If you want an authentic New Zealand experience, then visiting the National Kiwi Hatchery needs to be on your stack! Unique to New Zealand, kiwis are in danger in the wild – the National Kiwi Hatchery is the leader in preservation of this spectacular animal, experts in Kiwi husbandry, egg candling and chick rearing. Join them for a once in a lifetime experience to see the process of protecting this incredible species.
How can I see kiwis in New Zealand?
Located at Rainbow Springs Nature Park in Rotorua, the National Kiwi hatchery is an inspiring story of protecting an important species, hatching over 2100 kiwi chicks – in this thought-provoking and educational experience, you’ll get exclusive access to seeing kiwi eggs being incubated, the hatching process and, if you’re lucky, the amazing sight of newly hatched kiwi chicks! Learn all about the famous icon of New Zealand in a 45 minute guided experience through their conservation facilities. Explore their interactive kiwi burrow to learn all about the magic of kiwi’s, standing inside a human-sized kiwi burrow and inside a giant kiwi egg, and watch adult kiwi roam in the nocturnal house. If you want to dive deeper, take the behind the scenes tour and step behind the glass for a truly immersive experience. Join the hatchery team to get up-close and personal with the chicks, and even take a photo with them!
- Standard hatchery experience:
Adult $45.00, child (5 – 15 years) $25.00
Tours depart hourly from 9am to 1pm.
Duration 45 mins.
- Behind the scenes tour:
Adult $195, child (12 – 15 years) $175
Up to four people and only one departure per day at 12pm.
Duration 1 hour
Minimum age is 12 years.
- 1 hour 20 minute drive from Hamilton, 2 hour 30 minute drive from Auckland on State Highway 1 or 5.