Butterfly Creek

Guaranteed to be a memorable day out for everyone, Butterfly Creek is unique, fun, and educational! This family friendly Auckland attraction has a number of special exhibits and animal collections that will no doubt appeal to any wildlife lover.

Since opening in late 2003, Butterfly Creek has attracted many visitors from around the world with their immersive exhibits. This attraction can easily be crossed off of your ‘things to do in Auckland’ checklist with its convenient location right by the airport.


Highlights of Butterfly Creek

The Butterfly House

Inside the Butterfly House, your childhood dream of being immersed among living butterflies can be a dream come true. Watch in wonder as they flutter around you and, if you’re lucky enough, land on you! Here’s a tip, if you want to attract these beautiful insects – butterflies are attracted to bright colours such as red, blue and orange. Get in early if you want the best spot when they release the newly hatched butterflies, daily from 10am and 3pm!



Choo choo! All aboard! Ride around Butterfly Creek on the Red Admiral Express train as it makes it way to Dinosaur Kingdom and passes through the tunnel. Trains depart every half hour, starting at 10:15am on weekends and 10:45am on weekdays.

Please note that the train is not included in the ticket prices for Butterfly Creek, and is purchased separately.



Scar and Goldie enjoy having a great audience. These impressive Aussie Saltwater crocodiles weigh more than half a ton each. Catch them in action with their keepers at the croc talk, daily at 1:00pm.


Must See and Do

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Cotton-top Tamarin monkeys will steal your heart with their cuteness. These types of Tamarins were once found in several Central American countries, but are now found only in the rainforests of Northwestern Colombia. Luckily for you, four of these cheeky little animals can be found at Butterfly Creek. Miracle, Chaska, Merida and Ay were re-homed from Franklin Zoo after its recent closure, and have since enjoyed the limelight as visitors flock to see these rare creatures.

Catch them as they feed on insects, fruit, small invertebrates and other plant material daily at 2:00pm at the Monkey feedings.


Dinosaur Kingdom

Auckland’s own Jurassic Park – the Dinosaur Kingdom – will take you back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the land. With over 30 dinosaurs, this attraction features fossils, skeletons and lifelike dinosaur displays. Snap some great photos and give your friends dinosaur-envy.


Buttermilk Farm

Get up close with some of your favourite farm animals in this highly interactive farmyard – children are welcome to hold and pat the animals. The kids will love petting the soft coats of the rabbits, or feeding the goats as they eat right out of the palm of their hands! Say hello to Mila, the resident labrador farm dog who’s always looking for a good pat, and dance along with lorikeet Freddie. Don’t miss all the cute rabbits, guinea pigs, Angora and mixed breed goats, alpacas, sheep and pigs, as well as the chickens and other birds that like to roam around!


Junior Keeper

Do you have a child who loves animals and want to learn more about them? The Junior Keeper programme will give your kids the ultimate hands-on experience as they learn what it takes to be a zookeeper. From cleaning, feeding, monitoring, and of course caring and playing with the animals, your junior keeper will be buzzing around Butterfly Creek for the day. Make sure you book your child in early, as places can fill up quick!

Visiting Butterfly Creek

Butterfly Creek is a convenient and short 20km drive south of Auckland city, or a 2 minute drive from the domestic and international airports.

If you’re coming from Auckland city, the Airbus Express bus takes you to the airport terminals. From there, Butterfly Creek is a short 5 minute walk.

Butterfly Creek prices range from $10 to $27, depending on the options and age of attendee. If you’re bringing friends and family along, grab a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more. Children under 3 enter for free.


Butterfly Creek opening hours:

April – October
9:30 to 5:00pm, last entry 4:00pm

November – March
9:30 to 5:00pm, last entry at 4:00pm (Monday to Friday)
9:30 to 5:30pm, last entry at 4:30pm (Weekends, school & public holidays)

After a long day having fun immersed in Butterfly Creek’s attractions and exhibits, why not sit back, relax and take a much deserved break at one of Best Western’s Auckland accommodations?