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Main Road South, Shannon, New Zealand
+64 6-362 7872
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A Nice Place to Visit

I'm not really sure what to make of this place, It seems that the owners are doing a lot of good... read more

Reviewed August 10, 2017
via mobile

We chose to visit on a day after there had been quite a lot of rain. We had read about Owlcatraz on... read more

Reviewed August 9, 2017
Norwich, United Kingdom
via mobile
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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 good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“glow worms” (19 reviews)
“farm animals” (13 reviews)
“guided tour” (9 reviews)
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Main Road South, Shannon, New Zealand
+64 6-362 7872
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Reviewed August 10, 2017 via mobile

I'm not really sure what to make of this place, It seems that the owners are doing a lot of good for abandoned animals. In my opinion the cost was extortionate at $90 with a 25% discount! The staff couldn't have been any nicer, and...More

1  Thank JessieJames2
Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

We chose to visit on a day after there had been quite a lot of rain. We had read about Owlcatraz on their website - perhaps I should have checked TripAdvisor first. Whilst the owner was friendly enough, we felt that we had been misinformed...More

Thank TravellngTrish
Reviewed June 11, 2017

Staff were friendly and helpful but we felt the tour group was too big, made difficult to hear, and went far too long. We didn't go to the glow worm cave and didn't even know about it until reading other reviews. We did go on...More

1  Thank Kiwiintheus
Reviewed June 10, 2017

I had visited Owlcatraz about 10 years ago, and decided to visit again as we were passing through. The bush and grounds are really nice, but they have an odd way of showing people through in little tour groups, and it is expensive ($60 for...More

Thank Duncan W
Reviewed April 29, 2017

This is a fantastic place in the village of Shannon. The hosts that own and run Owlcatraz have done an outstanding job restoring the native vegetation and ecosystems and creating a haven for the native birdlife. Considering this is a small family run place, the...More

1  Thank TheBismarck
Reviewed April 18, 2017

Paid $60.00 for 2 adults and 2 preschoolers. Did the farm walk and saw 1 kunekune pig, few chooks, 1 deer, 1 goat, 3 alpaca, few eels, and lots of ducks and that is all the farm walk.. then they showed the owls that cannot...More

2  Thank kevnjazz
Reviewed April 7, 2017 via mobile

We were travelling though, cool little spot for a look at some pretty amazing birds. We only did the owl house, however this was very interesting. Very beautiful place to visit.

Thank Derwent M
Reviewed February 6, 2017

Firstly parking was not a problem and the staff were friendly and helpful, but that's where the plus points ended. You are not allowed to wander around at your own pace, as you are accompanied by staff on a guided tour. There is a building...More

1  Thank David S
Reviewed January 20, 2017 via mobile

We paid $25 each for a 40min loop of 10 birds. 5 weka and 5 owls. Was told this included a farm walk but we were told to head back after viewing the owls. Very disappointing and overall daylight robbery. Was not impressed.

1  Thank kekenz
Reviewed January 4, 2017 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.

Thank SJayC1977
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