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. 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 visited while the water ride was out of order and although that didn't bother us, not intending to use it, we were each given $5.00 discount off the entry price as well as a senior rate which impre...  more »
  • Easy to get to, short lines and you can see the kiwi. Great for seeing some of New Zealand's wildlife.  more »
  • We saw a kiwi. Lots of other sights to see. Birds a plenty. Guide was helpful and polite. Highly recommended.  more »
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  • It's not a bad place,if this 9 minute ride which we didn't end up doing. Plenty to see here but they didn't have the bird show on but was told to meet at the bird show entrance and we would be taken to the eel feeding. A few people waited and waited and no one came so we all went off in our different directions! Also better check what shows are on what days,there's show only on certain days
  • Got to see kiwi!! I came here twice specifically for the kiwi. The first time was on a night tour so we could experience the park after hours and when the kiwi are awake. The second time we did the kiwi tour which was really informational! I went late April which is the end of incubation period so there weren't any baby kiwis to see but it was still cool to see the behind the scenes. The tour is only an additional 10 NZD so do it!!
  • 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!
  • The kiwi birds are great and there is something to do for all ages even in the rain. Seeing the kiwi birds at night with the rest of the park lit up is lovely
  • Very interesting place. Was really hoping to see a kiwi but they didn't come out until after 9pm. Sadly I couldn't stay.

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Rotorua has a range of different accommodations, mainly centered around the lake itself. In this downtown area you will find luxury hotels and hostels, many benefitting from good views of the surrounding scenery. Farther out of the town, comfortable motels offer those with a car a good option for setting up a base from which to explore the area. Campers and others wanting to enjoy the outdoors as soon as possible can opt for campsites and RV parks, all best accessed by car or taxi.
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