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  • Address: 192 Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Hours: 8:30am-10pm daily
  • Admission: $40 NZ/adult and $20 NZ/child

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Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park Tours

Even though New Zealanders call themselves “Kiwis,” seeing kiwi birds in the wild is rare. At the Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, however, not only do you have the chance to see kiwi birds in the brush, but you can also learn the ways that baby kiwis are being reintroduced into the wild. Due to invasive predators, only 5 percent of wild kiwi birds will live through to adulthood, and proceeds from the Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park help to fund programs to raise the birds from incubation up through release.

While the kiwi birds are the undoubted highlight of a visit, over a dozen other bird species—including alpine parrots—rain their song from high in the tree branches of the park’s melodic flight aviaries. You’ll also find the primordial tuatara waddling its way across tree branches, and this fearsome looking reptile has a natural history dating back to the dinosaurs and beyond. Once finished with the bird song and reptiles, head over to the “Big Splash” for an educational journey mixed with aquatic adventure. Over the course of the nine-minute ride, not only will you learn about New Zealand’s biodiversity, but also be jettisoned at high speeds to create towering plumes of water. Since admission is valid for 24 hours, return at night for the chance to watch kiwis as they nocturnally emerge from their dens and be immersed in the squawks, thumps, and creaks of kiwis scuttling by night. 

Practical Info

Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park is located seven minutes north of Rotorua along the west shore of the lake. Opening hours are from 8:30am-10pm daily, and admission is $40 NZ/adult and $20 NZ/child, with family passes available for $99 NZ. The Big Splash tour is available from 10am-4:30pm, and live bird shows are every day at 11:30 a.m.  

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Rainbow Springs Entrance Ticket, Rotorua, null
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Rainbow Springs Entrance Ticket

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Bring the family to see New Zealand’s shy national icon, the kiwi bird, and enjoy unlimited rides on the Big Splash water ride at Rainbow Springs. Your all-day ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 2 to 3 hrs

From USD $27.35
Rotorua City Tour and 'The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua, Attraction Tickets
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Rotorua City Tour and 'The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Experience Maori culture, see the wildlife and natural wonders of New Zealand, and explore the magic setting for the 'Lord Of The Rings' movie trilogy on this ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible

From USD $186.63
Discover Rotorua Morning City Tour, Rotorua, Day Trips
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Discover Rotorua Morning City Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

Discover Rotorua's leading attractions on this five-hour morning tour. Highlights include the bubbling mud pools and steaming geysers at the Whakarewarewa ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.75
2-Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland, Auckland, Bus & Minivan ... 
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2-Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 58 Reviews

Immerse yourself in the otherworldly beauty of New Zealand’s North Island on a two-day escape from Auckland. From Rotorua’s famous geysers and the glowing ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $717.13

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