National Kiwi Hatchery Tour
See real kiwi conservation in action
The National Kiwi Hatchery Tours are open for the school holidays (26 September – 11 October). We will be open Thursday - Sunday from 12 October.
Rainbow Springs Nature Park remains closed. If you have an advance booking, a voucher or for information on passes please see our latest update.
We’re open every day of the school holidays from 8:30am – until 2pm, with tours every hour on the hour starting from 9am. Our last tour of the day is at 1pm.
26 September - 11 October 2020
From 12 October 2020, we will be opening Thursday – Sunday 8.30am – until 2pm.
Visitors can arrive and ‘dwell’ in the gift shop and kiwi burrow, including the nocturnal house, until their guided tour departs.
Please note: there is no access to the wider Rainbow Springs park.
The National Kiwi Hatchery is a cashless site – EFTPOS/Credit Card facilities are available.
Rainbow Springs is proud to be home of the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa, the world's leading kiwi hatchery! We're extremely proud to be have hatched over 2,000 kiwi chicks to date, making us the world's largest and most successful hatching centre.
Visitors to Rainbow Springs can enjoy a special 'behind the scenes' tour of our Hatchery to see real kiwi conservation in action. Learn all about the efforts of our kiwi husbandry team, discover what it takes to hatch a chick... and if you're really lucky, see baby chicks in person!
Some visitors may have the chance to witness the Kiwi chicks getting a health check, being weighted or fed - the routine usually takes place in the morning; regardless of the time of day you visit the Hatchery, our guides and Kiwi caregivers always aim to give our manuhiri [visitors] the best Kiwi experience!
As world-leaders in kiwi conservation, we follow best industry standards when it comes to our animal welfare. Unfortunately this does mean our manuhiri cannot take pictures inside the Kiwi Hatchery or nocturnal house for the well-being and safety of our chicks and adult birds. We thank our manuhiri [visitors] for their understanding.
Learn more about the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa, including how you can help!