The National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa incubates kiwi eggs and hatches kiwi chicks to save New Zealand’s national bird. Kiwi eggs get eaten by predators in the wild. Out of every 100 kiwi eggs laid in burrows in the forest, only five kiwi chicks will make it to adulthood. Kiwi eggs hatched in the safety of the National Kiwi Hatchery have a 98% survival rate. The National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa plays a vital role in saving kiwi.
It is a hugely complicated process finding and transporting kiwi eggs, incubating and hatching the baby chicks, rearing and feeding them until the chicks are stoat proof and then releasing them back into the forest as strong healthy adult kiwi. This process takes up to eight months at the Hatchery.
Hatching the kiwi eggs
The National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa works with conservation groups who find and collect kiwi eggs from 15 different forests and brings the eggs to their facility in Rotorua. The team of experts incubate the eggs and hatch kiwi chicks! They have hatched over 1800 kiwi eggs since they began.
The team of kiwi specialists at the Hatchery are global experts in hatching kiwi chicks. They hatch 130 kiwi chicks each year – two-thirds of all chicks incubated and hatched in New Zealand. Like us, they see each chick as a taonga (treasure). Every chick hatched is vitally important in the battle for the survival of the species
The National Kiwi Hatchery is located at Rainbow Springs Nature Park in Rotorua.
Join a tour and you’ll get to see kiwi eggs being incubated, the hatching process and newly hatched kiwi chicks. Every Kiwi Hatchery tour booked is a donation to their kiwi hatching programme… and you’ll get to see how they’re helping kiwi at the largest and most successful kiwi hatchery in the world.
The National Kiwi Hatchery is a cashless site – EFTPOS/Credit Card facilities are available.
The Hatchery is open Thursday – Sunday, from 8:30am – until 2pm, with tours every hour on the hour starting from 9am. The last tour of the day is at 1pm.
- Includes: 45 minute guided tour of the Kiwi Hatchery where eggs are incubated and chicks raised, kiwi nocturnal enclosure and free time to explore the interactive display area.
- Opening hours are 8.30am to 2pm
- Please note – The Hatchery is located within Rainbow Springs, however the main Rainbow Springs park is not currently operating – just the hatchery
- After making your booking online, you will receive a confirmation booking voucher which can be handed to, or shown from your digital device to the reception desk at the attraction or activity