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Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre

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Address: 1164 Paradise Valley Road, Ngongotaha, Rotorua 3072, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 7-357 4469
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Wingspan is well worth the visit. The centre is only +/- 15 minutes from Rotorua. Heidi and Neil both gave very informative talks on the amazing Karearea (NZ Bush Falcon) The... read more

Reviewed May 18, 2016
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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Reviewed May 18, 2016

Wingspan is well worth the visit. The centre is only +/- 15 minutes from Rotorua. Heidi and Neil both gave very informative talks on the amazing Karearea (NZ Bush Falcon) The flying displays were brilliant to watch and being able to wear a glove and feed these wonderful birds was the highlight of our visit. They also care for injured... More 

Thank Jill_445
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Reviewed May 17, 2016

Didn't actually visit the centre but instead had an encounter with Shaeena a Karearea (NZ native falcon) and her handler at the Museum. An awesome experience which has left a lasting impression of these magnificent endangered New Zealand native birds

Thank FoodieF55
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews
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Reviewed May 16, 2016

Did you know that the New Zealand falcon is rarer than the Kiwi? You must visit this wonderful place. It's just lovely, and run by people for whom the care of their birds is a genuine labour of love. Their birds feature on the new $20 bill too :)

Thank SpotDot
Waiheke Island, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed May 12, 2016

The highlight is the flying displays at 2pm. Be there for that. The falcons are amazing birds.Watching them learn to fly and hunt so they can be released back into the wild is very informative.

Thank motuhome
Auckland, New Zealand
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81 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed April 29, 2016

We planned to visit after being at Agroventures but sadly we were too early in the day (11am) for the main event (feeding). Staff were friendly though - told us what was available to look at and suggested we look through and come back later in the day but we decided to just come back if we were able. As... More 

Thank Tintin4
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99 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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Reviewed April 28, 2016

Set in the prettiest valley Wingspan is a refuge and breeding place for falcons and birds of prey. So admire their dedication to this cause and amazed they receive NO GOVERNMENT funding as saving the NZ Falcon imperative! The show was an hour of informative as well as spectacular displays of native falcons. You can tell the presenters are passionate... More 

Thank ElsaMiro
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Reviewed April 27, 2016

We recently visited Wingspan and would thoroughly recommend it. Perfect for bird lovers. You can view the aviaries before the feeding and flying demonstration start. There is also a small museum. Great staff make it engaging. Lots of children were there when we visited and they LOVED it.

Thank HelenmrTauranga
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Reviewed April 27, 2016

The people running Wingspan were enthusiastic and very welcoming, right from the moment we purchased our tickets. The 2pm show was the definite highlight, lots of fun but also very interesting to learn about such a wonderful native New Zealand bird. Great for kids who will be given the opportunity to have a hands on experience with the native falcon.... More 

Thank Julia D
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21 reviews
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Reviewed April 25, 2016

These guys are doing an amazing job promoting the cause of our native falcons. The 2pm show should not be missed by bird lovers. The trainers/staff are amazing, they make the show informative, fun, and interactive. The birds showcase the skills they are being taught at Wingspan, to be able to survive back in the wild when they are released.... More 

Thank NZRochelle
Rotorua, New Zealand
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Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

I was looking for something to do with my son during the school holiday & came across wingspan. First,I didn't expect it to be enjoyable for me (I'm not really into birds or conservation) but I was wrong. The show was very informative and interesting. I and my son learned so much about falcon, our very own nz bird. The... More 

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