Plan your day at Rainbow Springs.

Get ready for a wild day out as we've got lots of Animal Encounters for you to discover!

There's always more to see and do at Rainbow Springs.

Check out the daily Animal Encounters schedule below and join our wildlife team to get close-up with some of our favourite park residents. Animal Encounters are FREE with your Day Pass!*

Don’t forget to swing past our café any time for coffee, snacks and lunch to keep you going throughout the day. We've got a fabulous new menu on offer including whitebait fritters, lamb burgers, summer tomato soup, sandwiches, salads, cakes and icecreams! You can also bring along your own picnic to enjoy in the park and there’s a large kids playpark and the Big Splash ride right next to our picnic tables! 

* Excluding Kiwi Encounter Behind the Scenes Tours

Today (Thursday)

9:00am

Canopy Birds Encounter

Meet at the Tui Aviary

Walk into our canopy aviary and watch us feed our birds! Watch the natural ground foraging behaviour of the kākāriki, hear our tūī sing and see our huge kererū up close.

9:30am

Juvenile Tuatara Feeding

Meet at Reptiles' Rock

Don't miss the opportunity to come face to face with this living fossil.

10:00am

Exotic Birds Encounter

Meet at the Exotic Birds Aviary

Come down to our colourful exotic bird exhibits and talk to the bird keeper about the species we have on show and their individual quirks. Watch lorikeets get their favourite nectar feed, watch us enrich different birds and if you are lucky one may even talk to you!

10:30am

Water Dragon Close Up

Meet at Reptiles' Rock

Meet our reptile keeper at the exotic reptile area, see an Australian water dragon up close! Interactive at keeper’s discretion.

11:30am

Bird Show

Meet at the Rainbow Arena

Come and see our exotic birds in action! Guests MUST be seated in the Rainbow Arena five minutes before the show starts.

more info

1:00pm

Kea Encounter

Meet at the Kea Aviary

Meet at the kea enclosure through the front entrance, and help our bird keeper enrich our very clever male kea! Watch them solve puzzles for food rewards and learn some handy new tricks from the keeper.

1:30pm

Native Reptiles Encounter

Meet at Reptiles' Rock

Watch our native geckos and skinks get fed and learn what makes them unique to New Zealand.

3:00pm

Trout Feeding

Meet at the Trouts' Eye View

Meet the keeper at the underwater viewer and grab a handful of fish food to feed our giant trout.

3:30pm

Morepork Encounter

Meet at the Morepork Aviary

Learn all about this silent night bird from her keeper, and see what she's having for dinner!

Friday

9:00am

Kākā Encounter

Meet at the Kākā Aviary

Meet our bird keeper at the kākā enclosure to watch our playful bush parrot play with enrichment items and get fed.

9:30am

Juvenile Tuatara Feeding

Meet at Reptiles' Rock

Don't miss the opportunity to come face to face with this living fossil.

10:00am

Weka

Meet at the Weka Enclosure

Meet our keeper at the weka enclosure. Watch the notoriously shy and endangered North Island weka sneak up to grab food and puzzle over enrichment items.

10:30am

Blue Tongue Lizard Close Up

Meet at Reptiles' Rock

Meet our reptile keeper at the exotic reptile area; see an Australian blue-tongued lizard up close! Interactive at keeper's discretion.

11:30am

Bird Show

Meet at the Rainbow Arena

Come and see our exotic birds in action! Guests MUST be seated in the Rainbow Arena five minutes before the show starts.

more info

1:00pm

Kea Encounter

Meet at the Kea Aviary

Meet at the kea enclosure through the front entrance, and help our bird keeper enrich our very clever male kea! Watch them solve puzzles for food rewards and learn some handy new tricks from the keeper.

1:30pm

Adult Tuatara Close Up

Meet at Reptiles' Rock

For the last 65 million years the tuatara has been the only remaining species of an ancient order of reptiles that once share the earth with dinosaurs...come and learn more.

3:00pm

Trout Feeding

Meet at the Trouts' Eye View

Meet the keeper at the underwater viewer and grab a handful of fish food to feed our giant trout.

3:30pm

Morepork Encounter

Meet at the Morepork Aviary

Learn all about this silent night bird from her keeper, and see what she's having for dinner!

Saturday

9:00am

Canopy Birds Encounter

Meet at the Tui Aviary

Walk into our canopy aviary and watch us feed our birds! Watch the natural ground foraging behaviour of the kākāriki, hear our tūī sing and see our huge kererū up close.

9:30am

Juvenile Tuatara Feeding

Meet at Reptiles' Rock

Don't miss the opportunity to come face to face with this living fossil.

10:00am

Exotic Birds Encounter

Meet at the Exotic Birds Aviary

Come down to our colourful exotic bird exhibits and talk to the bird keeper about the species we have on show and their individual quirks. Watch lorikeets get their favourite nectar feed, watch us enrich different birds and if you are lucky one may even talk to you!

10:30am

Water Dragon Close Up

Meet at Reptiles' Rock

Meet our reptile keeper at the exotic reptile area, see an Australian water dragon up close! Interactive at keeper’s discretion.

11:30am

Bird Show

Meet at the Rainbow Arena

Come and see our exotic birds in action! Guests MUST be seated in the Rainbow Arena five minutes before the show starts.

more info

1:00pm

Kea Encounter

Meet at the Kea Aviary

Meet at the kea enclosure through the front entrance, and help our bird keeper enrich our very clever male kea! Watch them solve puzzles for food rewards and learn some handy new tricks from the keeper.

1:30pm

Native Reptiles Encounter

Meet at Reptiles' Rock

Watch our native geckos and skinks get fed and learn what makes them unique to New Zealand.

3:00pm

Trout Feeding

Meet at the Trouts' Eye View

Meet the keeper at the underwater viewer and grab a handful of fish food to feed our giant trout.

3:30pm

Morepork Encounter

Meet at the Morepork Aviary

Learn all about this silent night bird from her keeper, and see what she's having for dinner!

Sunday

9:00am

Kākā Encounter

Meet at the Kākā Aviary

Meet our bird keeper at the kākā enclosure to watch our playful bush parrot play with enrichment items and get fed.

9:30am

Juvenile Tuatara Feeding

Meet at Reptiles' Rock

Don't miss the opportunity to come face to face with this living fossil.

10:00am

Weka

Meet at the Weka Enclosure

Meet our keeper at the weka enclosure. Watch the notoriously shy and endangered North Island weka sneak up to grab food and puzzle over enrichment items.

10:30am

Blue Tongue Lizard Close Up

Meet at Reptiles' Rock

Meet our reptile keeper at the exotic reptile area; see an Australian blue-tongued lizard up close! Interactive at keeper's discretion.

11:30am

Bird Show

Meet at the Rainbow Arena

Come and see our exotic birds in action! Guests MUST be seated in the Rainbow Arena five minutes before the show starts.

more info

1:00pm

Kea Encounter

Meet at the Kea Aviary

Meet at the kea enclosure through the front entrance, and help our bird keeper enrich our very clever male kea! Watch them solve puzzles for food rewards and learn some handy new tricks from the keeper.

1:30pm

Adult Tuatara Close Up

Meet at Reptiles' Rock

For the last 65 million years the tuatara has been the only remaining species of an ancient order of reptiles that once share the earth with dinosaurs...come and learn more.

3:00pm

Trout Feeding

Meet at the Trouts' Eye View

Meet the keeper at the underwater viewer and grab a handful of fish food to feed our giant trout.

3:30pm

Morepork Encounter

Meet at the Morepork Aviary

Learn all about this silent night bird from her keeper, and see what she's having for dinner!

Monday

9:30am

Juvenile Tuatara Feeding

Meet at Reptiles' Rock

Don't miss the opportunity to come face to face with this living fossil.

11:30am

Bird Show

Meet at the Rainbow Arena

Come and see our exotic birds in action! Guests MUST be seated in the Rainbow Arena five minutes before the show starts.

more info

1:00pm

Kea Encounter

Meet at the Kea Aviary

Meet at the kea enclosure through the front entrance, and help our bird keeper enrich our very clever male kea! Watch them solve puzzles for food rewards and learn some handy new tricks from the keeper.

Tuesday

9:00am

Canopy Birds Encounter

Meet at the Tui Aviary

Walk into our canopy aviary and watch us feed our birds! Watch the natural ground foraging behaviour of the kākāriki, hear our tūī sing and see our huge kererū up close.

9:30am

Juvenile Tuatara Feeding

Meet at Reptiles' Rock

Don't miss the opportunity to come face to face with this living fossil.

10:00am

Exotic Birds Encounter

Meet at the Exotic Birds Aviary

Come down to our colourful exotic bird exhibits and talk to the bird keeper about the species we have on show and their individual quirks. Watch lorikeets get their favourite nectar feed, watch us enrich different birds and if you are lucky one may even talk to you!

10:30am

Water Dragon Close Up

Meet at Reptiles' Rock

Meet our reptile keeper at the exotic reptile area, see an Australian water dragon up close! Interactive at keeper’s discretion.

11:30am

Bird Show

Meet at the Rainbow Arena

Come and see our exotic birds in action! Guests MUST be seated in the Rainbow Arena five minutes before the show starts.

more info

1:00pm

Kea Encounter

Meet at the Kea Aviary

Meet at the kea enclosure through the front entrance, and help our bird keeper enrich our very clever male kea! Watch them solve puzzles for food rewards and learn some handy new tricks from the keeper.

1:30pm

Native Reptiles Encounter

Meet at Reptiles' Rock

Watch our native geckos and skinks get fed and learn what makes them unique to New Zealand.

3:00pm

Trout Feeding

Meet at the Trouts' Eye View

Meet the keeper at the underwater viewer and grab a handful of fish food to feed our giant trout.

3:30pm

Morepork Encounter

Meet at the Morepork Aviary

Learn all about this silent night bird from her keeper, and see what she's having for dinner!

Wednesday

9:00am

Kākā Encounter

Meet at the Kākā Aviary

Meet our bird keeper at the kākā enclosure to watch our playful bush parrot play with enrichment items and get fed.

9:30am

Juvenile Tuatara Feeding

Meet at Reptiles' Rock

Don't miss the opportunity to come face to face with this living fossil.

10:00am

Weka

Meet at the Weka Enclosure

Meet our keeper at the weka enclosure. Watch the notoriously shy and endangered North Island weka sneak up to grab food and puzzle over enrichment items.

10:30am

Blue Tongue Lizard Close Up

Meet at Reptiles' Rock

Meet our reptile keeper at the exotic reptile area; see an Australian blue-tongued lizard up close! Interactive at keeper's discretion.

11:30am

Bird Show

Meet at the Rainbow Arena

Come and see our exotic birds in action! Guests MUST be seated in the Rainbow Arena five minutes before the show starts.

more info

1:00pm

Kea Encounter

Meet at the Kea Aviary

Meet at the kea enclosure through the front entrance, and help our bird keeper enrich our very clever male kea! Watch them solve puzzles for food rewards and learn some handy new tricks from the keeper.

1:30pm

Adult Tuatara Close Up

Meet at Reptiles' Rock

For the last 65 million years the tuatara has been the only remaining species of an ancient order of reptiles that once share the earth with dinosaurs...come and learn more.

3:00pm

Trout Feeding

Meet at the Trouts' Eye View

Meet the keeper at the underwater viewer and grab a handful of fish food to feed our giant trout.

3:30pm

Morepork Encounter

Meet at the Morepork Aviary

Learn all about this silent night bird from her keeper, and see what she's having for dinner!