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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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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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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113 reviews 113 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

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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56 reviews 56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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 

Auckland, New Zealand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We stopped here while driving past and it was a very pleasant surprise. The staff are great and everything is very well kept and beautiful. We managed to be there for a kiwi feeding and it was a fantastic experience! The giant spotted kiwi was so lively and excited when the staff member was placing the food tubes into the... 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 managed to stop by and meet all the colourful characters at the Kiwi House! Thanks so much for visiting with us and helping us to carry out our conservation work. More 

Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

It's a little bird sanctuary and has areas being renovated so it's looking a little run down. But the staff were great, the kiwis were amazing when you could finally spot them. There are a lot of other local wildlife including a friendly pigeon, inquisitive parrots, owls and some really cool geckos up close. Eels are hard to see if... 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 coming to visit. You may be interested in finding out more about characters like our cheeky wood pigeon through some cool videos we've put on our FaceBook page. We've even got videos capturing kiwi romance at its best! More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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112 reviews 112 reviews
15 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Didn't know whether to go here , so glad we did . It was great . The staff made it all very interesting and it was a delight to see the kiwis and how well they are being looked after . Many other birds of interest too. Nice shop. Loved it!

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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! It's a real privilege for us all to share kiwi and NZ's other unique wildlife with visitors. I'm so glad you enjoyed your time with us. If you're interested in finding out more about the quirky characters of our wildlife, you might enjoy some of the videos on our FaceBook page. Hope to see... More 

Feilding, New Zealand
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

The family went to the Kiwi house on our holiday, great place, the Kiwis (and other birds) were great to view, very active and worth the visit. We were able to leave get some lunch and come back to fit in with the feeding times, thank you staff. Good to see the recent work and that there was ongoing upgrading... More 

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

It was lovely having you with us for the day. Glad you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again in the future! More 

Brisbane, Australia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
19 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We stopped here on our long drive south to Taranaki so we caould see a real live kiwi. The nocturnal house is a reliable place to see a few kiwis, once your eyes adjust to the gloom. They do look like cartoon characters! The rest of the bird park is a bit run down and ordinary. Its OK for a... More 

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

Kiwi sure are characters to watch up close! Thanks so much for visiting us. We're a not-for-profit organisation so your visit has helped us to not only breed kiwi and other native species but to also upgrade our facilities. You may have noticed the new Nocturnal House under construction and the area being cleared for our brand new reptile enclosures.... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We stopped by this park as a detour from Waitomo and it was the best impulse decision we could have made. In all our tours around nz we had never seen this many birds at such close view. We saw three kiwis from one metre away in great night lighting, and a large number of other species of beautiful birds.... 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! Glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us. If you're keen to see some more of our wildlife and their antics, you might enjoy some of the videos on our Facebook page. Hope to see you soon. More 

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