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“Great Family Afternoon Out with 3 young children” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Owlcatraz

Owlcatraz
Main Road South, Shannon, New Zealand
06-362 7872
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Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Shannon
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Owner description: This is a bird wildlife park with owl house, NZ weka birds, a lake, wild salmon, mini train rides for the kids picnic area, gift shop, and giant cows lovely park, theres a pig that begs for food shhep and a deer called Grace.
Napier, New Zealand
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“Great Family Afternoon Out with 3 young children”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Good fun, helpful friendly staff and a beautiful safe place for youngsters to roam and explore. We also learned alot about the various santuary animals and of course owls.

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New Zealand
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5 reviews
“One of the best tourist destinations in New Zealand”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

From the time you arrive to a very welcoming greeting, to a great viewing of owls, a fantastic guided tour of the farm by a very knowledgeable and friendly guide to the most incredible glow worm caves.

Visited January 2013
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Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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“Wonderful experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We drove a long way from masterton to owlcatraz and got there for the last tour which they kindly added us in to even though it was full. We did the glow worm tour with the amazing Ross whose sense of humour and knowledge and enthusiasm for the glow worms became infectious. He put everyone at ease in the dark (where I must say he looked most handsome) and the glow worms were nothing short of magical. His animals are all well looked after as are his staff and Janette showed us round the owl enclosure which was gorgeous. We even got a free cup of coffee. Thank you so much - highly recommended

Visited January 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“SUPERB!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

We almost didn't visit Owl Catraz as from the road it didn't look too promising...we couldn't of been further from the truth. Janette, Ross and Don are fabulous hosts and so informative about everything going on around the park. The owls are kept in a incredible home, designed to be as close to nature as possible, which made it even more special to see them. The animal tour with Don was fantastic, he really knows the animals well and they clearly dote on him. All of this was topped off by a visit to the glow-worm caves. Ross has spent a lot of time researching them, and it shows! An unforgettable experience, the caves are an amazing sight and well worth doing. If you've got a few hours to spare then make the effort to go to Owl Catraz, the kids are still talking about it days later, and our son can remember all the stuff about the glow-worms as Ross made it so interesting, thanks everyone for a really special afternoon.

Visited December 2012
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Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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“Flippin awesome!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

This is our number one attraction now. We took the family, wife, 5 kids and me and we all loved it. The kids didn't moan about anything. They all had something they enjoyed about it. We loved the enthusiasm of the guides. Very very insiteful about owls and glow worms. The glow worm caves were AMAZING and the owls were so cute! The best day we had with the kids this holidays! Highly recommended! Take a picnic lunch with you. You won't regret going and you'll be glad you did.

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