can download as a reminder of your visit. You... More

Taumarunui
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

A must see for anyone passing this way. We were fortunate to see the Kiwi wake up in the morning and then watch as Kiwi are put to bed at night. What an experience! Check times on arrival. Educational and interesting. We have taken many family and friends through this venue.

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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 and bringing visitors with you to share the experience. Your visits enable us to feed and breed kiwi. We hope you'll love the new developments we're making this summer. We have a second nocturnal house under construction at the moment and have cleared the site for a new dedicated tuatara enclosure. You may like... More

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