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Owlcatraz, Shannon

#14 of 29 in Parks in Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Wildlife Area Nature / Park
Get to know the animals at Owlcatraz, a native bird and wildlife park boasting an owl house and numerous other family-friendly attractions. The New Zealand owl calls the park home, and guides are happy to explain the animal's habits. Walk through habitats of the endangered North Island weka, or feed the eels and ducks in the wetland area. Descend into the Wairuru Caves only to find the darkness lit by glowworms. Kids will enjoy the miniature train and farmyard tour. Rest your feet in the cafe or unpack your lunch in the picnic area. Make Owlcatraz a centerpiece of your Shannon vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Shannon itinerary maker.
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  • Staff were friendly and helpful but we felt the tour group was too big, made difficult to hear, and went far too long. We didn't go to the glow worm cave and didn't even know about it until reading ot...  more »
  • I had visited Owlcatraz about 10 years ago, and decided to visit again as we were passing through. The bush and grounds are really nice, but they have an odd way of showing people through in little to...  more »
  • This is a fantastic place in the village of Shannon. The hosts that own and run Owlcatraz have done an outstanding job restoring the native vegetation and ecosystems and creating a haven for the nativ...  more »