School Holidays

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Something for everyone in the family at Kiwi North these holidays.

Social history and natural history, including living native animals, all in one place. October is Save the Kiwi month, and it is quite apt that both our kiwi have birthdays in October, turning 1 year old.

We offer the only captive kiwi and tuatara viewing in Northland. 2 young North Island Brown Kiwi in a state-of-the art nocturnal house, replicating their wild environment including dusk and dawn, night and day temperatures and seasonal temperatures, growing plants and running water. It even rains twice a week!

Kiwi feeding with keeper talk is 3 times per day - 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Although they are happily foraging in their home and in and out of their burrows as they wish, the feeding times do offer photographic opportunities with some of the feeding tubes placed in 'moonlight' spots. Also the keeper is available to answer questions.

Please note - No lights of any sort in the nocturnal house.

Flash the Tuatara will be out for a close encounter Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the 2 weeks of the holidays, after the 11am kiwi feeding. This always at the keepers discretion as the animals welfare is our top priority. We have many species of native gecko, and the kids are fascinated by the insect breeding room which supplies food for all our animals.

Relax in our cosy corner with books for the kids to read, colouring and quizzes.

In the Museum we have several displays of local natural and social history - including Whangarei's own Moa discovery story with our own Moa skeleton, and a fabulous WW1 centennial exhibition. Also some of our extensive taonga Maori is displayed here.

Out on the Park there is so much room to relax and for the kids to stretch their legs and use up some of that energy. Explore the original Clarke Homestead built on the property in 1886, the tiny 1860's Oruaiti Chapel, Whangarei women's jail and the 1898 Riponui Pah School House.

We have several resident special interest clubs on site including 2 train clubs. These will be giving rides on Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays over the holidays.

Note - The mini trains run on Wednesday only. There may even be a tractor hay-ride on the go.

There are many walks around the Park, including through the beautiful native bush. Please be careful, have suitable footwear and make sure the track is not beyond the capabilities of you or others in your group.

We do not have a café although it is definitely in the future plans. We do have cold drinks, ice creams and snacks. There are 2 very good cafes very close to us and you are welcome to leave for lunch and return. Your ticket is for the whole day.

The Kiwi North Education Officer will be running a holiday programme Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 10 to 12, with fun conservation-based activities.

Children must be accompanied by an adult but that adult is free. The programme will include the Museum, Kiwi House and Tuatara encounter.

Please see the website. Bookings please - admin@kiwinorth.co.nz.

So we hope to see you these holidays, we would love to welcome you to our place. Our Place, Our Heritage - O tatou turangawaewae, O tatou taonga tuku iho. Kia ora.

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LocationKiwi North Museum, Kiwi House & Heritage Park, 500 State Highway 14, Maunu, Whangarei
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RestrictionsAll Ages

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Address500 State Highway 14, Maunu
Phone(09) 438 9630
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Visit the nocturnal Kiwi House and see the resident kiwi foraging for food as they would in the wild. Learn about Kiwi conservation or see if you can spot one of our native geckos.

The Museum is home to nationally significant taonga (Maori treasure), early settler displays and changing exhibitions. The Clarke Homestead “Glorat” built in 1886 and lived in by the Clarke family until the 1980s is a museum in itself, displaying the family’s treasures through the generations.

Other heritage buildings on site include the first Women’s Jail, Jane Mander’s Study, Oruaiti Chapel (made from a single Kauri log and believed to be New Zealand’s smallest church) and Riponui Pah School House.

Set aside several hours, bring a picnic and take in the grounds of Heritage Park.

Home to regular “Live Days” where you will see the Park come to life! – The Heritage Park Clubs open their doors to the public revealing displays of vintage farm machinery, stationary engines, and vintage cars. Novelty rides include miniature and full-sized trains, bullocks, miniature ponies and vintage tractors. Food stalls, face painting and an eclectic mix of family fun activities provide that festive flavour.

Park over property for NZ Motor Caravan Association members.

Bush walks and waterfall.

You will find Gate 1, Kiwi North only 6.2 ks from the Hub, Town Basin, Whangarei.