Hands-on Experience

Get real close

Meet New Zealand Raptors

and support their future

Vouchers make great presents
Welcome to the Raptor Experience

Nau mai haere mai

Get up close with New Zealand's raptors in a unique, hands-on experience. Learn about New Zealand's meat eating birds, how they hunt, dangers to their safety and, their cultural significance.


Meet some of the birds which we have rehabilitated and unable to go back to the wild.


Our experienced guides will help you hold a kāhu hawk and teach you about all New Zealand's raptors, the:

  • kāhu / hawk
  • kārearea / falcon
  • ruru / morepork
  • little owl
  • barn owl


Sessions are available in Timaru on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays by prearrangement

Family visiting the Raptor Experience and meeting Tom the Kahu

At the Raptor Experience

a family meeting 'Tom' the kāhu
Our advocacy birds

Meet the team

We look after those that cannot go back into the wild. These become our team, performing the core of the Trust's work showing how raptors help create a better world for us all.

  • Tom Thumb

    was the smallest of siblings
  • Waihao

    Hit by car on Waihao Bridge
  • Zebedee

    Head trauma from car strike
  • Dougal

    Broken wing from car impact
Brought to you
by the New Zealand Raptor Trust

Your raptor experience helps our raptors.

The Trust relies on volunteers and donations to care for the sick, injured and orphaned raptors until ready to go home. 

Visits like yours help hugely with our funding, education and conservation efforts

Thank you!

  • Rescue

  • Medical care

  • Recovery

  • Release