Explore Rainbow Springs, New Zealand's largest and most successful kiwi conservation center. Wander through the paved pathways with native plant species, see live kiwis in an open environment, watch an entertaining bird show, and view the exotic tuatara—a descendant from the time of the dinosaurs.
Start your day of discovery by wandering around the lush garden landscapes featuring various plant species, like the black fern – one of the largest tree ferns in the world – and the huge imported redwoods. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like rainbow lorikeets, emus, and wallabies.
Next, come face to face with the tuatara, survivors from an order of reptiles that has been around for more than 225 million years. Wonder at this remarkable creature that can survive for more than a year without eating.
Don't miss the enjoyable Bird Show filled with fascinating facts and the engaging antics of colorful exotic parrots such as the macaw, Amazon parrots, and the cockatoo. Be mesmerized as the feathered entertainers show off their amazing intellects and skills with a range of games and tricks.
Continue to the Kiwi House, a purpose-built facility that mirrors the birds' natural environment. Because these magnificent and mysterious birds are nocturnal, the Kiwi House is dimly lit during the day as though by moonlight, giving you the opportunity to view this curious bird as close as possible as it forages and feeds.