Here at Kiwi North you can learn about the unique kiwi and observe natural behaviour in the purpose built state-of-the-art nocturnal Kiwi House.

Also see native New Zealand geckos and invertebrates that fascinate and illuminate the miniature world.

Inside the Kiwi House

Here in Northland’s only nocturnal house we turn day into night, even replicating seasonal temperatures, to create a living, natural environment for New Zealand’s elusive iconic bird, the Kiwi. Watch them foraging for the live food and interacting in their enclosure just as they would in the wild. Cameras provide excellent viewing when they are inside their burrows preening, napping or simply doing the housework.


Learn more about our work with Kiwi


Did you know wētā have ears on their knees?

Or that Huhu spend most of their lives as grubs and only 2 weeks as an adult?

Or that stick insects can reproduce without males?


Kiwi North is home to a range of invertebrates that fascinate and illuminate the miniature world.

We also breed live invertebrates on site to feed our resident Kiwi and reptiles.


View several species of beautiful native gecko cleverly camouflaged within their environments. They are well worth the few minutes it can take to spot them. 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.