Auckland Zoo Has It All
Home to New Zealand’s largest collection of native and exotic animals, Auckland Zoo is considered one of the most progressive zoos in the world.
Just minutes from central Auckland in Western Springs, you’ll find 17 hectares of wildlife and parkland, filled with hundreds of different species of animals and creatures. You’d be wild to think you can miss one of Auckland’s top ten tourist attractions!
Auckland Zoo is open every day of the year, except for Christmas, from 9:30am to 5:30pm in summer, and 9:30am to 5:00pm in winter.
Highlights of Auckland Zoo
If you have enough fingers and toes to count the 875 different animals that Auckland Zoo has to offer, you’ll agree that you have to see it to believe it.
Be transported to Africa and enjoy a mini safari when you step into the Pridelands. The kids will learn about the circle of life when they see animals such as the majestic lions lounging around, while the giraffes and southern white rhinoceros (the third largest land animal in the world) tower over them. Continue into the savannah with zebras, flamingos, cheetahs and more – there’s so much to discover.
When the desert habitats start to feel a bit barren, head over to the rainforest and tropical habitats and monkey around with the gibbons and baboons. If you’re feeling a bit daring, peer into the dense vegetation and see if you can spot the Bolivian blue-legged tarantula or Andean stripe-knee tarantulas.
Must See and Do
Taking up a fifth of Auckland Zoo’s 17 spectacular hectares is Te Wao Nui. In this precinct you’ll find six incredible habitats that will offer both locals and tourists an experience like no other.
Come high or low, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in New Zealand’s animals, plants and culture. From New Zealand fur seals in The Coast to the famous residents of the High Country, the kea and the whio (blue duck), this attraction is a must.
If you’re searching for a truly unforgettable experience, give the kids (or yourself!) the chance to get up and personal with your favourite animals. Auckland Zoo offers behind-the-scene experiences, where you can come close to the eye of the tiger, wash down an elephant, feed some cheeky monkeys or meet one of the rhinos! Kids also have the chance to be a zookeeper for a day with the junior keeper experience.
Not amazing enough for you? Not a problem – the animals aren’t the only things to see and do! If you’re a night owl, why not explore Auckland Zoo after dark on a night safari? Or put your camera to good use and snap up a challenge by taking a photography workshop, where a pro will offer you another perspective to see all those species.
Visiting Auckland Zoo
Auckland Zoo is a winner when it comes to naturalistic habitats and environments.
The kids will love the KidZone with all the domestic animals. From chickens, frogs, guinea pigs to bearded dragons, they’ll be fascinated by this area. Plus the outdoor area is a great place for them to run and climb around!
On Wednesdays at 11am, Friday at 2pm and Sunday’s at 11am, the zoo offers informative guided walks. The 1-hour tour is great for taking in all the highlights of the Zoo. At the same time you’ll also learn a thing or two about the Zoo’s long history.
Be sure to book ahead for Experience products so you don’t miss out!
Auckland Zoo prices range from $12 for kids to $28 for adults. Kids under 4 enter for free. Get a good deal when you take the whole family with a family pass.
The Zoo’s impressive layout makes it an attraction that is a must see on your list of things to do in Auckland. Keep in mind that it can get quite busy during school holidays around Christmas time, and on public holidays.
After a long and fun day at the zoo, kick back and relax at one of Best Western’s Auckland accommodations.