Auckland Zoo - Auckland
The kids will love the animal encounter where they can get closer to the animals and even feed them.
Auckland Zoo is one of the world's premier nature parks and conservation centres with over 750 animals and 120 different species. Not just somewhere to come and see wonderful creatures, the Zoo is also dedicated to the preservation and research of some of the planet's most beautiful wildlife and wild places.
Incorporating a rich educational and training programme throughout the year, visitors can explore nearly 17 hectares of spacious enclosures, walk-through exhibits and see animals like Rukiya the giraffe in Pridelands, and Faith the hippo at Hippo River.
Lions, tigers and cheetahs prowl their naturalistic enclosures, while tropical birds and colourful lizards laze in the sunshine just yards away. The popular meerkats are guaranteed to entertain with their inquisitive nature, and over near Willow Island, you'll see alligators slinking in and out of the water. Next door, the mischievous cotton-top tamarins, lemurs and orangutans are fascinating reminders of where we all come from, and many visitors spend more than a few minutes staring at the monkeys to see if they can spot a family resemblance!
In 2011, the long-awaited Te Wao Nui precinct opened at the Zoo and is a celebration of New Zealand's natural flora, fauna and culture. Wander through different environments such as The Coast, The Wetlands and The High Country to see incredible plants, flowers, fish and animals.
Auckland Zoo is well laid out and designed to offer visitors an easy, fact-filled journey through nature. There's a KidZone where children can learn to care for their pets, playgrounds, cafes, a gift shop and plenty of mobility facilities. Visitors can also learn more about specific animals through daily Animal Encounters where keepers give talks from animal enclosures.
A unique feature of Auckland Zoo is the New Zealand Centre For Conservation Medicine (NZCCM), the world's first national centre for conservation medicine. Visitors can sit in the viewing gallery and actually watch operations being performed, learn more about the animals and hopefully better understand the need to protect them. The Zoo holds regular events designed to bring the community and the animals closer together, so it's worth checking out the website before you go.
1st September - 30th April: Daily 9.30am - 5.30pm (last admissions 4.15pm)
1st May - 31st August: Daily 9.30am - 5pm (last admission 4.15pm)
Closed Christmas Day.
Adults (15 years+) $28.00
Child (4 to 14 years) $12.00 (must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 years or older)
Infants (under 4 years) FREE
Senior citizens (ID required) $23.00
Students (student ID required) $23.00
Family pass 1 (1 adult, 2 children) $47.00
Family pass 2 (2 adults, 2 children) $72.00
Additional children (added to either family pass) $10 per child