Set in 22 acres of lush native forest and natural springs with wildlife enclosures and interactive activities scattered throughout, Rainbow Springs is the ultimate way to learn about New Zealand's wildlife, fauna and cultural stories. Whether it's walking through the many free-flight aviaries, feeding famously-large wild trout, coming face-to-face with tuatara, or seeing New Zealand's national icon in the nocturnal enclosure, Rainbow Springs is a great day out for everyone.
New Zealand's rarest widlife
Rainbow Springs is proudly home to some of New Zealand's rarest and most intriguing native wildlife. Guests can experience the cheeky native parroits (such as the kaka, kākāriki and kea) first hand, as well as play "spot the geckos and skinks" as they hide in the foliage. The latest arrivals pateke and whio are some oif New Zealand's most endangered birds. Guests can also view tuatara, the rare and last survivors of an order of reptiles that thrived in the dinosaur age. Crystal clear waters boast a number of endemic species, such as the kōkopu and long finned eels, which are found nowhere else in the world.
There really is no better place in the world to learn about New Zealand's national icon - kiwis. Home to the world's largest kiwi hatching facility, the newly developed Kiwi Burrow experience provides a great overview of the kiwi and the recovery efforts of many to ensure this species survive for future generations. Stand in a human-sized kiwi burrow, sit in a giant kiwi egg, enjoy interactive audio visual and presentations, and see real kiwi in the nocturnal enclosure.
Complimentary guided tours
Entertaining and informative, your knowledgeable guides will take you on a journey of New Zealand’s wildlife story through the native bush, walk-through aviaries, reptile enclosures, kiwi nocturnal house and trout pools and streams. Leave the park with an understanding of New Zealand's native story, with cultural background and stories weaved throughout.
Advance booking is required for guided tours - please enquire on-site. Allow approximately 45 minutes, with extra time required for other experiences.
Taonga - Treasures of New Zealand
Our newly designed Taonga Experience brings to life authentic stories around taonga (Māori natural treasures). Entertaining and interactive, visitors wil learn the rich history behind treasured artefacts, including how Māori interacted with and conserved their natural world, and then get up close with these treasures yourself. Designed for all ages, this new experience is educational and fun.
"Taonga - Treasures of New Zealand" experience is held at 1430hrs daily in the Rainbow Arena. There are no age restrictions and pre-booking is not required.
Enjoy a nine minute ‘river journey’ set amongst woodland and native flora and fauna. The Big Splash is an opportunity to understand New Zealand’s history, concluding with an exhilarating ‘big splash’ at the end. A ‘must do’ for all visitors!
National Kiwi Hatchery Tour
A unique opportunity to see genuine kiwi conservation at the world’s leading hatching centre. Learn all about our fascinating national icon, including what it takes to ensure they are with us for future generations.
Rainbow Springs is open every day, including all public holidays.
Park: 0830 - 1730 hrs (last entry at 1700hrs) | Christmas Day, 25 December: 0830 - 1700 hrs (last entry at 1600hrs)
Cafe: 0900 - 1700 hrs
Big Splash: 0930 - 1700 hrs
How to Use
Please present a printed voucher upon entry on the day of your visit.
Upon completion of purchase, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subject to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.
192 Fairy Springs Road, Fairy Springs, Rotorua 3015, New Zealand