Summer School Holidays

About this image

Whangarei Fritter Festival

Sorry, this event has been and gone.

Sitting on 25 hectares with the Whangarei Museum, the only Kiwi House is Northland and the Heritage Park to explore Kiwi North is a great place to visit with family and visitors this summer.

Open every day, except 25th and 26th December 10am to 4pm.

What is happening when: - Kiwi feeding with keeper talk - daily 11am, 1pm, 3pm - Tuatara encounter - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8th to 26th, after 11am Kiwi feeding - Bernina Up-Close Exhibition - daily until 29th January, included in general admission. - School Holiday Programme with the Kiwi North Educator - Monday 8th to Friday 26th, 10am to 12pm.

Bookings essential, check website for programme details. $5 per child, 5 to 14, must be accompanied by an adult (free).

  • Rock and Mineral Show - 20th and 21st January
  • Medieval Madness 2018 - Sunday 28th January, 10am to 3pm, Adults $10, Children free - includes entry to Museum and Kiwi House
  • Heritage Park Rides - Wednesday 8th to Friday 26th January, 10 to 2, Note - Mini Trains Wednesdays only.

Kiwi North provides the only captive Kiwi and Tuatara viewing in Northland. Our kiwi are part of the captive breeding programme, and we have Department of Conservation permits for display and advocacy. We do not breed here and when they are mature our resident pair will move on to a breeding facility, and we will get two more young birds to raise and introduce our visitors to.

We are doing our bit to save our national icon by telling others why they are so very special. Another amazing animal unique to New Zealand is the Tuatara, our living dinosaur. Although Flash is not quite 8 years old, the species has been around and survived for over 250 million years! During school holidays our Tuatara comes out for an encounter on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, starting Monday 8th January through to Friday 26th January.

This is held after 11am Kiwi feeding and always at the discretion of the keeper as the welfare of the animal is always our priority. But we have never had to postpone. We also have native gecko, and there is lots to see and learn in the living natural history section.

Through in the adjoining Whangarei Museum local social and natural history is exhibited. This includes a fabulous WW1 Centennial Exhibition, the Moa Caver Exhibition, the story of Whangarei's very own Moa discovered on the edge of the city 4 years ago, a selection of our large taonga Maori section and various other displays.

The Mim Ringer Gallery is displaying the Bernina Up-Close Exhibition, with entries from the 40th Bernina Northland Fashion Awards. The Trash to Fashion and Wearable Art pieces are astounding, and it is a great opportunity to see them "up-close' and work out what they are made of and how. The young age of many of the contestants says a lot about the huge pool of creative talent that Northland seems to produce constantly.

School Holiday Programme with the Kiwi North Educator- (listed separately) - 8th to 26th January.

Out on the Park you can explore the heritage buildings including the original 1886 homestead, The Clarke Homestead, a museum in her own right. On certain days (listed below) the resident clubs will have their doors open with mini trains, big trains and tractors giving rides to visitors.

Medieval Madness Sunday 28th January (listed separately) - a fantastic event day, unique to Kiwi North here is Northland. Medieval displays on horseback, combat displays, games, food and fun. The awesome drumming band Clan Celtica will be with us again this year, with their wild tribal thunder! A rousing way to end the school holidays.

So come and spend some time with us this summer. An hour, half a day, all day. Your ticket allows all day entry, including leaving and returning on the same day if you wish.

Dates & Times

  • Sorry, this event has been and gone.

More information

LocationKiwi North Museum, Kiwi House & Heritage Park, 500 State Highway 14, Maunu, Whangarei
WebsiteVisit Event Website →
Cost $20.00 Adults
$15.00 Adult Students
$15.00 Seniors
$5.00 Children at school
$45.00 Family pass
RestrictionsAll Ages

Venue details

Address500 State Highway 14, Maunu
Phone(09) 438 9630
WebsiteVisit Venue Website →
About this Venue

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.