Auckland Zoo, Auckland Central

Become a zookeeper for a day at , located near the city's central business district. Established in the 1920s, this 16 hectare (40 acre) zoo protects and exhibits animals native to New Zealand as well as a few species from distant corners of the world. Six themed zones devoted to the country's indigenous animals shelter ducks, herons, eels, frogs, owls, lizards, seals, and penguins. Every day the zoo hosts free, informative animal encounters, where professional zookeepers share their experiences and teach visitors about the many challenges of wildlife conservation. Check the website for a detailed listing of all daily encounters and tours. Make Auckland Zoo a centerpiece of your Auckland Central vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Auckland Central trip planner .
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  • An easy way to fill in most of a day with young kids. Food is typically fast food but the kids burger was pretty good. Also close to MOTAT (Museum of Transport and technology) and able to catch the tr...  more »
  • I had grandchildren visiting for Christmas from the UK and two grandchildren in New Zealand.i emailed Fiona at the Zoo and asked for any ideas she may have for a special time at the Zoo with the grand...  more »
  • First time ever at this Zoo, I am normally not a huge fan of Zoos but I found this one very nice. Big areas for the different animals. My daughter was hoping to see a horse but was absolutely amazed w...  more »
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  • I had no idea what to expect from Auckland zoo. Turns out it's awesome! They have a really wide mix of animals, from your traditional giraffes and the like, through to some weird and wonderful local animals. Seeing kiwis so close was amazing! Whilst I was there they had a bug exhibition on too which was well worth the extra entrance fee. All in all a really enjoyable day out for the family.
  • We visited Auckland for a few days and one of our goals was to visit the zoo. Auckland Zoo was well worth the trip. It is well maintained, has a good layout and a nice selection of animals that the children really enjoyed. In particular, the Galapagos Tortoises and South American parrots were excellent. The children also really enjoyed the African animals, and the elephants were a big hit. The New Zealand section is also well worth the time, as you get to see some of those harder to see birds and lizards you wouldn't normally see. We visited when the elephant show was on and the children were captivated. We spent 3 hours at the zoo, and saw mostly everything. Make sure you bring a hat on sunny days!
  • Came to New Zealand for vacation. Near the end of our vacation, we decided to visit the zoo and it was a good idea! Took about 2-3 hours to view everything. Finally saw a Kiwi bird, not one but two! The zoo have a nice layout. There was some animals that wasn’t on site but it was fine. It was a great day at the zoo. We had lots of fun.
  • The Auckland Zoo has a great section for New Zealand wildlife. I found the large open air mesh-covered NZ 🐦 "cage" (it was more like a small forest). This is were I met one of the zoo keepers feeding the birds, she was very nice and a great guide to all of the different kinda of birds. The parrots would pose on the rails making really easy to take photos. The kiwi bird exhibit is great but it is hard to take photos because its pretty dark. The rest of the zoo was pretty standard. The cafe at the zoo was a bit crowded but the setting was really nice and the food was great. All in all I would highly recommend the zoo as family day trip or as a chance for a tourist to see some of the native animals they missed on their trip.
  • This is a spectacular zoo! We love going to the zoo and this one is great. Easy trails to follow, nice atmosphere, a fairly wide variety of animals and one of the coolest enclosures I've ever seen. The Kiwi Bird exhibit is awesome! Such a treat to see the national bird up close and running around. Would definitely recommend a visit.

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