Wingspan Bird of Prey Centre

Visit Wingspan from 28 May

Visit The Wingspan Bird of Prey Centre

  • Wingspan Visits Re-open Thursday 28 May  

     

    Visits to Wingspan re-open on 28th of May just in time for Queen's Birthday weekend! We will also be open on Friday 29th, Saturday 30th and Monday 1st of June. After this, we will be open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The health and safety of our staff and visitors are important to us.

    Due to Covid-19, we have made a few changes to protocols and procedures.

    wingspan dotBookings are essential as there is limited seating available.
    Call us on (07) 357 4469 or email us: wingspan.nz@gmail.com

    wingspan dotContact details will need to be provided for tracing purposes. To avoid disappointment bookings must be confirmed the day before your visit. If cancellation is required, all tickets are transferable and valid for one year. click here to order online.

    wingspan dotTickets can be purchased in advance via credit/debit card over the phone, through our online shop, or by internet banking. (Please confirm availability prior to purchase)

    wingspan dotWingspan members visits remain complimentary all year round, but will still need to be booked. A family membership is a $100 tax deductible donation that contributes to the program.

    wingspan dotThe flight display is an outdoor, all-weather activity. Visitors will need to bring warm clothes and an umbrella/raincoat as these cannot be provided by Wingspan at this time.

    wingspan dotThe flight display runs from 11:30am to 12:45pm. Recommended arrival time is 5-15 minutes beforehand. Visitors need to wait in the car park for the host to come and greet you and sign you in.

    wingspan dotA seat will have been reserved for your group. Please do not switch seats.

    wingspan dotFeel free to browse the retail area/museum in the Falconer's Shed after the show, but maintain physical distancing and avoid handling items where possible.

    wingspan dotChildren must be supervised at all times.

    wingspan dotThere is only one Port-a-Loo on-site, so we recommend using the bathroom before your visit

    wingspan dotPlease don’t visit if you or anyone else in your group feels unwell.

  • Wingspan on the move

     

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

    Location: Our new 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, you will see a sign 'No Entry - Authorised Personnel only', that’s us! Drive in to the main carpark.

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    Admission: Members and sponsors of the Wingspan programme are complimentary, otherwise $30 adult, and just $15 for children at school. Pre-purchase of tickets is available online. A small retail section is available, proceeds of these sales contribute directly to the Wingspan conservation programme. Donations are always welcomed.

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    Weather: The flight training 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 if safe distancing can be maintained. Umbrellas, blankets and hot water bottles are not available for visits during Covid-19 health and safety protocol.

    House-keeping: Wingspan main gates are unlocked by 11.15am, no public access after 2pm. 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 requires copyright permission.

    Health and Safety: 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, no admittance to the temporary aviaries, cottage, or office areas, and is restricted to staff only. Please be careful when exiting the property onto the main road.

    Contact Us:
    Call 07-357-4469 (9am-4pm daily).
    Email: wingspan.nz@gmail.com
    Facebook Messenger: m.me/164861640212071

    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 wingspan.nz@gmail.com.

    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