Kiwi Birdlife Park, Queenstown

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Get a sense of the uniqueness of New Zealand nature at Kiwi Birdlife Park, a zoo and wildlife conservation center that's home to 23 species of birds and reptiles found only in this country. Take a self-guided walk or free audio tour of the bird-filled forest and grounds, or explore the model village to see how Maori communities lived on the island 500 years ago. The park has a full schedule of events, including four kiwi feedings daily, special encounters with other resident creatures, and wildlife and conservation shows where visitors can learn about actions taken to protect these special animals. By using our Queenstown trip itinerary planning site , you can arrange your visit to Kiwi Birdlife Park and other attractions in Queenstown.
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  • The Kiwi Birdlife Park is situated in a former rubbish dump next to the Gondola main entrance. The owners bought it, cleared the rubbish and planted native trees in the hopes of attracting native wild...  more »
  • Really nice park. I think admission was a bit high, but all the proceeds go back to running the park, so I feel good about the price. We went for the kiwi bird feeding at 10, walked around the park a ...  more »
  • A beautiful little park that very nice work carried out: they try the Kiwi population and other endangered bird species. You have the possibility to see Kiwis (though in the dark because the night animals), but that too is fascinating! We are at the moment of the Kiwis, with a lot of explanation about the animal was given and was ample opportunity to ask questions. Also the Conservation Show was very informative! Top!
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  • A bit pricey entrance ticket but worth every penny if you know the money goes into good use of the people who work in the park/conservation. The conservation show and kiwi bird feeding were both excellent. My husband and I had a great time in the park walking around checking out all different types of birds! You can feel people who work there have such a passion of conservation and the shows were quite entertaining as well! I don’t normally like zoo but this is the very few exceptions that I do enjoy!
  • While tickets can feel pricey, this is the only ticket you’ll buy in Queenstown that makes such a positive impact on the beautiful surrounds you’ve been visiting. Admission and donations are all that fund this conservation organization. They breed kiwi birds for release into the wild and rehabilitate all sorts of native endangered species from owls to parrots. They also plant native species of plants on the property. We visited the kiwi exhibit at Te Puia in Rotorua and the birds were hiding in their huts. Here they have kiwi feedings every two hours so that you are sure to see them out running around in their pens (even though kiwis are nocturnal, they are awake during business hours for visitors because they’ve switched the lighting so as to make it dark during the day and light at night). The park takes great care in the design and upkeep of the exhibits to keep the birds entertained and prepare them for introduction into the wild. The wildlife show every other hour is also good fun and involves up close viewings of the main animals. Kiwi feedings and shows are spaced every other hour so you can do one, have a half hour or so to walk the park, and then see the other show. Gift shop proceeds all go toward supporting the conservation efforts. Buy some opossum fur products too to help rid NZ of nasty kiwi bird egg and other native species-eating opossums. Help support this wonderful organization!!
  • Excellent place for a visit to see real Kiwis. I saw the wildlife talk and they have amazing trained owls and other birds. Also don't miss the live kiwi feeding at certain times of the day. Really informative and friendly little family run place.
  • Me and my partner had a great time seeing the kiwi bird they were really active and very vocal. The bird show was cool and very informative it was cold out so they had the blankets and hot water bottles ready for us that was a great idea. It was pricey but remember this bird sanctuary isn't Government funded so they need all the help they can get. The staff at the park were also very helpful and happy. If your visiting Queenstown make sure you stop in and see the birds and the before and after photos of what it used to be prior to becoming a bird sanctuary.
  • The park is small for the ticket price. The only factors that make up are the live birdshow and the kiwi-feeding. Therefore you should plan your visit so as not to miss these sessions. We only spend 2 hours in the park and that was sufficient to attend both shows, try the honey-tasting and walk around to see other birds.

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To enjoy views of Lake Wakatipu in a luxury setting, try one of the many boutique and long-established hotels of the downtown area. As a resort town, Queenstown also offers a range of more modest accommodations, ideal for adventurers, backpackers, and those eager to spend more time outside than in. These come in the form of hostels, rental apartments, campsites, and suburban motels. A good local bus service provides connections between the downtown and suburban areas, and out to the surrounding attractions, and many accommodations offer package tours.
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