Rainbow Springs Nature Park, Rotorua

(3.9/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web)
Animal and bird lovers should flock to Rainbow Springs Nature Park, a 9 hectare (22 acre) nature park and wildlife conservation center featuring many rare endemic species, a water ride, and a beautiful natural setting of native plants and streams. The fuzzy little flightless birds known as kiwis are the park's most famous inhabitants, and visitors can get up close and personal with the creatures during a kiwi encounter--a tour of the nursery and hatchery. Cool off with a ride on the big splash, spend time with birds in one of the park's free flight aviaries, or catch an exciting bird show. Your ticket allows you unlimited admission for the day, letting you return at night to observe nocturnal creatures. See Rainbow Springs Nature Park and all Rotorua has to offer by arranging your trip with our Rotorua itinerary builder.
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  • We called in to mainly to get a glimpse of the increasingly endangered kiwi bird. Our guided tour was super and while we entered a darkened area to try and spot the elusive nocturnal bird, sadly we on...  more »
  • After checking out the amazing kiwi conservation center of Rainbow Springs we planned to do a quick walk around the rest of the park and get on our way, 3 hours later, we were still wandering around t...  more »
  • Easy access to forest type walks with various NZ bird life and trout streams. There is a water slide ride but cannot comment as did not go on it.  more »
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  • A really lovely animal park, with an unmissable tour of the kiwi hatching centre. The information signs for each animal were much more fun and engaging than your typical animal park/zoo, which was good. We also enjoyed the (short but sweet) bird show and the log flume ride very much too. You'd be hard pushed to spend more than 3 hours here, but in that time there is plenty to keep you occupied!
  • Great place to go don't like the price. Cafe coffee is nice but food not much sad they don't sell hot chips for the kids. Need a change in food
  • Nice nature park on the outskirts of Rotorua. Lot of activities for kids. Good educational exhibits on kiwis. Nice water ride.
  • Good fun for kids. Entertaining bird show - it's a must see event. The kiwi encounter is very educational and we can actually see some kiwis up close!
  • Park focused on education and mainly accommodating for children. If you wish to see a kiwi up close, favor going in the evening as these are nocturnal animals and the kiwi encounter will not bring you much during the day (meaning it will bring info but you might not see a kiwi up close). Try to grab a discount voucher before going as it's pretty expensive.