We will be closed for maintenance from Tuesday 23rd to Friday 26th July 2024.

Visit the National Kiwi Hatchery

The National Kiwi Hatchery is the national leader in kiwi husbandry, egg incubation systems, hatching techniques and kiwi chick rearing. 

Join one of our experiences and take an immersive journey where you'll learn about Kiwi, their native environment and what makes them truly iconic the world over.  Delve into darkness and spot kiwi in our purpose-built nocturnal house and discover the secrets of the kiwi in our interactive displays. 

Chat to our Kiwi experts and learn the secrets of the kiwi and what makes this bird our cherished national icon. 

Educational, thought-provoking and truly unique experiences, you'll get to see how we're helping kiwi at the largest and most successful kiwi hatchery in the world. You'll be participating in global conservations efforts with 100% of your ticket price goes straight back to our kiwi hatching programme.

When to visit


Kiwi hatching season is September to March. During these months you'll get the opportunity to see kiwi eggs being incubated, the hatching process and newly hatched kiwi chicks.


Between April and August there may not be eggs or chicks to see on site, but our resident adult kiwi will be foraging in our Nocturnal House for you to observe.

Opening Hours

We are open 7 days a week, including public holidays:
Tours run at set times throughout the day between 9am and 2.30pm. 
Book online to reserve your space or contact us to enquire about Behind the Scenes Exclusive Tours. 


The National Kiwi Hatchery is located at Agrodome, 10 mins from downtown Rotorua.
Our address is Agrodome, 141 Western Road, Ngongotahā, Rotorua. 


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National Kiwi Hatchery Experience

Be part of conservation in action at our internationally renowned conservation facility with a 60 min guided tour including Nocturnal House.

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Behind the Scenes Exclusive

Go behind the scenes with our Kiwi Keepers in this exclusive experience. Chat to our Kiwi experts and learn the secrets of the kiwi.

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