An understated entrance with a few farm paddocks, and modest farm buildings, the Wingspan centre is a real little gem.
Featuring threatened New Zealand falcons, hawks and owls – this is a unique conservation programme, is nationally significant as New Zealand’s first and only bird of prey centre.
A real highlight at the centre is the flying displays of falcons over the surrounding farmland each afternoon. Volunteers practice the age-old art of falconry as a method to prepare birds for release into the wild. These free flying falcons are passionately described as little ‘spitfires’. Visitors will be impressed by their fast flight, steep climbs and stoops.
Visitors to the Wingspan Centre are able to view a museum area and sneak previews into the incubation and service areas, before entering the main aviary – a landscaped, all-weather walkway. Themed with native plants and large aviaries, it is a very impressive facility of international standard.
Flying Displays start at 2pm – we recommend arriving for 1.30 to get the best seat! Open daily from 9am to 3pm.
The Goal of Wingspan Birds of Prey Trust is to: Restore New Zealand birds of prey into our daily lives and secure their long-term future through practical research based conservation action and education.