Auckland Zoo

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Timings : 9.30 AM - 5.30 PM (1 September to 30 April)
9.30 AM - 5.00 PM (1 May to 31 August)
Last Entry: 4.15 PM

Entry Fee : Adult - NZD 24,
Child - NZD 13

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Auckland Zoo, Auckland Overview

Opened in December 1922, the Auckland Zoo is now in its 96th year of operation. It is one of New Zealand’s premier zoological parks. Spread over 40 acres of land, located 6 km from central Auckland. The Auckland Zoo is home to nearly 1400 animals of 138 different species. Divided into regions specific to where the various animals are from, the Auckland Zoo has recently begun work on developing a South-East Asian wing for the endemic flora and fauna of the region.

This 40-acre zoological garden is home to some 120 species of native and exotic animals. The zoo has evolved immensely since it first opened in 1922, acquiring various new animals and expanding in size. It has many different enclosures and exhibits for the other animals, such as the hippo river, the orangutan trail, and the tiger territory. It even has a kids' play area with animals like chickens, guinea pigs and frogs displayed. In addition, the Auckland Zoo houses the New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine, the first such institution globally.

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Tickets and Prices

Adult tickets (Ages 15+) - NZD 24
Child tickets (Ages 4-14) - NZD 13
Infant tickets (Ages 0-3) - Free
Senior tickets (Ages 65+)- NZD 19

These ticket prices are online ticket prices. Tickets purchased at the gate at Auckland Zoo may cost up to NZD 28 for an adult admission ticket.

What to Eat

The Old Elephant House is a restaurant within the Auckland Zoo that promises meals sure to satisfy visitor’s voracious appetite. Previously used as a habitat for the zoo’s elephants, hence the name, the Old Elephant House and the adjacent courtyard also provide the perfect venue for a unique space to host events.

Things to Do


Sumatran tiger at Auckland Zoo

The animals of Auckland Zoo are categorized into three broad categories namely; mammals, birds, and ectotherms. The mammals of the zoo include star attractions such as the Sumatran tiger, African lions, and red-pandas. The birds are represented by the native brown Kiwi, the blue and gold macaws, and flamingos amongst many others. The ectotherms of Auckland Zoo include the redback and social huntsman spiders.

Safari Nights

Safari Nights take visitors on an after-dark tour of the Auckland Zoo and offer a glimpse into the lives of the nocturnal animals that call Auckland Zoo home. Safari Nights are conducted during the school holiday season and are a perfect way for children and adults alike to observe lots of these rare and endangered species.

Photography Workshops

Wildlife Photographer

Photography workshops are conducted regularly to inspire budding wildlife photographers. Workshops cater to all levels of photographers, from novices to intermediate to experienced photographers.

Birthday Parties

The Auckland Zoo offers packages to host birthday parties that provide the hosts with private access to the zoo for two hours and is sure to make the perfect venue for all children. The Auckland Zoo offers packages to host birthday parties that provide the hosts with private access to the zoo for two hours and is sure to make the perfect venue for all children.

Conservatory Programme

Red-panda at Auckland Zoo

The Auckland Zoo is also part of many international conservation programs and has recently even sent one of its red-pandas to Darjeeling Zoo as a part of an international breeding program for red-pandas.

How To Reach Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo entrance

Located just outside Auckland's central business district, Auckland Zoo is very easily accessible from central Auckland. The journey planner tool on the Auckland Zoo's website is a handy tool to help you figure out how to arrive at the zoo. The closest bus stop is 8124 on Great North Road, opposite Motions road, and is a short walk away from Auckland Zoo.

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