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#1 of 1 things to do in Shannon Features Animals
Main Road South, Shannon, New Zealand
+64 6-362 7872
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Tour was too long for what it was

Staff were friendly and helpful but we felt the tour group was too big, made difficult to hear, and... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2017
Wellington, New Zealand
Could do so much more

I had visited Owlcatraz about 10 years ago, and decided to visit again as we were passing through... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2017
Duncan W
Wellington, NZ
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This is a bird wildlife park with owl house, NZ weka birds, a lake, wild salmon, mini train rides for the kids picnic area, gift shop, and giant cows lovely park, theres a pig that begs for food shhep and a deer called Grace.
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  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
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Main Road South, Shannon, New Zealand
+64 6-362 7872
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Reviewed 11 June 2017

Staff were friendly and helpful but we felt the tour group was too big, made difficult to hear, and went far too long. We didn't go to the glow worm cave and didn't even know about it until reading other reviews. We did go on...More

1  Thank Kiwiintheus
Reviewed 11 June 2017

I had visited Owlcatraz about 10 years ago, and decided to visit again as we were passing through. The bush and grounds are really nice, but they have an odd way of showing people through in little tour groups, and it is expensive ($60 for...More

Thank Duncan W
Reviewed 30 April 2017

This is a fantastic place in the village of Shannon. The hosts that own and run Owlcatraz have done an outstanding job restoring the native vegetation and ecosystems and creating a haven for the native birdlife. Considering this is a small family run place, the...More

Thank TheBismarck
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Paid $60.00 for 2 adults and 2 preschoolers. Did the farm walk and saw 1 kunekune pig, few chooks, 1 deer, 1 goat, 3 alpaca, few eels, and lots of ducks and that is all the farm walk.. then they showed the owls that cannot...More

2  Thank kevnjazz
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

We were travelling though, cool little spot for a look at some pretty amazing birds. We only did the owl house, however this was very interesting. Very beautiful place to visit.

Thank Derwent M
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Firstly parking was not a problem and the staff were friendly and helpful, but that's where the plus points ended. You are not allowed to wander around at your own pace, as you are accompanied by staff on a guided tour. There is a building...More

1  Thank David S
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

We paid $25 each for a 40min loop of 10 birds. 5 weka and 5 owls. Was told this included a farm walk but we were told to head back after viewing the owls. Very disappointing and overall daylight robbery. Was not impressed.

1  Thank kekenz
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

The family run business is very interesting and staff very knowledgable and informative. Was great to be able to walk through the animal enclosures and to see the farm animals around the estate.

Thank SJayC1977
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

We arrived late in the day as they were about to shut but because we had German tourists with us, the owner gave us a personalised tour of the jail and the owls. Very pretty environment and very informative from a super friendly host. Definitely...More

Thank ktpie18
Reviewed 5 November 2016

A very friendly welcome on arrival at Owlcatraz today This continued with a great explanation of the tours and surounding area We took the one and a half hour tour which was really great and even as an adult I totally enjoyed the leasurely stroll...More

Thank jane542016
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