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Opening Times

Summer: 8.30am - 10.30pm (last entry 10.00pm)

Winter: 8.30am - 10.00pm (last entry 9.30pm)

Christmas Day: 8.30am - 5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm)

Cafe: 9.00am - 4.00pm every day

Kiwi Encounter Behind the Scenes tours: hourly between 10.00am and 4.00pm. You can also see kiwi in the open air night aviary from dusk each evening.

Big Splash: 9.30am - 5.00pm

Free-flight bird show: 11.30am every day. A 2.30pm show also runs during NZ school holidays and from 26 December to 31 January. Guests MUST be seated in the bird show auditorium five minutes before show times. Strictly no late admittance, as it can cause the birds to fly away!

Things to Do and See

KIWI - Kiwis are shy, ground dwelling creatures who only come out under the cover of darkness, but don't worry about missing them during your daytime visit to Rainbow Springs. We keep four of the little fellas in our nocturnal house during the day, and at night, you can meet four more in our open-air aviary.

For an added treat, upgrade your package to a 30-minute Behind the Scenes guided tour, and you can get up close to the three Kiwi eggs we have incubating in the National Kiwi Trust facility.

Seeing a kiwi while you visit Rainbow Springs is a MUST! Don't forget, your ticket is valid for re-entry throughout the day and night, and the night kiwi are currently coming out to play around 8.30pm.

TUATARA - If you want to see cold blooded guys move, make sure you visit at feeding time. We feed the juvenile tuatara at 9.30am every day, while the adults get their chance to show off while chasing their dinner at 1.30pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

TROUT - It's very relaxing to watch our trout swim. Come and see them chase and try to spot the GREAT BIG ones as they cruise the pools and streams throughout the park. Ever seen trout swim at night? Did you know that at night they swim in circles?

BIG SPLASH - From 9.00am to 5.00pm every day you can enjoy a relaxing and educational ride with a BIG SPLASH to finish.

CHAT TO JENNY THE KEA - Rainbow Springs noisiest and most popular team member, Jenny, will pop over to say hello and often yells at you when you leave. As one of the most intelligent birds in the world, it's worth spending some time with a Kea that loves meeting people.

WAIRERE CAFE - Coffee, tea, hot chocolate or a delicious ice cream with a waterfall view. There's plenty to keep the whole family happy at the Wairere Cafe.

MATAWAI - The Matawai is our connection to our South Island roots and, at 1.8 tonnes, it's the thing to see in Rotorua. Big, beautiful and lucky, so they say. Make a wish on the New Zealand jade and it might just come true.

SILVER FERN - Our national symbol, proudly growing in and around the park. This native fern is one of the star attractions in Rotorua.

ANTIPODES ISLAND PARAKEET - These endangered, native birds are cute, green and cheeky. They are comical little birds that are often overlooked. Hang around their aviary for awhile and they will come and check you out.

PLAYGROUND - One of the most popular playgrounds in Rotorua is located right next to Wairere Cafe, so you can put your feet up with a nice hot coffee while the kids play.