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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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Natural setting for plants and animals especially the Kiwis.

A great way to see and learn about several variety of kiwi and other native species. Make sure you time your visit for the kiwi feeding times.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Only there because we saw the sign on the road e did not know what to expect. We were positively surprised and would recommend it to anyone. Seeing the kiwis this close up was really interesting and getting to see them fed and especially Atu interacting with her favorite caretaker was amazing. You should definitely stop by even if only... 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 stopping by! Isn't our Great Spotted Kiwi Atu fantastic to watch? She's much kinder to her favourite keeper than other keepers! 'Kiwi karate' sounds like fun but can be a bit tough with their powerful kicks and sharp claws. I'm glad you enjoyed hand feeding the red crowned kakariki (parakeets) at midday. They are surprisingly... More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A great way to see and learn about several variety of kiwi and other native species. Make sure you time your visit for the kiwi feeding times.

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

How great that you were able to visit us during one of our kiwi feedings times (10am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm daily)! Thanks so much for helping us to conserve NZ's unique native species. Please come back and visit again if you're in the area. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Absolutely fantastic, the feeding of the parks' 4 different breeds of Kiwi is a must see. The feeder gave a great talk about the habits and aggressiveness of the kiwis and they way they act. the feeder fed the kiwi's right next to the glass for everybody to see - and played with and patted the spotted kiwi and gave... 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. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing the kiwi being fed and interacting with keepers. It's great to be able to compare the differences between the Great Spotted Kiwi and Brown Kiwi we have on display in our nocturnal house. We're a charitable organisation that's dedicated to conserving NZ natives. As most NZ natives are birds... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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

Thanks for making the decision to come and spend some time with us. We're really glad you enjoyed your visit. We think NZ natives, especially kiwi, are pretty quirky and delightful with loads of personality so it's great to be able to share them with visitors. You may also enjoy some of the videos and photos on our FaceBook page... More 

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

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

Thank you for your kind comments and for taking the time to come and visit. We're so glad you enjoyed seeing the kiwi up close and seeing some of the differences between different kiwi species. We're a not-fo-profit charity so almost all the funds we generate go back into our breeding and conservation work which gives us a limited budget... More 

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

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

Thanks for visiting! I'm glad you enjoyed the whio enclosure and one of our walk through enclosures too. It's lovely to be able to see whio happily whistling to each other. Fingers crossed this new pair of whio will produce offspring this year! More 

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

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

Thanks so much for visiting! We're glad you had a chance to see the kiwi, Atu and Kevin, up close and enjoy their antics. Sadly we don't have a 'coffee shop' as yet so tickets to the Park are open for the day so people can visit one of the local cafe instead (5 minutes drive from the Kiwi House... More 

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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