Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, Ngongotaha
(4.7/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Wingspan is a project aimed at saving the native NZ Falcon. Its a little bit out of the way, but with GPS and tours able to take you there its an easy 25 minute drive from town. When we went they did ...  more »
  • An awesomely amazing place with highly knowledgeable staff. We loved our visit so much we became members! Definitely a "must do" for visitors and locals! 
  • We could learn much about the hawks, how they behave when hunting. The staff was very friendly and entertaining.
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  • 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!
  • Great staff and the birds are rewarding. Exciting for New Zealand.
  • 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.