Staglands Wildlife Reserve, Wellington

4.7
#2 of 12 in Wildlife in Wellington
An alternative to conventional zoo experiences, Staglands Wildlife Reserve offers visitors the exciting opportunity to connect with nature in a beautiful, natural environment. Feed and freely interact with wildlife in this very special place--the product of one man’s passion and vision to experience nature at its best. The 10 hectare (24 acre) reserve features picturesque hills, streams, valleys, and ponds, developed carefully over the last 40 years. Walk through aviaries filled with twittering birds, feed cuddly kunekune piglets, discover the hardships of early settlers at a recreated frontier town, or enjoy a picnic surrounded by New Zealand's lush natural scenery. Located inside a traditional log building, the reserve cafe features outdoor seating areas and serves light meals and beverages. Plan to see Staglands Wildlife Reserve and other attractions that appeal to you using our Wellington trip itinerary planner. Plan to see Staglands Wildlife Reserve and other attractions that appeal to you using our Wellington trip itinerary planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Nice animal park in the bush in Upper Hutt, about 45 mins. north of Wellington. Great for families. Has a nice cafe and facilities for a picnic. Even a bbq. A bit of an adventuresome drive to get ther...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Our kids both young and old love Staglands. We have visited several times and the interaction with the animals is a highlight for all. Planning to visit again soon. Well worth the windy road trip to g...  more »
  • July 20, 2017
    Great family experience, but if you are a campervan driver beware. Also you will have great difficulty if your kids get car-sick. Not so bad from the Upper Hutt side, but the drive from the Waikanae s...  more »

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