Wingspan Bird of Prey Centre

Wingspan Visits

Wingspan Bird of Prey Centre Visits

  • Wingspan Visits


    The new Wingspan site remains under development, however we are thrilled to offer hosted one hour ‘Progress Visits’ on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays by appointment. Bookings are strictly limited, so contact us early to check availability and avoid disappointment.

    wingspan dotTiming: 'Flight of the Falcon' starts at 11:30am and runs for about an hour. Best time to arrive is 10-15 minutes beforehand and meet in the carpark for visitor sign in. A seat will have been reserved for your group; please do not switch seats.

    wingspan dotLocation: 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.

    wingspan dotAdmission: Members and sponsors of the Wingspan programme are complimentary, otherwise $30 adult, $25 senior and just $15 for children at school. Pre-payment is recommended:  tickets can be purchased in advance via credit/debit card over the phone, through our online shop, or by internet banking. If cancellation is required, all tickets are transferable and valid for one year. A small retail section is available, proceeds of these sales contribute directly to the Wingspan conservation programme. Donations are always welcomed.   buy tickets online →

    wingspan dotWeather: The flight display is an outdoor activity. Seating is provided in the farm paddock, with stunning views overlooking Lake Rotorua. In the event of heavy rain, an opportunity to meet a raptor will be provided within the Falconers Shed. Sun/rain umbrellas are available during your visit.

    wingspan dotHouse-keeping: Wingspan main gates are unlocked by 11.15am, no public access after 2pm. A port-a-loo is available onsite for your convenience – located to the side of the Falconer's Shed. For security reasons, vehicles in the car park should be locked at all times. The Wingspan site is not suitable for pets. Photography for personal use is welcomed, however images for commercial purpose require copyright permission.

    wingspan dotHealth and Safety: Please do not visit if you or anyone in your group feels unwell. The work site is a multiple hazard area as development and construction continues. Children must be supervised at all times. During this development, with uneven surfaces, the site is not yet suitable for wheelchairs. First aid and defibrillator are available onsite. For security reasons, the temporary aviaries, cottage and office areas are restricted to staff only. Please be careful when exiting onto the main road.

    Contact Us:
    Call 07-357-4469 (9am-4pm daily).
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    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

    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.

  • Wingspan Flying Displays

    Wingspan NZ Falcon

    A real highlight is the flying display of falcons and other birds of prey. We practice the age-old art of falconry to prepare birds for release into the wild. Visitors will be impressed by the falcons fast flight, steep climbs and stoops. Bookings essential. Phone: (07) 357 4469 (9am-4pm).

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    Flying Displays - Tickets: Adults $30 | Children $15 | Seniors $25