The kiwi encounter enables members of the public to view our
rare and increasingly endangered North Island Brown kiwi (Apteryx
australis mantelli) first hand as they interact with one
another and forage among the fernery looking for tasty tidbits.
kiwihouse has a reversed light cycle as the kiwi are nocturnal
birds, and generally only come out at night. We encourage
visitors to view the aquarium for at least quarter of an
hour before taking a tour of the kiwihouse to enable your
eyes to adjust to the lower light levels found inside.
This will make your experience much more rewarding than if you
had walked straight in from outside, which is unavoidable with
many other kiwihouses around New Zealand.
Kiwitours are conducted on demand between 10am and 4:45pm daily
and we would recommend that you view them before 2:30pm as after
this time they have been known to go to bed early!