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School visits to the Kiwi House & Native Bird Park – we’ll help you plan your trip

  • It's engaging and fun – there’s always something new to discover!

  • You'll learn how we help with the conservation of New Zealand's amazing native birds and reptiles

  • Lessons about our amazing natural history are followed by activities within the Park

  • It's the best place for children to see our national bird, the kiwi


During your visit students can:

  • Investigate how New Zealand's native animals are suited to their particular habitat and how they respond to environmental changes

  • Explore how living things have changed over long periods of time and that some living things in New Zealand are very different from living things in other areas of the world

  • Observe life processes common to all living things and investigate how these processes occur in different ways.


Combine your Kiwi House visit with a walk through downtown Otorohanga (just 5 minutes away):

  • See the entertaining & educational Kiwiana displays in the Ed Hillary Walkway and selected shop windows

  • Check out the corrugated-iron kiwi sculptures at both entrances to the town

  • View Kiwiana murals along the main street

  • Complete our light-hearted "Kiwiana Quiz"


Click here for your Otorohanga Kiwiana Town visit


Click here to Book your school trip to the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park


School visits to the Otorohanga Kiwi House are organised by the Waitomo Education Service. They employ a full-time educator to co-ordinate your entire 'Learning Experience Outside the Classroom' (LEOTC) programme. They also negotiate the best local prices for activities, accommodation and lessons.


Tailored programmes are developed in consultation with the visiting teacher to meet specific learning outcomes for NZ primary, intermediate and secondary students. The Waitomo Education Service regularly prepares programmes covering the Sciences, Social Sciences, History, Geography, and Tourism for all schools visiting the region.


NZ Primary & Secondary Schools ENTRY FEE: $3.00 per person (Children & Accompanying Adults)
TEACHERS: Teachers are FREE


Once you have made your booking, the Waitomo Education Service will email you confirmation of your programme including:

Visiting the Otorohanga Kiwi House

Visiting the Otorohanga Kiwi House

  • Pre-visit form (please complete and return prior to visit)

  • Programme timetable

  • Maps

  • Payment method

  • Risk Assessment and Management (RAM) forms

  • Student Activities Workbook*

  • Teacher Resource Book*.

[*available on request]


CONTACT: Waitomo Education Service


PHONE: 07 878 7642

FAX: 07 878 6184


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

PHONE: +64 7 873 7391


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