Kiwi - Tuatara Encounters - Special Exhibitions - Taonga Maori - Early Settler Homestead and Chapel - Train & Tractor Rides - Medieval Madness Event Day.
Kiwi North is one of the many treasures you will discover in beautiful Northland.
This oasis lies only 7.5 kms from the Whangarei CBD, a unique combination of experiences, the Whangarei Museum, Kiwi House and Heritage Park. Something for everyone together on a 25 hectare site.
The Museum tells stories of the district’s social and natural history including the exciting discovery of moa skeletons in a cave on the edge of the city, beautiful taonga Maori and a programme of changing temporary exhibitions.
The Heritage Park provides a sense of earlier life in the area. Explore the original 1886 Clarke Homestead and the other historic buildings.
When their workshops are open the resident vintage restoration clubs welcome visitors, and on the 3rd Sunday of every month, on specific days during the school holidays and on Kiwi North event days the trains give rides.
Kiwi North celebrates community and family with two large event days each year. This summer the popular Medieval Madness is 27th January 2019 and Story Book Easter Sunday, 21st April 2019. Access to the Museum and Kiwi House are included in these events.
Adjoining the Museum is Northland’s only kiwi house. Here we turn day into night and bring the outdoors in so our visitors can view kiwi as they forage and interact just as they would in the wild.
We raise the captive born young kiwi of the captive management programme to breeding age when they move to a breeding facility or are released to a sanctuary where their progeny will add to the wild population.
Our kiwi thrive in a living environment with growing plants and insects to forage for. The birds are handled as little as possible and then only by trained husbandry staff. Kiwi are omnivores and at 11am, 1pm and 3pm daily we feed a nationally standard supplementary diet. These feeding times are accompanied by a keeper talk.
Kiwi North also provides the only tuatara viewing in Northland. Our living dinosaur leaves his enclosure for closeup encounters during school holidays or for booked groups. Stunningly beautiful native gecko of species relevant to Northland, are also displayed and cared for here.
Proud to be a link in the flora and fauna conservation chain and in the preservation of our social history, our staff are passionate and knowledgeable. Their goal is to create conservation aware visitors who will then go on to interact with our environment in a respectful way. They count themselves lucky to do a job they love, sharing their passion daily with people from all over the world.
Kiwi North is only one hour’s drive south of the Bay of Islands and two and a half north of Auckland. This all-weather venue provides a perfect day trip when the beach is not the place to be, giving each member of the family a unique experience seeing and interacting with our natural and social history that will bring treasured memories of your time in Northland.