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Kiwi Forest and Friends – new exhibits coming to Butterfly Creek

We are very excited to tell you about the amazing new exhibits currently being developed here at Butterfly Creek. Planned for a spring opening, the new exhibit area will include Kiwi Forest – starring a terrific nocturnal kiwi house and other native highlights –  Asian small-clawed Otters and a huge platform built out over the wetland for eel feeding. These exhibits will ultimately link our crocodile exhibit to Dinosaur Kingdom – so no more back-tracking through the shop.


A magical indoor nocturnal house will be the undoubted highlight of Kiwi Forest. Two Northern Brown Kiwi will be setting up home in what will be the most modern and high-tech nocturnal house ever constructed in New Zealand. These little guys will be arriving at Butterfly Creek in the next few months and will then need a couple of months settling in before we can show them to the public.  Leaving the crocodile exhibit area you will travel down a ponga-lined boardwalk before arriving in the native exhibit building which will host a number of fascinating native exhibits including giant weta and skinks as well as a full-sized replica Moa. There will be interactive displays and lots of interesting stuff to look at and learn all about the Kiwi’s habitat. From there you will pass through a bush clearing and cave – complete with simulated glow worms and cave weta  – which then leads into the nocturnal house. Huge viewing windows will provide great viewing into the nocturnal house. A super sophisticated lighting system will simulate night time and encourage these little guys to be out and active when you come to visit.

North Island Brown Kiwi


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.

Chinese Small Clawed Otter


You can then head to the huge eel feeding platform which is built out over our wetland. Take the opportunity to feed the lively, squirmy eels; but please, approved food only as they don’t do too well o the wrong diet! Once you are finished feeding the eels, you will finish the loop by entering the alligator end of Dinosaur Kingdom.

Short Finned Eels

We are really excited about the new exhibits and we know you will  love them as much as all our other attractions.   We will certainly keep you to up to date on what’s happening. When we launch these new exhibits there will be some special invites to attend the opening, so please keep checking our Facebook page and website for updates closer to the time. Sign up to our newsletter and you will definitely be in first to hear all the latest news.

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