3 Rankers Reviews
7 Bird Watching
The Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre is a place where people can visit and see birds of prey up close during interactive flying displays, hosted by the country’s leading experts. The daily 2 pm free-flight displays showcase the spectacular flights of these amazing birds of prey and are a unique educational experience enjoyed by adults and children alike.
North Island ▷ Rotorua Region ▷ Rotorua
There's nothing grandiose about Wingspan but you'll leave with the feeling that you experienced something special. The people are passionate about NZ birds of prey and it rubs off.
Seeing the falcons, hawks and owls in the aviaries is nice but the real bonus is the falconry display. Watching the birds and their handlers working and hearing the stories is a gift. You even get the opportunity to hold the birds and look into their eyes.
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Fantastic experience and fantastic value at only $20 for adult entry. You get to see NZ falcons, owls and harriers in their large enclosures and a flight show where you can see and learn a lot about the falcons and how they are trained and exercised. The facility captive breeds endangered birds. The information provided is great and we also got the opportunity to have the falcon land on our gloved hand. It was a fantastic experience all round.
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I really enjoyed this experience, I think one of the things that really stands out is the obvious passion the people at Wingspan have for their birds. All the birds look very healthy and happy too. It is so good to witness the ancient art of Falconry here in New Zealand with a native endangered species. I'd recommend this to anyone remotely interested in birds.