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!
ANTIDOPES ISLANDS PARAKEETS
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. These incredibly smart birds are only found on the south island of New Zealand.
They're thought to be as smart as a 4-year-old child!!
With their curiosity, their relationship with humans did not get off to a great start, up until they were better understood. There are now many conservation programs in order to help the kea population increase again.
Sadly, these were once the rarest duck on the mainland, their numbers got down to around 1,000.
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.
NZ WOOD PIGEON
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.
Featured on the ten dollar note, these endangered ducks are rarer than some species of kiwi! Whio are part of a breed for release program we run for these taonga species. In the past couple of years, we have hatched over 20 whio ducklings.
NEW ZEALAND FALCON
Often mistaken for a Harrier hawk, the New Zealand Falcon is a beautiful 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).