Otorohanga Kiwi House – Red crowned kakariki

Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park Frequently Asked Questions
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Where is the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park?

It's in the small rural town of Otorohanga, centrally located in the North Island and easily reached from Auckland (2 hours) Hamilton (1 hour) Rotorua & Taupo (1½ hours) and Waitomo (15 minutes).


How do I get there?

Check out the location and directions to the Otorohanga Kiwi House.


When can I visit?

The Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park is open 364 days a year (closed Christmas day). Our opening hours are 10:00am–4:00 pm daily. Last admission to the park is 3.15pm.


What does it cost to visit?

Please check out our ticket prices here.


Can I bring my classroom of school children to the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park?

Yes! We conduct an education programme that links to the National Curriculum, plus many other fun, educational activities. To find out more see our Education page.


What is there for children to do?

The Otorohanga Kiwi House is a great place for families and kids.


  • Meet New Zealand's unique native birds and reptiles.

  • See kiwi with all day, close-up viewing.

  • Search for tuatara in New Zealand's largest dome aviary and watch red crowned kakariki and other native birds fly all around you.

  • Listen to our keeper talks, learn about how we care for our animals in the park and in the wild - there's something happening all day!

  • The Park has a lovely native forest setting, with paths that meander past wetland areas, aviaries and ponds

  • Over the summer, why not bring a picnic and enjoy beautiful Rotary Park just opposite the Kiwi House. There are picnic tables and seating and lots of room to safely run and play.


Can I bring a large group to the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park?

Yes! We don't have a restriction on visitor numbers.


What facilities are there for disabled people?

Please let our team at the front counter know if you are hearing or vision impaired, have mobility or sensitivity issues, or phobias, on arrival. Our team will arrange support for you to access the park safely and in particular the nocturnal enclosures.

We are currently developing better access for visitors with mobility issues.
There is a disability-compliant toilet on site, car parking for the disabled and a standard wheelchair available for visitor use. However, because our pathways are surfaced with limestone chip and some are sloping, we do recommend you bring a friend to assist you around the Park.

What is your policy on photography and video?

Photography and video are strictly prohibited in the nocturnal enclosures – the use of any light source upsets kiwi on display. This includes lights from displays on mobile phones and camera focus guiding lights. Elsewhere in the Park, you are welcome to photograph and video our birds and reptiles. Please ask Kiwi House Crew members before taking photos or videos with them in the picture.


Can I bring my dog?

Due to the effect on our wildlife, only certified guide dogs for the blind are permitted within the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park.


How is the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park funded?

The Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park is owned and operated by the Otorohanga Kiwi House Charitable Trust a registered charity and non-profit organisation that funds 90% of its operating expenses from admissions to the park and volunteer and community support.


How can I get involved and help?

The Kiwi House & Native Bird Park welcomes your involvement and assistance to preserve New Zealand's birds and reptiles for future generations.



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Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
20 Alex Telfer Drive, Otorohanga 3900
New Zealand

38°10’45.4”S  175°12’48.3”E

PHONE: +64 7 873 7391




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