Owlcatraz – Having a Hoot of a Time in New Zealand!

7224314Blessed with some of the world’s most spectacular natural scenery, New Zealand offers countless hours of fun and adventure for those who love the great outdoors. The country is also home to a fascinating range of animals and birds and has plenty of attractions that feature wildlife. One such attraction which can be enjoyed by the entire family is Owlcatraz!

Located around 30 minutes away from Palmerston North, Owlcatraz is a native bird and wildlife park which offers visitors a unique opportunity to get better acquainted with these intriguing nocturnal birds. Here you will get to know more about Ruru owls that are native to the country. The enclosures do not have any physical barriers so you can get up close with these birds that have characteristically large eyes.

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An interesting feature at the site is the fact that the owl residents have been cleverly named after celebrities and famous personalities; on your visit you will come across Owl Capone, Owlvis Presley and Owlivia Newton John to name a few! You even have the opportunity to have your picture taken with Owlby, who was reared at the park itself.

There is much more to see at the park however. Those embarking on the Farm Walk can also meet such animals as Oha Kune pig, the Jerusalem donkey known as Artemus that you can hand feed, the ostriches, Windy and Storm and Mai Deer who is a red deer variety.

At the site you can also explore Lake Owlsmere where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll amidst picturesque natural scenery and birdlife including ducks. Not to be missed is a chance to see and learn more about the North Island Weka, an endangered flightless bird species. The man-made Wairuru Caves and the ye olde Shannon Jail with its collection of owls are among the other attractions at the site that provide plenty of fun and entertainment for young and old alike.

Those in search of New Zealand hotels in the region can stay at Kingsgate Hotel Palmerston North. This property belongs to Millennium & Copthorne Hotels NZ that has many hotels in key locations in the country and which offer New Zealand hotel deals that help you get the most from your stay.


Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.