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This vibrant town in the southern part of the Waikato, New Zealand has plenty of attractions that draw people from near and far. It’s full of Kiwiana memorabilia, has an exciting events calendar, and is the gateway to the many things to do in Waitomo.

Ōtorohanga boasts the Ōtorohanga Kiwi House, indoor rock climbing, the interesting Courthouse, Museum & Waka House, which features a collection of the town's pioneering buildings, and is just a 15-minute drive from glowworm caves, black water rafting and other Waitomo adventures. With plenty of walking trails, funky eateries, and boutique accommodation, it’s easy to while away the day, or spend a few nights while exploring the wider area including Waitomo and Te Kuiti.

Kiwiana capital

Ōtorohanga is known as the Kiwiana capital of New Zealand; there are no North Island attractions quite like it.

Its main street features a Kiwiana display gallery, murals and sculptures, and the public toilets are a light-hearted tribute to NZ's popular culture.

There are carved "pou" (totem poles) in the town centre that pay tribute to the ancestors of the local Manaiapoto people and a bronze bowler hat on a greenstone and stone plinth, which pays tribute to the region’s history.

The Sir Ed Hillary Walkway in the main town also provides a unique insight into all things kiwiana, with children’s quiz sheets available from the i-SITE,

Ōtorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park

The Ōtorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park is Ōtorohanga’s pride and joy.

Set in park-like surroundings, the Ōtorohanga Kiwi House gives you a rare chance to get up close and personal with New Zealand's largest public collection of native bird and reptiles. From seeing kiwi in the nocturnal enclosure, to unique reptiles such as Tuatara and gecko’s as well as morepork, tui, kea and kakariki up close.

The Kiwi House also features New Zealand's original walk-through aviary, where visitors can see native birds in a natural rainforest habitat.

The Ōtorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park is dedicated to the conservation of New Zealand's native wildlife, helping protect the endangered kiwi by incubating and raises chicks for release into the wild.