Welcome the Kiwi House

Here at Kiwi North you can learn about the kiwi’s personality and how they behave in their natural habitat as well as Tuatara,  and our indigenous Gecko.

Inside the Kiwi House

Day is transformed into night inside our state of the art Kiwi house. Here you will see the Kiwi foraging for food as they would in the wild. The Kiwi is a nocturnal animal and the Kiwi House is kept dark so that visitors can see the bird in its natural environment.

Our mandate is to protect and promote our endangered native species in partnership with the Department of Conservation, Matakohe/Limestone Island and other conservation groups.

The Kiwi House opened to the public in 2011; this is the organization’s second Kiwi House, the first opened in 1990 from funds raised by the Whangarei Native Bird & Protection Society.


NZ's most iconic reptile and last living relative of the dinosaurs.

Tuatara is a Maori word meaning "spiny back". Tuatara habitat comprises of coastal forest or scrub with a relatively open under-storey. Like other reptiles, tuatara are cold blooded, which means their temperatures change with the air temperature. Tuatara are nocturnal and prefer cool weather, however they will often bask in the sun to warm their bodies - but they are careful to not over-heat. On warm nights they come out to hunt for food - mainly insects, lizards and seabird eggs and chicks.


Kiwi North has a selection of several endemic species.

The gecko’s colouring provides fantastic camouflage; it’s a real test to find them in their enclosures. The Northland and Auckland Green are bright green to blend with the leaves while the Forest Geckos blend with bark and lichen. Their diet consists of invertebrates, nectar and fruit.