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Kiwi Forest

A year in the making, Kiwi Forest features our stunning new kiwi nocturnal house, home to Tapu and Ipo our newly arrived Brown Kiwi. The new Kiwi Forest house provides Tapu and Ipo with a state of the art New Zealand forest setting and will immerse you in a true night-time forest experience.

Kiwi Forest also includes giant weta – Butterfly Creek is the home of the captive rear and release programme for the wetapunga – as well as other native species. The wetland walkway will take you past our newly arrived Asian Short-Clawed Otters and onto a large platform where you can view hundreds of Short-Finned Eels.


Our high-tech indoor nocturnal house will undoubtedly be the highlight of Kiwi Forest. Our two Brown Kiwi, Ipo and Tapu are now set up in their new home which is the most modern and high-tech nocturnal house ever constructed in New Zealand. This exhibit will also host a number of fascinating native exhibits including giant wetapunga and skinks as well as a full-sized replica Moa.

The large viewing window will provide visitors the best opportunity to be able to see these national treasures. A highly sophisticated lighting system will simulate night time and encourage the Kiwi to be more interactive.

Kiwi House manager, Rebecca Moyle. Photograph by Doug Sherring, New Zealand Herald/newspix.co.nz


Once you leave Kiwi Forest you will head out on the wetland walkway which leads you on to our Asian Small-Clawed Otters. Five of these active and intriguing little animals will be setting up home here at Butterfly Creek in the next few months. These cheeky little guys will love splashing about in their pond and climbing up over the rocks and trees.

Asian Small-Clawed Otter


Head over to our huge eel feeding platform and view hundreds of lively eels. Our keepers will run daily feeding sessions during the holidays, keep an eye out for our encounter map to see the latest schedule.

Short Finned Eels