Frequently Asked Questions (+ Answers)

» Where is the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park?
» How do I get there?
» What options are there for visiting?
» What are the opening hours?
» What does it cost to visit?
» Can I bring my classroom of school children to the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park?
» What is there for children to do?
» Can I bring a large group to the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park?
» What facilities are there for disabled people?
» What birds can I see at the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park?
» What reptiles can I see at the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park?
» What is your policy on photography and video?
» Can I bring my dog?
» How was the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park established?
» How is the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park funded?
» How can I get involved and help?

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 find the Otorohanga Kiwi House.

What options are there for visiting?

The Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park is open 364 days a year (closed Christmas day). Our Eco Tour opening hours are 9.00am–4.30pm daily (last entry at 4.00pm). You can either walk through the Park independently or take a guided tour.

What are the opening hours?

Please check our Eco Tour opening hours here.

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.

  • You will meet New Zealand's unique native birds and reptiles
  • It's the best place to see Kiwi with all day, close-up viewing
  • You can search for Tuatara in New Zealand's largest dome aviary
  • Feed our eels
  • The park offers a unique bush setting, which is easy for anyone to navigate
  • You can self-guide or take a tour
  • 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 per day. Our staff recommend a guided tour – find out more here.

What facilities are there for disabled people?

All tracks and paths at the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park are suitable for wheelchairs. However, we recommend that people in wheelchairs have someone with them to help if required. We offer disabled car parking, toilet facilities and free use of the Park's wheelchair.

What birds can I see at the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park?

When you visit us you may see the following birds:

Plus many more exciting and interesting native New Zealand birds.

What reptiles can I see at the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park?

Plus many more exciting and interesting native New Zealand reptiles.

What is your policy on photography and video?

Photography and video are prohibited in the Nocturnal House – the use of flash lighting upsets Kiwi on display. Elsewhere in the Park, you are welcome to photograph and video our birds and reptiles.

Can I bring my dog?

Only guide dogs for the blind are permitted within the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park.

How was the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park established?

We were established in 1971. Please read our Kiwi House Story here.

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

The Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park is owned and operated by the Otorohanga Zoological Society, a non-profit organisation that relies totally on admission ticket sales, volunteer contributions and external funding (both private and government based).

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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