Visit The Wingspan Bird of Prey Centre
Wingspan on the move
Wingspan will soon be on the move, and relocating to a new site, where we will be building a new centre with innovative displays, even more spectacular! We will keep you posted as developments progress for the official opening in August 2018.
In the meantime, our business and conservation programme will continue as normal, however there will be a change for visitors through this transition period.
1 – 31 December 2017: Flying displays at 2.00 pm daily, but CLOSED Christmas Day. Normal admissions apply.
1 – 28 January 2018: Last chance to see the Wingspan conservation programme, museum and aviaries at the current site. Visits will be by donation for the new centre! Staff and volunteers will have walk-through tours for visitors available at 11.00am, and 2.00pm daily, however there will no scheduled flying displays. We apologise for any inconvenience during this period, while we prepare our birds for shifting.
From 29th January 2018: CLOSED until further notice.
Prepaid tickets, vouchers/rain check cards and memberships: These will be honoured with a time extension, and will be available for admission at the new centre.
Through this transition period, it will be mostly business as usual including online retail, donations, research, rehabilitation, education and advocacy. Any questions? Just drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wingspan Board and Staff thank you for your continued support; together we have achieved some amazing things for New Zealand Birds of Prey and look forward to this new journey.
The raptor experience. A High Impact Encounter Not to Be Missed!
An understated entrance with a few farm paddocks, and modest farm buildings, the Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre is a real little gem. Featuring threatened New Zealand falcons, hawks and owls – this is a unique conservation programme, nationally significant as New Zealand’s first and only bird of prey centre.
Visitors to the Wingspan Centre are able to view a museum area and sneak previews into the incubation and service areas, before entering the main aviary – a landscaped, all-weather walkway. Themed with native plants and large aviaries, it is a very impressive facility of international standard.
Tickets can be purchased at the Centre on arrival.
Wingspan Flying Displays
A real highlight at The Centre is the flying display of falcons and other birds of prey over the surrounding farmland each afternoon. We practice the age-old art of falconry as a method to prepare birds for release into the wild.
The free flying falcons are passionately described as little ‘spitfires’. Visitors will be impressed by their fast flight, steep climbs and stoops.
Visitors welcome without appointment. Groups of 16+ will be required to book in advance.
Phone: 07 357 4469
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Flying Displays start at 2pm - we recommend arriving for 1.30 to get the best seat! Open daily from 9am to 3pm. Tickets may be purchased at the Centre on arrival or pre-ordered online, or using one of our other payment options. Tickets: Adults $25 | Children $10 | Seniors $20