Hamilton Zoo, Hamilton

4.5
#1 of 9 in Outdoors in Hamilton
Marvel at a range of animals from around the world at Hamilton Zoo, one of the region's largest parks of its kind. Home to more than 400 individual animals representing over 90 species, the zoo boasts fan-favorite creatures like red pandas, lemurs, and Sumatran tigers. Wander the extensive grounds and its array of themed exhibits, where you can view chimpanzees, reptiles, rainforest residents, and local wetland creatures in their recreated natural habitats. Don't miss seeing the rare kunekune, a friendly pig species native to the country. Check out the website for information regarding keeper talks, special events, and group bookings. Use our Hamilton travel itinerary maker to visit Hamilton Zoo on your trip to Hamilton, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Great set-up and it's clear there;'s more in the making for this great little zoo. We did the Rhino experience which was pretty amazing and the staff clearly really care about what they do and the ani...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Fantastic zoo for a walk round - especially in summer when it is hot as there is lots of shade. Good selection of animals - you can hand feed some of the animals and I recommend the giraffes.  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    Great place to spend the day wzndering around the animals. Fantastic to be there at Giraffe and Tiger feeding times.  more »
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  • We are family members so a great place for a good walk around and playground for the kids we can visit as many times as we like during the year. Great coffee at the cafe too.
  • Great little zoo; large enclosures in a very nice set-up. Love the rainforest track and how it integrated the animals. More a composition of flora and fauna than your usual exhibition of animals. Their staff is very friendly and helpful. Definitely recommend to visit when coming for a trip to Hamilton; kids will love that zoo.
  • If you're staying in Hamilton, or coming from Auckland for a day, this zoo has heaps to offer. It feels more spacious and the exhibits seem easier to get close to compared to Auckland Zoo. Definitely need at least a good 4 hours or more to see everything.
  • Great zoo..animals looked very happy and healthy. Lovely walk around too.
  • Lovely park-like grounds and a good variety of animals exhibited make this a place to be visited. Take your picnic lunch or buy there from a fairly ordinary cafe. It's easy to find from Hamilton. The staff were friendly and helpful. I'll be back there!

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