The endangered bird, named Manu, has come to Paignton Zoo from Frankfurt Zoo in Germany.
Before the bird arrived local metal detectors were used to check the new enclosure for "potentially dangerous bits of metal", the zoo said.
The bird, which lives in the wild in New Zealand and probes the soil for food, is the country's national symbol.
'Lays largest egg'
Jo Gregson, curator of birds. said: "Kiwis need special care and attention and the substrate is important because they probe down into the ground.
"You have to sieve sand and check dry leaves before you put them in."