We have over 20 species of native birds and reptiles here at the park.

Every animal here is here as part of managed conservation programs. Find out more about who you can visit at our park below!


We run breed for release programs for our kiwi at the park. Currently, we have 6 kiwi (4 of which are in our specially designed nocturnal houses).


Kiwi are nocturnal, flightless birds, therefore we have switched their days and nights around meaning they will be up and awake for you to visit. We guarantee all our guests that they will get to see a kiwi bird when they visit us.

North Island Brown Kiwi


We have two 3 breeds of parakeet at the park.

The Red-Crowned are abundant on many off-shore islands but hard to come across on the mainland of New Zealand.

They often forage for food on the ground making them very vulnerable to introduced pests.

Red Crowned Kākāriki

Yellow Crowned Kākāriki


Very similar in appearance to the red-crowned parakeet just with a different coloured 'crown'.

They're noisy, playful and full of character! If you come along to one of our conservation shows, you may get the chance to learn even more about them.


These special reptiles are a breed of their own, literally!! The Tuatara has been around since the age of the dinosaurs, belonging to its very own reptile family.


They have various unique features including a hidden third eye for spotting those incoming predators! See them in our conservation show, daily!




Found on the Antidopes Island and Bollons Island, these colourful and noisy birds are strong fliers but prefer to walk! They're very inquisitive an often drawn to human activity.


They're the only sub-species of the NZ parakeets without the distinctive colourful crown.



The world's only mountain parrot, the Kea. Kea are endemic to the South Island of New Zealand and are closely associated with mountain beech and lowland podocarp forests.


Kea are now restricted to the South Island of New Zealand and are scarce across their 3.5 million hectare range. Kea are unusual in that they actively seek out and interact with people and their property. This ‘neophilia’ – love of new things, has brought people into conflict with kea to an extent which is unprecedented with another endemic avian species.


The pāteke were once widespread throughout New Zealand, but now are rare and restricted to heavily predator-controlled areas.

We have a breed and release programme and through fantastic success, we're able to release around 10 every year. Their conservation status changed back in 2008 from "Nationally Endangered" to "Recovering". A great outcome due to conservation efforts NZ wide.




The world's second-largest pigeon! The wood pigeon is a vital part of the New Zealand ecosystem. Being the only native bird left big enough to digest the fruits and berries from the native plants, the wood pigeon is the only animal that still spreads the seeds enabling new plants to grow and spread! Without this large pigeon, the bush would struggle to grow.




The whio is an iconic back-country species, and it features on the New Zealand $10 note.

The blue duck is a river specialist, and one of the few waterfowl worldwide that live year round on fast-flowing rivers.

They are a key indicator of healthy rivers and streams. The more breeding pairs of blue duck the healthier the river.

Whio are part of a breed for release program we run for these taonga (treasured) species. In recent years at the Kiwi Birdlife Park, we have hatched over 20 whio ducklings!




Often mistaken for a Harrier hawk, the New Zealand Falcon is a beautiful bird of prey. The 'Karearea’ New Zealand falcon is our most threatened bird of prey. These raptors are known to feed on live animals and have adapted to hunt in dense forests (just like the NZ bush).



The rare Otago skink and Grand skink are unique to Central Otago. They live in mountain tussocklands, but occupy only one-tenth of their original range and are predated on mainly by stoats. In 2018, we were involved in the massive release of 36 Otago and 31 Grand Skinks in a predator free area in Alexandra!



Usually a bright apple-green, this gecko may also be a bright yellow. It may be unmarked or have stripes, blotches or spots of yellow, pink or white.This lizard is diurnal and arboreal, hunting and foraging mainly in trees and shrubs. Most geckos will lose their tails if threatened. The tail is important for balance, grip and fat storage. Once lost, although the lizard will recover and regrow its tail, it is a serious loss of resource.


Generally heard before they are seen, kākā are large, forest-dwelling parrots that are found on all three main islands of New Zealand and on several offshore islands. Much reduced in range and abundance in the North and South islands due to forest clearance and predation by introduced mammals, kākā are most abundant on offshore islands that have no introduced mammals, or at least no stoats. 


The morepork is New Zealand’s most widespread owl species. A bird of the bush and the night, it is also an important species in Maori mythology. It is also the only species of owl in New Zealand that inhabits forests. With short rounded wings and ears and eyes adapted for low light and darkness they are a formidable and stealthy predator of our forests.




New Zealand scaup are gregarious diving ducks common throughout New Zealand. Compact and blackish, they have the silhouette of a bath-toy duck. 

Scaup are diving ducks and spend a lot of time underwater, where they can travel considerable distances. Large approachable flocks are a feature of the Queenstown lakeshores.


Shovelers are specialist filter-feeding waterfowl with a large spoon-shaped or shovel-shaped bill that is almost twice as broad at its tip than at its base and which is the bird’s most conspicuous feature. There are no reliable national

estimates for the Australasian shoveler population, but it is probably in the order of 15-30,000 birds. It is a highly mobile species with many birds probably traversing the length of New Zealand annually before returning again to their breeding areas. 

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Phone: +64 3 442 8059

Email: kiwi@kiwibird.co.nz

PO Box 643,

Brecon St,

Queenstown, 9300,

New Zealand

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