Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native...

Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park

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Clarissa Glaser

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice park, small cages, nice feeding tanks, bit expensive.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Jonathan Verschuuren

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Very interesting visit, great to hear about the various breeding programmes they have here to help rescue native NZ birds.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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David Crisp

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent views of Kiwi being fed, very active, also hand feeding of parrots. A must if you want to see Kiwi, Very good for children.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Flo and Frieda

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Very friendly staff, changed our booking two times for us, kiwi feeding was quite cool, fair price, areas and cages are quite small.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Iris Kerbler

Austria

Ranking: 8/10

Great to see real kiwi birds, there is a nice park to see birds, but not so spectacular.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Ben and Pauline

France

Ranking: 6/10

We have seen only one Kiwi but it was our first Kiwi! The rest of the park was not very interesting.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Carmen

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

The staff really knew their birds and reptiles. They also know their animal's personalities very well and were very informative. It was obvious that the staff really care about animals in their care. I love that it is also a non profit organisation.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Elise Boinnot

Ranking: 6/10

They do not have many kiwis. Probably 5-6 bit you see one, two or three at a time. I was a little disappointed because it was the main reason of my visit. Otherwise they have many bird species.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Jonathan Tuthill

United Kingdom

Ranking: 3/10

Expected to see many kiwi, they have two in the whole place!! Not worth the money.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Gloria, Rose & An

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

Great kiwis! Park is getting old, sad birds, getting used to people, wanted to get out of enclosure. They should update.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Marjolein Hartsuiker

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

We had a good look at the kiwi which we come for, but the other birds were less interesting because we had seen most in the wild. The kea were funny though.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Norm Cooper

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

Good place to see live kiwi up close. Have a Great Spotted and Brown kiwi on display. Also lots of other interesting birds to see.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Johannes & Katrin

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Interesting exhibition, nicely maintained. It was great to see two kiwi. The entrance fee of $20pp seemed too high though.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Helen_and_Lee

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

If you want to see a Kiwi up-close, then this has got to be one of the best experinces in NZ!

Firstly, I can completly recommend the Kiwi-watch that run's some evenings ($30). It's run by a volunteer and involves after-hours entry into a Northern Brown Kiwi enclosure (more like a park, it's pretty big). You then sit in a specially designed hide (no glass) that's level with a feeding area for the kiwi.

Obviously it's luck as to wether you see one of the pair that lives in this enclosure, but we were lucky enough to have 4 sightings of a male Northern Brown...... eating just 2 meters from my face....with no glass panneling inbetween us - pretty special! I was also lucky enough to have the very knowledgeable Paul, the park manager, volunteering that evening - who really knew his stuff...and brought us some tea :)
We also got to see a Great Spotted female - Tasman, who was incredibly friendly!

Onto the Park - if you go during the day I'd reccomend going at half 1 in the afternoon, as you get to see 2 kiwi's being fed then a further 2 kiwi's (as the nocturnal displays are swapped over in the afternoon).
The park's fantastic and provides a great oppertunity to see birds native to NZ up close. It's well designed and you get to see many species and a lot of interesting information for your money. There is also a large walk-through avairy, with kiki, parakeets, tui among many other native wildfowl.

A definate must-see!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Wim Van Gastel

Belgium

Ranking: 6/10

Expected more kiwis(Just 2) and couldn't take photos (not even without flash) - Bummer

Reviewed over 9 years ago

Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park responds:

Hi there, we have four Kiwi on display daily. At any one time you will be able to see two birds. Due to the birds requiring special conditions it is impractical to put more birds on display. We have a night time Kiwi Watch experience that allows you to view the birds at night from a hide in their own environment, you see more birds.
I agree the no photo thing is a bummer. But here’s why. The flash damages the birds eyes, which are adapted to low light environments only. The obvious question after that explanation is “Why can`t we take non flash photos?” A really good question, in fact it is one I asked when I first started work here! The answer is that too many people were having accidents meaning there were a lot of flashes going off. Deliberate or not it was distressing to the birds. Maybe some people were unfamiliar with their cameras or decided to take a photo anyway. The end result is no photos.....bummer.
My e-mail is manager@kiwihouse.org.nz; if you contact me I will send you some high res images of the Kiwi, and also some information on Kiwi Watch.
Regards
Paul

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skorn

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Great place to spot a brown kiwi. Larger than expected and it's really worth protecting them (like nearly everything!)

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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AnnickH

Belgium

Ranking: 7/10

Not that impressive, but still. You get to see a kiwi.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Martina

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

This is a fantastic bird park and the only place in New Zealand where you can see a Great Spotted Kiwi live! They always have two Kiwis on display that you can see, there is a huge number of nicely made bird enclosures with most of NZ's native birds PLUS NZ tuatara and geckos! We had a very nice day in the park and I highly recommend it to anyone that wants to see NZ wildlife without going into the bush!

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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IanM

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Loverly wee place.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Juliet Woodman

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

I came accross this place by chance and was amazed by it. The only other place I have seen live kiwis is in London Zoo! This place does such a good job as it describes the trees and habitat as well as the fauna. I was so priveleged to visit Mungatautre (I hope I spelt this right) soon afterwards where some of the kiwis have been released and bred sucessfully because of the huge fence keeping the preditors out. Thank you Kiwi House!

Reviewed almost 11 years ago