Trout & Wildlife
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
See magnificent specimens of Rainbow, Brown and Tiger trout and Brook Char cruising the clear fern-fringed pools at Rainbow Springs. The large aviaries at Rainbow Springs are also home to many of New Zealand’s native birds. A truly remarkable sight is the Tuatara, a species endemic to New Zealand and a real dinosaur of the past. Tuataras are normally only found on New Zealand’s off-shore islands so this is a great opportunity to view these spectacular creatures.
Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs invites you to get right up close to New Zealand’s national icon. Kiwi eggs from the wild are incubated, hatched and raised right here at Rainbow Springs before being released back into the wild. Your admission includes a 45-min guided tour of this conservation in action. Reservations are essential.
The lakes and rivers surrounding our region are world-famous for their abundant and trophy-sized Trout. Experience the thrill of hooking a Rainbow Trout, then taking it home to Holdens Bay Holiday Park to eat fresh for dinner! There are many Trout Fishing guides based in Rotorua, catering for the complete novice through to the adept angler. You can even combine your trout fishing excursion with a scenic cruise, thrilling water sports (such as wakeboarding or tubing) or a visit to Hot Water Beach (reached only by boat) to relax in the natural thermal waters. We would be happy to book your adventure with the professional team at Clearwater Charters, or advise you of other great guides and charter operators.
Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park
Kids (and big kids too!) will enjoy seeing a pride of wild lions at Paradise Valley Springs. The best time to visit is 2.30pm – feeding time! You can even pat gorgeous Lion cubs when available (and have your photo taken with them).
Paradise Valley Springs is also a beautiful Trout, Bird and Wildlife sanctuary set in native bush. There are freshwater springs (some of the purest drinking water in the world!), pools and a beautiful trout stream. You can hand-feed most of the animals, and your admission includes feed.