Rainbow Springs is ‘Must Do’ whilst visiting Rotorua, set in 22 acres of beautiful native bush and home to a huge variety of New Zealand’s wildlife. Get up close and personal with all kinds of native flora and fauna including the iconic ‘kiwi’, the ancient tuatara, native birds, wild trout, skinks, geckos and over 90 different species of native plants.
You can spot the Brown Kiwi, day or night in their purpose built enclosures or you can join the Kiwi Encounter tour of a working kiwi hatchery and nursery where you will see the journey of a kiwi chick from incubation, hatching and raising before being released into the wild.
In the surrounding landscapes and the many free flight aviaries you can see up to 16 different breeds of native birds. Meet ‘Jenny’ the hand reared cheeky Kea, join one of the rangers in hand feeding the Kaka and enjoy the antics and beautiful birdsong from the Bellbird and the Tui. On weekends and public holidays visit the auditorium to enjoy the engaging antics of the exotic, colourful and sometimes noisy parrots that will wow you with their intelligence, games and tricks.
Come face to face with the ‘Tuatara’, an unblinking reptile with a thick scaly skin and the only remaining species of the nearly extinct reptiles (rhynocephalids), hand feed one of the many species of trout and long finned eels and meet the skinks and the geckos.
Take a seat in one of the boats to experience a nine minute journey through time exploring the ecological evolution of New Zealand and finishing with a ‘Big Splash’ as you accelerate towards the water and create a spectacular plume of water.