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Great outing

Visited with two youngsters, they thoroughly enjoyed it, the guided tour was awesome and the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ainslee D
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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A very nice visit

My wife and I had thought of visiting Owlcatraz for many years, but kept putting it off because we... read more

Reviewed 26 August 2018
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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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44 Margaret Street, Shannon 4821, New Zealand
+64 6-362 7872
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with two youngsters, they thoroughly enjoyed it, the guided tour was awesome and the grounds were well kept. Prob a bit in the pricey side, but totally understandable it would be an expensive place to keep.

Thank Ainslee D
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

My wife and I had thought of visiting Owlcatraz for many years, but kept putting it off because we hadn't expected to be anything special. But how wrong we were. It was an excellent visit that we both really enjoyed. We intend to revisit taking...More

Thank DavidG15622
Reviewed 26 July 2018

We had a great afternoon here recently. the native owls , the ruru, are fantastic while the glow worm cave was a definite highlight. The best glow worm visit this side of Waitomo! There are rare pig breeds, too.

1  Thank Perry B
Reviewed 3 June 2018

The Glow worms really were a sight to behold. We had our elderly Aunt with us and were assured by the teen at the counter that the cave would be manageable for her. She is very short and elderly therefore walks rather slow! Ross motored...More

3  Thank lollipopp2018
Reviewed 31 May 2018

We stopped by here while travelling through to Rotorua. We had an amazing time, the staff were all very friendly and knowledgeable, and it was awesome how interactive the whole experience was! We will definitely be visiting again next time we're up this way!

1  Thank JayneM1170
Reviewed 5 May 2018

My partner and I went in today and WOW! We are both so glad we did! The glow worm caves especially HIGHLY exceeded our expectations, however it was the people who made it an overall phenomenal experience. By the time we got there we were...More

2  Thank ButterGoblin
Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

We sttopped in Owlcatraz on our way back to Wellington. We all loved it, young and old...fantastic glow worm cave tour, a parrot, a kune kune pig, donkeys, ducks, eels, a goat and some alpaca and deer. Well worth the stop! The family running it...More

1  Thank NFWellington
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

I'm not really sure what to make of this place, It seems that the owners are doing a lot of good for abandoned animals. In my opinion the cost was extortionate at $90 with a 25% discount! The staff couldn't have been any nicer, and...More

6  Thank JessieJames2
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

We chose to visit on a day after there had been quite a lot of rain. We had read about Owlcatraz on their website - perhaps I should have checked TripAdvisor first. Whilst the owner was friendly enough, we felt that we had been misinformed...More

4  Thank TravellngTrish
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

2  Thank Kiwiintheus
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