Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, Ngongotaha

4.7
#4 of 18 in Wildlife in Rotorua
Take an up-close look at birds of prey at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, the first and only site of its kind in New Zealand. Stop by the center's museum to discover the history of falconry and learn the important role the karearea falcon plays in the native Maori culture. Take a peek into the incubation room to see newly hatched chicks, and then enter the main aviary, featuring threatened New Zealand falcons, hawks, and owls. Afterwards you can attend the daily falconry show and see the birds in full flight. Book a guided tour for a behind-the-scenes look at the breeding, research, and display facilities. See Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre and all Rotorua has to offer by arranging your trip with our Rotorua planner .
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  • Loved these beautiful birds and amazing free flight show of a gorgeous falcon. Definitely worth a visit - also supporting care of the wildlife.  more »
  • Excellent afternoon spent with the birds of prey, just a few minutes from central Rotorua but well worth going. Kids will loved these birds.  more »
  • Well worth it. Get there at 1:30 in time for the display at 2pm. This is so informative and incredible to see a falcon in action. We even got to have a turn with the glove and enjoy Hisan on our hand!...  more »
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  • A warm friendly place to visit and see amazing birds of prey. The free flying session at 2pm is outstanding
  • Wingspan is an absolute delight for anyone who has an interest in animals or conservation. The live demonstration was wonderful - the staff are passionate and knowledgeable and I found myself totally engaged watching these amazing birds do their thing. Spend an afternoon here, and you'll find yourself pointing out birds of prey everywhere you go in New Zealand. Truly beautiful animals, great people - I loved this place.
  • I've been to a lot of bird rescues and Wingspan is up there with the very best. Their location is pastoral and beautiful, their falcon show is the best I've ever seen, and their trainers are down-to-earth, extremely friendly, super smart and very dedicated. The birds themselves are charmers and very visible, with opportunities for more up-close encounters. Visiting Wingspan was the absolute highlight of our NZ trip.
  • Fantastic place for seeing falcons and moreporks. 2pm flying training offers hands-feeding opportunity. Great place for bird lovers!
  • Wonderful work, great experience for kids. Easy pop in visit.

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