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Zoos and Wildlife Reserves in New Zealand

New Zealand is home to a number of fantastic zoos and wildlife reserves, offering visitors the chance to see, and occasionally interact with, a variety of native and non native species. New Zealand strives to conserve and protect all species of animals. With huge, open enclosures for the creatures to enjoy, and a proactive role in breeding programs, you can be sure that the animals you’re seeing are living healthy, happy lives.

Auckland Zoo

With almost 900 hundred animals and 138 different species, Auckland Zoo proudly boasts the largest collection of native, non native and exotic mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians in the country. There’s daily events and free animal encounters, where you can learn from the guides and keepers as they share their knowledge. There are also behind the scenes tours, safari nights, photography workshops and junior keeper programs.

Staglands Wildlife Reserve

Offering visitors the chance to freely walk among the animals and interact with them, Staglands is one of the most popular activities in the Wellington area. There’s a wide variety of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles to enjoy and you can even purchase healthy animal feed, allowing visitors to feed the animals. The on site cafe is a fantastic place to relax and there are events throughout the year.

Otorohanga Kiwi House

With daily opportunities to get up close and personal with Kiwis, keeper talks and feeding displays, the Kiwi House is one of the best places to see Kiwis in the world. They have special nocturnal kiwi houses and work to conserve endangered, rarer species of Kiwi. The emphasis is on birds and reptiles at this park, and there are several areas to explore.

Orana Wildlife Park

For an exciting animal adventure just outside of Christchurch, head for Orana. With 80 hectares packed full of native and exotic creatures, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. There are scheduled feeding times which visitors can partake in, as well as guided tours and daily presentations. With the chance to see New Zealand’s only gorillas and hand feed majestic giraffes, it’s a must for anyone in the area.


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