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Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, Ngongotaha
Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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. Put Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre into our Rotorua vacation generator to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Rotorua.
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We visited here on a Saturday about 1pm, as the falcon flight display takes place at 2pm. Parking is on the halfway onto the grass, and can get a bit muddy after some rain. The place looks like it cou... read more »
Of all the things we did in Rotorua- my 9 yr old son loved this the best. The chance to get this close to NZ's endangered falcon! Very inspiring place - great opportunity to support awesome NZ conserv... read more »
If you want to pay $25 per adult to watch one type of Falcon cut some laps then this is the thing for you. I was expecting something like the Taronga Zoo in Sydney flying display but this fell well sh... read more »
Great learning experience and has that feel-good factor knowing you're helping fund the rescue and rehabilitation of one of New Zealand's endangered species. Excellent thing to do with your family, the kids will love the opportunity to have a Falcon on the glove 'eating out of your hand'. Plenty of great photo ops too :)
One of the most informative bird places I have been to. The two birds on show were beautiful and the two presenters were sooooo interesting. A must do if you have an afternoon in Rotorua. Easily found too. Just remember, your entry fee helps their work of helping sick/injured birds continue. A must see.
I love this place! Every time I visit Rotorua with anyone, I always make sure to take them along. The keepers are all incredibly friendly as well as knowledgeable, the birds put on a different show every time (cheeky critters!) and you can even have a falcon feed from your hand. Never gets old, just go, you won't regret it. Be there by 2pm for the flying show!
Interesting and informative. Highly recommended.
Sadly we visited too early in the day (11am) and were advised the 'main event' was at 2pm. We were welcome to view displays and aviary and come back later in the day but sadly that did not suit our plans as we needed to head homewards. I will send a donation as keen to show my support but was disappointing as we were looking forward as a family to experience the birds of prey. So if you are planning to visit plan to be there early afternoon.
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