We are thrilled to welcome two rare and endangered Whio, or blue ducks, to the park. These unique birds are a true taonga (treasured) species, and we are happy to be giving them a new home and helping ensure their survival. Our new residents have settled in and you can now meet them in our walk through avairy! Check out the full story.
This April, in celebration of Whio Awareness Month, make sure to visit our whio education area! You'll learn all about whio, their unique characteristics and what can be done to secure the future of this endangered bird. This interactive display is presented by Whio Forever and DOC, is suitable for all ages and it's FREE with your Day Pass.*March 30-April 29 2018.
Hidden throughout the park are some exciting new, hands-on play installations that will teach you about native species and conservation in a fun and interactive way. Our Playscapes are free with your Day Pass and are fun for the whole family!
They’ll be showing off their new tricks and skills including skateboard riding, rubbish collecting, balancing on volleyballs and much more! During the show you will meet our colourful birds, learn some fascinating facts and get to see their engaging antics! You may even be lucky enough to give our bird trainer a helping hand during the show!
*Bird Show is weather dependent.
We were thrilled to welcome several hundred giant kōkopu to Rainbow Springs this March! Giant kōkopu are the largest adult fish of New Zealand’s iconic ‘whitebait’ species, endemic to New Zealand and classified as endangered. Spot them in the Wairere Pool, next to the cafe, and learn more about them on our NEW Freshwater Fish Encounter (starting 30th March 2018)!
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During this 1-hour encounter you'll you'll get to feed native longfin eels, meet giant kōkopu and whio (our newest residents), and help spot koura (who love to hide)!
March 30 - April 29. 12.15pm. It's FREE with your Day Pass!
Throughout April, make sure to visit the whio education area on your visit to the park! You'll learn all about whio and what can be done to secure the future of these endangered birds. Presented by DOC and Whio Forever.