Staglands Wildlife Reserve, Wellington

(4.6/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I love this place the environment , the wildlife , the gardens and landscape itself is beautiful . I enjoyed the bus ride to Staglands lovely scenic views . 
  • Went with my husband and 11 month old. There are lots of animals for the little ones to see up close and interact with, it exceeded our expectations! The reserve has a great set up and path to follow,...  more »
  • The setting of the reserve is beautiful. It's a great place to take a picnic and walk around. The highlight for one of the kids was the tractor ride (free). He went on it twice and would have loved to...  more »
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  • Had my daughters 8th birthday party there in August with 8 /9 kids n it was FANTASTIC!!!! The kids all said it was the best day ever!!! followed by it was the best /Coolest /most awesome birthday party ever!!! The staff were Amazing!! I Booked in Advance n got the date i wanted. It was well worth the Incredibly affordable Price per child!!! Which Included yummy n Health party Food, menu options, Loot bags with real post cards from staglands, entrance fee for the day, stickers, lollies n balloon each!!!! As well as a family pass for a return visit for my family n a child entrance for every child that came to return free!!!!!! The grounds are huge!!!! There were so many different animals to see n pet!!! Eel n Baby eel Pools too!! Bunnies, Guinea pigs, horses, Donkeys, birds, ducks you name it!!! As well as a big playground area for the kids! N bbq n Picnic area as well!!! So Other options available for Other Budgets!!!! We all had a absolutely fantastic Time!!! that im sure will be remembered n treasured, by not only myself n my Daughter! But by all the kids n parents that came Along too!!! What an Amazing Experience!!! Thank you Staglands!!!!! You totally Rock!!! :-) =-O ;-) We will definitely be returning for more memorable adventures!!!
  • Staglands is the best "petting zoo" I've ever been to. It's like a really good cross between Wellington Zoo and Zealandia minus the African animals. The thing I love most about staglands is that even though the bulk of the animals are farm animals, they are mostly free range in a very natural environment. There is so much natural NZ, and native birds that I am happy to pay money to go at least once a year to visit with my kids. I just love it! Also has a nice cafe, and picnic areas! Great way to spend a day with family or friends!
  • Awesome nature park.. try to find better in NZ it doesnt exist the way this place has been built and respected.
  • Great place to take the kids. Our kids 3 & 5 years love it. Very well laid out and maintained. The cafe also has some good options. Been more than 5 times and will definitely return in the future.
  • The drive out here, either from Upper Hutt or Waikanae, is on a winding road but the destination is worth it - It is so perfect to chillax to, either in the cafe or with a picnic when taking in the animal sights and sounds. Make sure you allow enough time to fully wander round as this is best experienced when you aren't clock watching ;-)