Kiwi Park Queenstown - Wildlife Sanctuary

Nestled in the heart of Queenstown lies the best Kiwi viewing spot in New Zealand. Kiwi Park is a wildlife sanctuary that protects and restores the native taonga species. Originally a rubbish tip, the sanctuary was transformed into an environment with a conservation focus, safeguarding New Zealand’s natural heritage. This park offers visitors the delight of getting up close and personal with New Zealand’s iconic Kiwi bird and exploring the unique range of native flora and fauna

See New Zealand’s Native Wildlife and Enjoy Kiwi Encounters

Kiwi Park offers visitors an array of experiences to learn about the protection of fascinating endangered wildlife. As a visitor, you can take a guided tour, experience Kiwi encounters, learn about conservation work through interactive exhibits, and take educational programmes suitable for all ages.

Family of 4 enjoying an intimate encounter with a kiwi bird.

Photo Credit: Kiwi Park Queenstown

Opening Hours and Key Information: 

Enjoy an unforgettable experience viewing Kiwi right in the heart of Queenstown.

Open seven days a week year-round (except for Christmas Day)

Summer: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm (last entrance 5 pm)

Winter: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (last entrance 4:30 pm)

Where is Kiwi Park Queenstown Located?

Kiwi Park can be located at 51 Brecon Street, Queenstown, 9300. Only a 10-minute drive from Queenstown Airport or a short 5-10 minute walk from the Queenstown town centre. Collect a car from Omega Rental Cars Queenstown close to the airport at 202 Hawthorne Drive, Frankton, or from the Queenstown city branch at 5/93 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300.

Kiwi Park at the top of the hill on a beautiful sunny day.

Photo Credit: Kiwi Park Queenstown

See New Zealand’s National Icon with Kiwi Encounters

Daily Kiwi Encounter time slots: 10 am - 12:15 pm - 1 pm - 2 pm - 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm 

It’s very rare to spot a Kiwi in the wild, but when visiting Kiwi Park, you will be spotting some Kiwis! The Kiwi encounter has six-time slots daily, where a professional wildlife team member will educate you on this iconic bird. And you will have the chance to spot one of these fascinating birds in their native habitat.

Visit the Kiwi House

Explore the Kiwi house specially designed for Kiwi needs! The specially designed nocturnal house provides the best Kiwi viewing in the country! This is a must-do experience in Queenstown or even New Zealand - you can’t visit without spotting the iconic Kiwi bird. Have you ever wondered what a Kiwi eats and why it is nocturnal or can’t fly? Come along to Kiwi Park for an unforgettable experience viewing Kiwi, and ask one of the qualified wildlife professionals

Explore the Park

If you are up for an adventure and want to explore over 20 species of native wildlife, Kiwi Park has this in store! Enjoy walking around a 5-acre oasis at your own pace, with your family and friends, or by yourself, and appreciate the natural and wildlife surroundings in the heart of Queenstown. 

Watch the living fossil known as the Tuatara move around in the bushes, or look for the Kārearea/New Zealand Falcon, which features on the New Zealand 20-dollar note! If you want a quick rest or a snack that will give you a boost of energy, park up at the cafe for lunch or browse the gift shop, where a portion of the proceeds supports Kiwi Park’s conservation efforts!

Conservation Show

Conservation show times: 11:30 am, 3:00 pm daily.

Book one of the conservation shows that are only on twice a day. Enjoy a 30-minute free-flight show, offering you a rare opportunity to see fascinating endangered wildlife species like never before. A professional wildlife team member will lead the show and provide you with an unforgettable experience! Bring the family along and enjoy learning about these fascinating birds, conservation work, and other endangered wildlife as they demonstrate their skills to you.  

Self-guided Audio

The self-guided audio is an excellent opportunity for those who feel like immersing themselves in a world of native wildlife. Download the complimentary Self-guided Audio app to enjoy a self-paced, highly informative tour of the Kiwi Park. Use the smart-guide map to get in the zone and learn more information about the park, its conservation efforts, and facts about the creatures who live there.

Honey Bee Centre

Do you love the taste of delicious golden honey? The Honey Bee Centre will satisfy all your honey cravings, and you can enjoy the complimentary honey tasting! Pop on down after your Kiwi encounter and explore many different flavours, grades and combinations of quality New Zealand honey. 

Private Tours:

Tour times: 10 am or 2 pm daily

The tour takes up to 2.5 hours. Six people max per private tour.

Cost $480 

If you want to get up close and personal or ask as many questions as you want, take advantage of the 1:1 private tour, where a qualified guide takes you around the park! This is an exclusive opportunity to understand native wildlife and enjoy a personal encounter with endangered species. If you are a bird lover or especially fascinated by the Kiwi, your tour can be tailored to focus on your interests. 

Discover more at New Zealand’s Wildlife Kiwi Park

Enjoy an unforgettable experience viewing Kiwi right in the heart of Queenstown. Look out for fascinating birds and reptiles and explore the beauty of New Zealand’s nature. Look in the Kiwi house and spot a Kiwi with your very own eyes with Kiwi encounters (don’t take photos, though!), eat some delicious rich honey or watch the conservation show where wildlife puts on a show for you!

Collect a car from Omega Rental Cars Queenstown Airport at 202 Hawthorne Drive and enjoy a 10-minute journey to Kiwi Park Queenstown!

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