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“Nice walk, lovely 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.
Reviewed October 16, 2013

We hadn't planned on going to the Kiwi House but were given a voucher for a discounted price by the Waitomo tour operator we had been at that morning so decided to take the time to visit. Overall the place is a bit tired looking but the staff were lovely, friendly and helpful. Didnt see the kiwi but as we are NZ'ers we have seen them before! Was a nice walk around the park area.

Thank Sandra T
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

As we were not able to visit anywhere at night to see kiwis in action, we were so pleased to see active kiwis up nice and close during the day. They were snuffling around right near the glass and so we were able to observe them closely for a time. There are no photos allowed, though, because of the flash. We were also lucky enough to arrive at feeding time for the keas and kakas (11am). The keeper was very friendly and informative and I would recommend timing your visit to feeding times. Opposite the Kiwi House there is a lovely little park with bbq's, where we could sit to have our picnic lunch before continuing on our travels. It's not too badly priced, but we managed to find an online voucher that gave us 50% off the entrance fee.

Thank Trevor C
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

My goal in NZ was to see a kiwi and I missed them at the zoo so was delighted that they came right up to the front of their enclosure and snuffled around, seemingly just for us. It was delightful. We went back at the end and they were much shyer, hovering at the back so were were lucky. I loved wandering around and looking at all the other birdlife, especially the accosting by a cheeky plover and learning all about N'Zs birdlife. Recommended,

Thank Bad_Seed4
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

The Kiwi House visit during the day was good, but the best part by far was the 'Kiwi Watch' experience the previous night. This must be booked in advance. We arrived at 6.30pm to see massive flocks of starlings swirling and settling in the trees around us, just as it was getting dark. We could hear Ruru (owls), Weka (a flightless native bird) and of course, Kiwi. Our volunteer guides, Chris and Chris, gave us a short talk about the Kiwi before leading us into the nearby bush to where there is an underground hide. We descended into the hide and waited for three kiwi to come out and feed. The awesome thing about this was that they were inches away from us, at eye level! We stayed there for an hour or so, watching their comical antics as they came and went. After this we left the hide and went to an indoor viewing room, from where we watched 'Tasman', a female Great Spotted Kiwi feeding in the undergrowth outside the windows. Our 12 year old grand daughter was enthralled. She was also very happy the next day, when we had red-crowned Kakariki eating out of our hands.

Thank Lynx X
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

Was hoping to actually see the real Kiwi birds in New Zealand but was disappointed at the Auckland Zoo. Finally get to see the real and active one at the Kiwi House!!! My advice is to check the feeding time on their website first and be there at that time. Because kiwis like to stay in dark places and are afraid of noises. They might be hiding or sleeping if wasn't feeding time. We are lucky to see the kiwis picking their food and running around. Only two kiwi birds are displayed there but you'll get to see a lot other birds and lizards (if you like them).

Thank babywin627
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