Timings : 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Time Required : 2-3 hours
Entry Fee : Adults - NZD 25 and Children - NZD 10
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Wingspan, also known as the Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, is New Zealand's leading centre for educating, conserving and researching the birds of prey native to the region. The attraction is located in Rotorua, New Zealand. Here, tourists get to observe the birds of prey at close distances and even get an opportunity to hold them. In addition, the surroundings of Wingspan are conserved to allow the birds to thrive in their natural environment.
The Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre was opened in 2002, but its beginning goes back to the 1980s (their charitable trust was founded in 1992). One of the primary reasons for establishing this centre was to protect and conserve a specific falcon species of New Zealand, Karearea. The Karearea Falcons are threatened in the region, and the idea to protect them comes from their importance in the Maori tribe. Traditionally, Falcons are treasured in their culture, and Wingspan helps keep those traditions alive. The centre works persistently on the bird species by rehabilitating injured birds, releasing captive ones and enabling long-term sustained conservation through extensive research. Nature lovers and ecologists are naturally drawn to this place. A tour here is quite an educational treat too. Therefore, parents often bring their children along for a great time learning and having fun together.
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