COVID-19 update:

The National Kiwi Hatchery Tours are open daily from 8:30 - 2pm, with tours every hour on the hour starting from 9am.
Rainbow Springs Nature Park remains closed. If you have an advance booking, a voucher or for information on passes please see our latest update.

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18 September 2020

Update: future bookings, annual/locals or weekday passes

If you have an advance booking or voucher, please contact our friendly team on and we will be happy to arrange a refund.

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2 September 2019

Early start to Kiwi Hatching Season

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Longfin Eel

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24 June 2019

Species of the Season - Longfin Eel

This season we’re celebrating the longfin eel. This long, slippery and slimy fish is classified as 'at risk - declining' and can only be found in Aotearoa

Kiwi Conservation

Last kiwi chick of 2018 19 hatching season

29 May 2019

Record number of kiwi to be released from National Kiwi Hatchery this season

New Zealand’s largest kiwi hatchery is celebrating a record 145 chicks being released back into forests as the hatching season wraps up.The last chick of the 2018/19 season hatched on...


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15 January 2019

New Zealand conservation and environmental days to observe in 2019

Each year campaigns and events take place for raising awareness of the environmental issues we face in Aotearoa and how we can act for the greater good.


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20 July 2018

Conservation Interview: Mark Paterson, Wildlife Programme Manager at Rainbow Springs

Rainbow Springs caught up with its Wildlife Programme Manager Mark Paterson to ask what it’s like being an influential figure at one of New Zealand’s most famous nature parks.

Diary of a Kiwi Chick

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31 May 2018

My journey to adulthood

Image above: Kiwis for kiwi trustee Ruud Kleinpaste with me!

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Kiwi chick, Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs

4 May 2018

Kiwi Hatchery Celebrating Record Season

As the 2017/18 season ends, Rainbow Springs’ Kiwi Encounter is reporting a 98.4% hatch success rate – almost four percent higher than its average over the last decade.


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26 April 2018

5 things to do in Rotorua with kids

There is an abundance of unique activities and attractions to try out with the kids in Rotorua!

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