Rainbow Springs Nature Park, Rotorua

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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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Rotorua holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Rainbow Springs Nature Park and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • October 12, 2017
    Kiwi eggs ready to hatch, scientists acting out their roles in a glass fronted room like a living exhibit and an enthusiastic guide, made for an unusual and interesting experience! Rest of the park wa...  more »
  • October 11, 2017
    We took the ‘behind the scenes kiwi experience’ . We were so lucky , we got to see a kiwi begin to hatch from it’s egg. We could not see the whole place because of bad weather, but we enjoyed our visi...  more »
  • October 11, 2017
    Visited Rainbow Springs with my wife and two girls aged 8 and 6. There was something for all of us there. Even if the weather isn't the best, they provide umbrellas so you can carry in exploring witho...  more »
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  • July 7, 2017
    Place for : education "Hi there, let me introduce myself, my name is Milka" said my Indonesian tour guide, " today I will walk you around this place and tell you the amazing story about the floral and fauna that are special in New Zealand" This place offer anybody who want to visit it a fully packed of educational facts, from the floral that are native in New Zealand, the fauna included the trout, birds, tuatara, and the special kiwis that are also native. And the horrifying facts about the almost extinct of the kiwi birds. Don't forget to also taste the clean, pure and refreshing spring water here. Come with a positive attitude to learn the facts, and this place is a very great one to visit
  • September 17, 2017
    First big spring water fish pond after ticketing enough to give the 'wow' factor. Bird santuary and other facilities show age and a bit small. Nice 40min walk around family friendly place.
  • September 23, 2017
    We had a great time, my son had so much fun having baby talk with the Kaka... and protecting his apple. Really close to the birds, lots of great informations, Bird show ladies awesome. Perfect morning!
  • September 11, 2017
    Great place to get close to Kiwis, Rainbow Trout and various other birds. I would give it 5 stars, but several exhibits/attractions were closed.
  • July 29, 2017
    Thoroughly enjoyed it. As an Aucklander I am ashamed to say that this was much better than the Zoo. The animals here actually look happy and the bird show was awesome. Well worth the money.

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