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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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Awesome kiwi viewing

Visited recently with four grandsons aged 7 to 13 years. Whole experience very interesting and staff were exceptionally friendly, knowledgable and helpful.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We had a night in Waitomo after visiting the caves an had missed out on seeing a kiwi at Zealandia so decided to run in and try our luck here as a last minute addition to our itinerary. The kiwis were awesome and the birds were great. We were there for about an hour and a half to two hours... More 

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Hartsville, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

My wife and I planned a very aggressive three-day trip to New Zealand for months. I must admit that this little Kiwi House was not on my original schedule. It is a shame that I didn't know about it in advance and make this part of my plan. We arrived in Auckland early this same day and the plan was... More 

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Manukau, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Highly recommend if your wating t see native birds and reptiles ... awesome facility... only down side would be the cafe but i didn't really go there for that and town is literally 30 seconds away so cant mark down for that... Vary good aviaries particularly the Whio enclosure & the walk in enclosure

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The kids got up close to two kiwis (Kevin and Ata) and were lucky enough to watch the feeding with the very friendly and informative keeper. The staff were lovely, the park isn't too busy that you trip over people or have to bustle to see the birds, there's so much to see it's easy to spend a morning here... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Visited recently with four grandsons aged 7 to 13 years. Whole experience very interesting and staff were exceptionally friendly, knowledgable and helpful.

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

What an awesome way to spend the day with your family. The Otorohanga Kiwi House was developed as a small community's response to the conservation issues facing kiwi and other species in the 1970s. We have continued to breed birds and reptiles for advocacy and release since then. We are so pleased you took the time to bring your family... More 

Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This place is set up amazing with walk through aviaries, great exhibits, and a low-light exhibit to view the kiwis. The layout is very well laid out and is a great way to see New Zealand's native birds. Don't expect to be able to take a photo of a live kiwi, since there are no cameras allowed in the kiwi... More 

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

Thanks so much for your kind feedback! We're pleased you enjoyed your visit with us. We're a non-profit charity so we really appreciate your contribution to help us conserve NZ's unique natives. If you'd like to see more of our kiwi and other wildlife, check out some of the videos on our FaceBook page and follow some of the stories... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

As we didn't know that kiwis were nocturnal, we wanted so bad to see the tipical bird of NZ at least once. In the kiwi house we saw just one, as they are so shy, but it a was a great female, big and full of life, so we appreciated. They also have quite a big variety of bird NZ... More 

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

I'm so glad you didn't miss out on seeing a kiwi up close! One of the reasons kiwi are so interesting is because they've evolved to become nocturnal. The latest research indicates kiwi became nocturnal around 35 million years ago in response to competition for food from other birds active in the daylight. By becoming nocturnal, kiwi were able to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Kiwis operate in the night and are shy. We came just before feeding time and the biggest kiwi wasn't shy at all. We could see the kiwi defending his territory , picking at the 'feeders' pants and boots and not letting go until she went out of the cage. There were lots of other beautiful native birds and had a... 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 us! Brown Kiwi can be quite retiring and are certainly difficult to see in the wild. I guess that's why it's such a surprise for most visitors to see the Great Spotted Kiwi defending her territory with such vigour. I'm glad you got to spend some time with the kea and kaka and to... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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38 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We visited on a Saturday morning for the 10.00am feeding of the Kiwis. The wildlife manager explained what we would see and it was fascinating to watch her feed the Kiwis and the way they responded to her - especially for we NZers who mainly never get to see a Kiwi in the wild outdoors. The rest of the park... More 

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

Thank you for braving the cold weather to visit our Park! We'd love to see you again in the future! I'm glad you enjoyed the kiwi feeding time. Next time you visit you may enjoy some of the other keeper talks throughout the day. If you're interested in more about kiwi in particular, you can view some great videos of... More 

Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Even though they are currently doing renovations, the park is still functioning. My favourite part was the kiwi feeding time with the awesome Jess. She made sure everyone got a close up view of the spotted kiwi. And the eel feeding is interesting too. If ever in this town do not go pass with out visiting. It's a great wildlife... More 

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

Thank you so much for visiting with us. It was lovely to have you here! Glad to see you had a great time with Jess viewing the kiwi and enjoyed our eel feeding. Please come back and see us again and let us know what you think of our new look park. You may also enjoy some of our videos... More 

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Additional Information about Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park

Address: 25 Alex Telfer Drive, Otorohanga 3900, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7 873 7391
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Otorohanga
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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