ABOUT Kiwi Park

Nuture, Nature, Now

a haven for native wildlife

Kiwi Park was not always a haven for native wildlife. Originally an unofficial rubbish tip, locals Dick and Noeleen Wilson leased the land in 1984 and began clearing the grounds with the vision of creating a wildlife sanctuary in the heart of Queenstown.

Initially conceived as a sanctuary for the iconic Kiwi bird, we quickly expanded our focus to encompass a wide range of New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna. Over the years, we have become a hub for conservation research and public awareness campaigns, highlighting the importance of protecting the country’s endemic species from threats such as habitat destruction and introduced predators.

Visitors to the park have the opportunity to learn about our conservation initiatives through interactive exhibits, guided tours, and educational programs tailored for all ages.

Today, Kiwi Park continues to play a vital role in wildlife conservation, working closely with government agencies, conservation organizations, and local communities to safeguard New Zealand’s natural heritage.

OUR STORY

The Kiwi Park was not always a haven for native birdlife. Originally an unofficial rubbish tip, locals Dick and Noeleen Wilson leased the land in 1984 and began clearing the grounds with the vision of creating an oasis in the heart of the town.ย 

Our Mission
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Our mission is to help protect and restore our native taonga species through managed conservation projects and education.ย 

We celebrate the species, people and the environment we work in. We aim to educate our visitors about the importance of conservation and the need to protect New Zealand native wildlife.ย 

meet the wildlife

We currently have over 20 native bird and reptile species at the Kiwi Park that are either here part of a managed conservation program or brought to us for rehabilitation.

Read about them here.

Conservation

We are committed to conserving & protecting New Zealand wildlife & their habitats.

The Kiwi Park is fully certified with providing positive animal welfare by the Zoo and Aquarium association (ZAA) as well as being fully permitted by the Department of Conservation (DOC).ย