1. New Zealand
  2. Bay of Plenty Region
  3. Rotorua
  4. Rainbow Springs Nature Park

Rotorua: National Kiwi Hatchery & Rainbow Springs Tour

Product ID: 257862
Learn all about New Zealand’s intriguing national icon and the efforts of the kiwi husbandry team. See and discover what it takes to hatch and rear kiwi chicks and maybe see them in person. Take a tour through the Rainbow Springs Nature Park.
About this activity
Duration: 2 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Visit the world’s largest and most successful kiwi hatching and rearing centre
  • See behind-the-scenes of the incredible kiwi hatching process
  • Learn how kiwi specialists care for rare chicks in their nursery
  • Get up close with adult and juvenile kiwi roam in the purpose-built nocturnal enclosure
Full description
The National Kiwi Hatchery Tour is a special opportunity to gain insight into and view this highly regarded conservation center. From humble beginnings in 1995, the team has hatched, raised and released over 2,000 kiwi back into the wild, making The National Kiwi Hatchery the most successful in the world. Recently redeveloped with the visitor experience in mind, the hatchery boasts special viewing opportunities and is hosted by kiwi expert guides who ensure guests leave fully informed and all questions answered.

Learn all about New Zealand’s intriguing national icon and the efforts of the kiwi husbandry team, see and discover what it takes to hatch and rear chicks. Stand in a human-sized kiwi burrow, sit in a giant kiwi egg, and see real kiwi in the nocturnal enclosure. This ‘behind the scenes’ look into the internationally renowned conservation program is a must for all nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers!
  • 30-minute guided tour of the National Kiwi Hatchery
  • 40-minute guided tour of Rainbow Springs Nature Park
  • Taonga experience
  • Unlimited big splash rides
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

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Important information
Know before you go
• The National Kiwi Hatchery is located at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, just 10 minutes north of Rotorua city center
• The #1 city bus departs regularly from Rotorua Information Centre and stops right outside Rainbow Springs
• Hop-on-hop-off day passes are available for purchase at the Information Centre
• There is a free carpark onsite
• National Kiwi Hatchery Tours depart on the hour every day from 9 AM to 4 PM; your booking will be confirmed on the next available tour
Customer reviews
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It was very interesting to look behind the scenes at Kiwi Hatchery. Unfortunately we couldn't see a kiwichick - they are only taken out once a day. Children who took part in the tour were bored because there was a lot of theory.

January 14, 2020

Quite informative tour

January 5, 2020

Beautiful grounds and we got to see an 8-hour-old kiwi try to gain his footing. Also saw eggs getting ready to hatch. Great tour guide too. Well worth a visit.

December 19, 2019

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Product ID: 257862