Rainbow Springs & Farm, Rotorua
We were there to see the Kiwi, but quite disappointed as there was nobody helping and difficult to see a Kiwi in the darkness, you need to pay extra NZ$10 to get some help.
The ticket was NZ$40 for adult and NZ$20 for an infant, 1 hour would be more than enough to go around the place, not worth it.
This is quite a compact wildlife park centred around a working Kiwi hatchery and nursery with 100% of the Kiwi Encounter ticket price going to the National Trust.
My main purpose in going to Rainbow Springs was to see the Kiwi and indeed I saw several of these amazing birds. The Kiwi Encounter is additional to the entry price but well worth the extra. A guide takes you through the Kiwi house and explains all the steps involved in sourcing the eggs, incubating them and caring for the hatchling chicks. Did you know that the Kiwi egg is the largest in the world in proportion to the bird that lays it? Ouch!
I enjoyed wandering around the rest of the park and saw native birds like the Kea, Kaka and Tui; the New Zealand native lizard the Tuatara and some of the largest trout I have seen.
You entry ticket allows you to return in the evening of the same day to watch the live Kiwis as they come out to forage.
Set amidst a beautiful environment of native bush, the Rainbow Springs Nature Park has a wonderful combination of natural elements and species in one setting; on view during the day and now at night.
Rainbow Farm Show is definitely a 'hands on' experience to entertain and amuse you. Each Farm Show gives an animated insight into New Zealand's farming history, from sheep farming through to the dairy and wool industries - all in just 50 minutes! 5 Farm Shows a day at 10.30am, 11.45am, 1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm.
Rainbow Springs and Farm is quite a good family activity especially if you have young children. The Farm show is typical of most farm shows - shows the dogs chasing the sheep into a pen, sheep shearing, a bull and then a few kids get to feed the lambs. They offer headsets with translations too.
Rainbow Springs is a lovely bush walk with pools of trout of different ages and other animals that you can look at.
Rainbow Springs was a very nice place to wander around in for a hour or so, the small ponds full of trout was great, loved it, the bird life was a bit slim but I think that was due to some renovation work being done, but over all still nice.
The kids will love watching the trout swim in there natural surrounds.
Rainbow Springs & farm features agriculture experience of New Zealand. It has varieties of farm animals and fish exhibits, and it also offers shows on sheep handling and shearing. Of course, there is the kiwi display which is unique in New Zealand.
Rainbow Springs has quite a show of New Zealand's natural flora and fauna including tuataras. You can also feed giant Rainbow trout in crystal clear spring water. Rainbow Farm Show is a 'hands-on' experience which introduces you to New Zealand's farming history. There is also the World of Bees to see.
A fun excursion away from the smelly pits where they have a sheep and dog show as well alot of other animals to pet and look at---especially good for kids. Set off in the bush off the road.
It's a place to learn a little bit about the nature of New Zealand. One of the interesting animals you can see here is the KIWI bird.
The grounds feature lots of trout pools and other animals, all nicely laid out, including a nocturnal house featuring the elusive kiwi.
Another "first"; the kiwi
Rainbow Springs sets amidst native bush and springs. It is here that I first time saw New Zealand icon bird, KIWI and wild trouts.