Falconer at Wingspan training an NZ falcon



  • what is Falconry?

    NZ falcon

    Falconry is hunting wild quarry in a natural state with trained birds of prey. It is one of the oldest forms of hunting and is practised in many countries around the world. Falconry worldwide currently involves the use of both wild birds and domestically produced birds, including captive breeding from permanently injured wild birds.

    When visiting the Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre you enter the world of falconry. In our museum you will learn about the history of this ancient practice and at 11:30am on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays we showcase falconry techniques during our unique flying displays. During these displays you will see the spectacular flying skills of falcons and hawks as they stoop and chase the falconer’s lure. If you're lucky you may see a falcon chase and catch its prey!

    During your visit you will learn about falconry around the world, the various species used and how Wingspan uses this age-old art to help the conservation of the threatened New Zealand falcon.

    Wingspan is open during Covid Level 1. Please email us at wingspan.nz@gmail.com or give us a call on (07) 357 4469 to enquire about booking availability for our flying displays. Tickets must be purchased in advance. They are transferable and valid for a year.

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    Our address is 1334 Paradise Valley Road, best accessed from the Ngongotaha end of Paradise Valley Road, and less than a kilometre from State Highway 5. Wingspan entrance driveway is directly opposite the large orange sign 'Velocity Valley' and Amaze Me.

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