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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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Kiwis and a walk through aviary

Kiwis are nocturnal so unfortunately they are in a very dark enclosure and are hard to see. We were lucky to be able to see a couple of them. There is a museum where you can view... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
Mary H
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New Braunfels, Texas, United States
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15 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

Any good tourist will have Waitomo Gloworm Caves on their agenda, but 14 kilometres (12 minutes north) the Otorohanga Kiwi House should not be missed because here, living in its nighttime kiwi house is a rare New Zealand spotted kiwi and a character she is. The little brown and ordinary brown are nice, unique and shy but Ms Spotted charges... More 

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

I have to agree a visit to meet 'Atu' the Great Spotted Kiwi will certainly show anyone kiwi have personality. Isn't it great to see NZ's national bird strutting its stuff and defending its territory? I also enjoy the more elusive brown kiwi. You may like to check out some of the great brown kiwi behaviour we've caught on video... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

To be honest, this was a spur of the moment visit after seeing signs while on our way to Waitomo Caves. It turned out to be worthwhile. We weren't there for feeding, but did manage to see two of the kiwis, Atu and Dale. Apparently Dale is quite shy, so the staff member was impressed he made an appearance. I... More 

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

Thanks so much for stopping by! You were privileged to spot Dale who is the kiwi equivalent of a teenage boy who only gets out of bed to eat. He is such a lovely kiwi and clacks his beak with real attitude. You raise an interesting point about expectations for people visiting any wildlife park. NZ's native wildlife can often... More 

New Braunfels, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Kiwis are nocturnal so unfortunately they are in a very dark enclosure and are hard to see. We were lucky to be able to see a couple of them. There is a museum where you can view mounted kiwis and purchase momentos of the experience. After going through the dark house, you then enter an outdoor aviary with lots of... More 

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

So glad to hear you enjoyed your visit ad were able to see kiwi up close. If you're interested in seeing more of some of our kiwi and other birds and reptiles, you may enjoy our FaceBook page. I particularly recommend the video "Koko and Kopu's Guide to Dating" which features the fine romance between two of our breeding kiwi.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

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

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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 and for helping us to carry out our conservation work. We hope you'll visit again soon. More 

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

How lovely to have you come and visit us again. Thank you for bringing your visitors with you. I'm glad you enjoyed the kiwi feeding. We are in the process of major redevelopment of our visitor facilities and establishing new aviaries etc. This will give us more flexibility and variety in the way we house and display our collection. Thank... More 

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

Thank you so much for your kind feedback. Our aim at the Otorohanga Kiwi House is to provide NZ's most personal wildlife experience so it sounds like we are making progress towards our goal. I'm really glad you enjoyed the kiwi feeding. We think it's really important for visitors to see kiwi defending their territory and interacting with keepers. If... 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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Otorohanga Kiwi... a, Manager at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting us. I'm glad you saw kiwi and took up the challenge of gecko spotting. We are indeed in the process of upgrading our facilities. As a not for profit charity we rely solely on ticket sales so thank you for helping us make some improvements. Hopefully we'll see you again in the future. More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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Otorohanga Kiwi... a, Manager at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, responded to this review

Wow! Thank you so much for your lovely blog post. That particular wooden bench is one of my favourite spots in the park. You an certainly relax in the sunshine and enjoy watching the birds go about their daily tasks. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again on your next visit. More 

Romsey, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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Otorohanga Kiwi... a, Manager at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to visit us. I'm so glad you let the staff know you hadn't seen one of the kiwi - the brown kiwi in particular can be a bit tricky to spot on occasion. We are indeed in the process of redevelopment of the park. We have a new nocturnal house under construction and will soon completely... More 

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

Thank you for visiting the Otorohanga Kiwi House. We really appreciate your feedback to us. We have been suffering the effects of a dry summer so we are all looking forward to the rain. The branches in buckets are browse intended for the birds to shred for their enrichment. Our team will definitely catch them sooner before they wilt and... More 

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