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Owlcatraz

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Address: Main Road South, Shannon, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 6-362 7872
Today
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Description:

This is a bird wildlife park with owl house, NZ weka birds, a lake, wild...

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.

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Very good visit

The family run business is very interesting and staff very knowledgable and informative. Was great to be able to walk through the animal enclosures and to see the farm animals... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
SJayC1977
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Rochester, United Kingdom
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Rochester, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The family run business is very interesting and staff very knowledgable and informative. Was great to be able to walk through the animal enclosures and to see the farm animals around the estate.

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Thank SJayC1977
Wellington, New Zealand
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29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived late in the day as they were about to shut but because we had German tourists with us, the owner gave us a personalised tour of the jail and the owls. Very pretty environment and very informative from a super friendly host. Definitely recommend it. Love the animal names and complementary tea and coffee.

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Thank ktpie18
Palmerston North, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

A very friendly welcome on arrival at Owlcatraz today This continued with a great explanation of the tours and surounding area We took the one and a half hour tour which was really great and even as an adult I totally enjoyed the leasurely stroll through the bush areas finding the frog on a log etc all hidden for us... More 

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Thank jane542016
Whanganui, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

We decided to visit owlcatraz as we did when I was younger and it was great. This time not so much ! The staff were all very lovely but the whole experience dragged on for a lot longer than we feel it needed to . We had my grandparents with us who aren't too great on their feet and the... More 

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2 Thank nicoledeane
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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79 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

The Owlcatraz farm is full of different animals, who are very friendly. I think that is good for kids, but even myself had a really nice time patting the donkeys and lamas. The owls usually sleep during the day, so you can see them just sitting around and not moving. Almost like these dead bird models in museums. The best... More 

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Thank Natalia S
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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58 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

The owl/ruru enclosure was large & interesting, nice to be close to the birds. It wasn't as good as I expected. Tho it is kind they made the enclosure circular so the owls can circle & not have to keep stopping at corners. The glowworms cave was a breathtkaing experience & well worth the visit alone. The guide was a... More 

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Thank Beth L
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016

Very friendly and informative staff. Glow-worm cave was great - Don was an excellent guide. The kids love their 'pokehimons' :-)

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Thank Joseph M
Wellington, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2016

We visited Owlcatraz all the way from Wellington in the school holidays and although warmly welcomed and quickly put on a tour, it was rushed and the young lad who took the tour seemed bored and disinterested rushing us through the park. The concept is great and when we finally reached the owlhouse after observing some ramshackle weka enclosures and... More 

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Thank Penguin_sus
hampshire, UK
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37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2016 via mobile

We visited with hope, though the name should have given it away. First stop the small animal enclosure where your first meeting was with what was clearly a deeply depressed miniature horse in a tiny bare enclosure. It got worse with rabbits encaged on boards with no space to run about. We were all deeply upset by the ramshackle nature... More 

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4 Thank tresure
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2016 via mobile

Having driven past numerous times we felt it was time to visit. Not expecting a great deal making a false assumption that because it was off the beaten track it wouldn't be more than a hobbyist display. However to much surprise it was a great labour of love of the owners and staff who clearly look after the animals in... More 

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