FAQs

Here’s some frequently asked questions about Kiwiana Town

nz-mapWhere is Otorohanga?

It’s centrally located in the North Island on State Highway 3:

  • 2 hours south of Auckland
  • 45 minutes south of Hamilton
  • 15 minutes north of the world famous Waitomo Caves
  • 1½ hours west of Rotorua
  • 1½ hours north west of Taupo

How many Kiwiana display boxes are there?

Twenty-six and counting…

What are they about?

All Blacks, Aotearoa (New Zealand), ANZAC, Aunt Daisy, Bonus Bonds, Bruce McLaren, Buzzy Bee, Ches ’n Dale, Colin Meads, Come to the Table, Maori Kitsch, Marmite, No.8 Wire, NZ Music, Pavlova, Quarter Acre Section, Rural Life, School Days, School Milk, Sheep, Sir Edmund Hillary, Team New Zealand, The Farm Dog, The Kiwi, The Way we Played and Weetbix

What does it cost to see the Kiwiana displays?

It’s totally free!

When can we view the Kiwiana displays?

All day, every day of the year.

Why did Otorohanga decide to brand itself as the Kiwiana Town of New Zealand?

Otorohanga was already famous as the home of NZ’s first Kiwi House, established in 1971 to breed and display Kiwi. Our talented consultant and designer, David Walmsley (Design/Design, Rotorua) made the creative leap to establish Otorohanga as New Zealand’s official Kiwiana Town – celebrating all that is typically Kiwi: our icons, heroes and customs – in other words, KIWIANA…

What else has a Kiwiana theme in Otorohanga?

We have Kiwiana murals, corrugated-iron Kiwi sculptures, Kiwiana-themed public toilets and, of course, the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park, the best place to see a Kiwi!

What else can we see and do in Otorohanga?

There’s excellent shopping and dining in town, plus a wide range of Otorohanga tourist attractions here. In the wider Waitomo and King Country region you’ll find glowworm caves, Black Water Rafting, cave abseiling and wonderful free visitor attraction.

Where can we stay in Otorohanga?

There are a wide range of places to stay in and around Otorohanga.

Who do we contact to arrange a school visit?

Contact the Otorohanga i-SITE:

Freephone: 0800 12 2665
Email: i-site@otorohanga.co.nz

For $3 per person you will receive:

  • A ‘Meet and greet’ from a Kiwiana Town representative
  • A Hokey Pokey ice cream, Jaffas
  • A ‘Kiwiana Quiz’ sheet each

Do you have teaching resources about “Kiwiana”?

See our School Visits page for information and a Teacher Resource Kit – And don’t forget to download our Kiwiana Quiz.