Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park

Waikato & the Coromandel Peninsula

This bird barn has a nocturnal enclosure where you can see active kiwi energetically digging with their long beaks, searching for food. This is one of the only places where you can see a great spotted kiwi, the biggest of the three kiwi species. Brown kiwi are also on display, and there's a breeding program for these birds here. Other native birds on show include kākā, kea, morepork and weka, and there's also tuatara, NZ's prehistoric reptiles.

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4. Waitomo Caves Visitor Centre

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5. Glowworm Cave

8.29 MILES

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6. Aranui Cave

9.24 MILES

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7. Ruakuri Cave

9.55 MILES

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8. Te Kuititanga-O-Nga-Whakaaro

10.98 MILES

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