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“Nicely priced and friendly staff”

Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
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Full-Day Waitomo Caves and Kiwi House Tour from Auckland including Lunch
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Owner description: 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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“Nicely priced and friendly staff”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2011

At $20 entry this is one of the more afford trips on the NZ tourist trail. I got to see my first Kiwi here. The lady at the desk 'Maureen' was extremely friendly and made us feel at home. If her boss is reading this give there a bonus or something! As for the centre itself, beyond the Kiwi's it's just another bird park for me. Although I would recommend they get some work done on the place as it's getting tired and dirty looking

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“Very informative and great viewings of Kiwi and other endangered native birds”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2011

This visit was a birthday present to me and included a 2 hour tour with Paul the Manager who really knew his stuff. The History of the Bird Park was explained along with how it works, what makes it tick and what they are trying to achieve. We were able to hold a Tuatara which was awesome and was offered the opportunity to feed the eels. It was a freezing cold day and we had some rain, but it didn't dampen the visit at all. In the Kiwi enclosures were brown and spotted kiwis that were fed at a certain time and they were very lively and clearly visible. They get no government funding for this place and they do a fantastic job. If you want to get up close and see some of New Zealands birds and tuataras and learn about them and the dangers they are in, then this is the place to go. There is no cafe there at the moment, but they are due to build one in May 2012 along with an education classroom. There is a coffee machine and Wc's and lots of information to soak up. Will be going again in the summer.

Visited July 2011
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“Great place if you love Kiwis!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2011

The bird park is a great place to take time out of the adrenelin of NZ. The height of the attraction is the Kiwis, If you want to see a Kiwi other than in darkness, then you need to visit this place as the ambient lighting is really good. We also did the Kiwi eco tour, where we were shown around the Kiwi bird reserve at night and came face to face with Kiwis with no glass in between us. Even though it was raining we thoroughly enjoyed the experience and felt honoured to meet the birds face to face and to me around someone who was obviously totally dedicated to these birds. We only saw one Kiwi in the hide but it was our decision to leave and felt totally the customer, we even had a cup of tea !!!

Kiwis represent NZ and to have seen them up so close and understanding them from and expert, was truly an experience not to miss. Thanks Jo

Visited July 2011
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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“Great Kiwi spotting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2011

My daughter and I had a wonderful Kiwi experience trip with Nancy. In the dark (with torches) we walked up the hill behind the kiwi house to a special viewing room where we waited (quietly) for two brown kiwi to appear. Following this fascinating experience we went to another area to view small and large spotted kiwi. Particularly enjoyed meeting Tasman, the larger kiwi - she was such fun. Nancy was a fantastic, friendly, well-informed guide. I'd recommend this trip as a great way to see, up close, these lovely birds.

Visited July 2011
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“Sad conditions for animals”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2011

We were excited to visit to see the special animals of New Zealand, but were quickly overwhelmed by the sad conditions of the animal enclosures. Several of the exhibits were in dire need of cleaning and maintenance. Several of the enclosures were also too small and unfit for the welfare of the animals, which was confirmed by the stressed behavior of the animals inside. It is sad to see these special creatures confined to this kind of existence. Even the flagship kiwi display was sad, with kiwis pacing around a small room without much natural space or natural habitat. It appeared that the welfare of the animals was not a priority.

This destination has a ton of potential to be really special, with a renewed focus on its inhabitants. Enlisting donors and volunteers, drastic upgrades to the enclosures and habitats, and a renewed focus on the animals and their humane treatment would benefit the animals and people alike. Customers want to see happy, healthy animals, not a sad side show.

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kiwihouse, General Manager at Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, responded to this review, June 8, 2011
Thank-you for the review. It was unfortunate that your visit did not meet your expectations. The Otorohanga Kiwi House holds the welfare of the birds and reptiles in its care as the first priority. The enclosures are of a size that adequately service the needs of the inhabitants. We have some of the best staff in New Zealand two of whom have dedicated 26 years each to the care and accumulation of knowledge in the breeding and captive management of New Zealand birds and particularly Kiwi. The park was established in 1971 and I do agree with you that some areas are in need of redevelopment, so the good news is that while we are going about our normal business improving and innovating the Kiwi House is about to undergo a massive transformation. This will include the entire park, I can provide details if you e-mail me! This will also provide us with a better way to tell the world about the many birds that have been bred and released to the wild, particularly the Brown Kiwi, The New Zealand Falcon and the Pateke or Brown Teal. Thanks for your time and don`t hesitate to pop in again if you are down this way!
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