New Zealand

View prices in New Zealand Dollars View prices in UK Pounds View prices in US Dollars View prices in Australian Dollars View prices in Euros
Trout pool at Rainbow Springs Rotorua for Shore Excursions from Tauranga Rainbow Springs Rotorua a great stop for your Tauranga Shore Excursion The Big Splash ride at Rainbow Springs Rotorua Stunning Rainbow Trout at Rainbow Springs baby Kiwi chick at the Kiwi Encounter Rotorua New Zealand Reptiles at Rainbow Springs Rotorua

Rainbow Springs and Kiwi Hatchery

Go behind the scenes at Rainbow Springs

Experience a guided tour of a working kiwi hatch facility as well as all the other attractions at Rainbow Springs. Our expert guides will take you through the amazing Operation Nest Egg programme and answer all your kiwi-questions!

TRG-T221 | Adults NZ $50.00 | Children NZ $30.00


You will see

  • A talking Kea!
  • Behind the Scenes of the Kiwi Hatchery
  • Kiwi birds
  • Many other native New Zealand birds and wildlife
  • Native eels
  • Native trout
  • Tuatara lizards

The entire experience is built around New Zealand's largest and most successful kiwi conservation centre. Since 1995 we have released over 1,200 kiwis into the wild.

Added to this intimate view of one of the world's living treasures, you will also be able to experience the adrenalin rush of The Big Splash, explore our many free flight aviaries, feed the birds their breakfast, come face to face with pre-history in the eyes of our many tuatara, talk to Jenny the hand-reared kea, feed the largest wild trout you will ever see, experience the wonder of our bird show featuring some of the funniest feathered performers you will ever see.

Not only that, because your ticket is valid for repeat entry for the day of the purchase you can come back at night to listen to the bird calls and to watch the kiwi come out to play. With no glass in our outdoor kiwi enclosure, and only a knee high fence separating you from these curious native birds, you can get closer to kiwi than you ever thought possible.

This combination ticket includes the behind the scenes small group [just 10 persons] tour through the Kiwi Encounter Hatchery. Your guide will over the 30 minutes duration explain the work of the Rainbow Springs team in making sure the Kiwi bird continues to survive in the wild. $10.00 of this tour is donated to the National Kiwi Trust which operates Kiwi Encounter, to help hatch and raise more kiwi to return to the wild.

All of us here at Rainbow Springs are proud of the role we play in conserving many of the precious native species of New Zealand. That's why we put so much energy into ensuring that our beautiful nature park has a fun and friendly atmosphere. We would love to meet you and introduce to a few of the locals.

  • 30-minute guided tour Behind the Scenes of Kiwi Encounter.
  • Entry fee includes unlimited access to The Big Splash ride
  • Kiwi Encounter and Nocturnal Kiwi house
  • The Behind the scenes Kiwi Encounter tour fills quickly so it pays to pre-book to avoid missing out.
  • The behind the scenes Tours depart hourly from 10am until 4pm and are 30 minutes in duration.
  • If children are over 800mm tall then they can ride The Big Splash with an adult or if they are over 1100mm tall then they can go on their own.

Experience Schedule Options

   start time    end time
All day attraction 08:30 21:00

Activity Ticket Charges

Adult price     NZ $50.00
Child price (3 to 15 yrs)     NZ $30.00

    What are the operating hours?

Every day between 8.30am and 9pm.

    Is the cost of riding on The Big Splash included in the entry fee?

Yes - the entry fee entitles you to ride on The Big Splash as many times as you want but at the end of each ride you must re-join at the end of the queue.

    Will I get wet on the Big Splash ride?

There is a chance you will get wet on the splash down.

    My kids will be with me - what are the height restrictions?

If they are over 800mm tall then they can go with an adult or if they are over 1100mm tall then they can go on their own.

    How long is the Big Splash ride?

It is 9 minutes long.

    What angle is descent to Splashdown?

The angle of the Splashdown is 45 degrees.

Search Search
What You Say

What you say ...

This is a very 'manageable' way to experience some NZ wildlife for visitors who are on a limited-time visit or who have very young or elderly members of their group - i.e. those who won't get a chance to do much bush-walking or have little outdoor experience.

What You Say