Auckland Zoo

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With naturally inspiring and award-winning habitats, Auckland Zoo is Aotearoa’s largest home of native and exotic wildlife and just minutes from central Auckland.

It’s not just any zoo! There are special concern and affection! It’s a not-for-profit and wildlife conservation organisation dedicated to building a future for wildlife.
Since opening on 17 December 1922, Auckland Zoo has evolved to become an active conservation organisation and has welcomed over 28 million visitors. They have a focus on four key strategies to achieve their goal:

  1. Care – They have the very latest technology, medicine and research to ensure that the wildlife has the best lives possible.
  2. Connect – they work together, with colleagues and communities, to foster discovery of the natural world, inspire action for wildlife and create hope for its future. Lead by example, with optimism, with expertise and with passion.
  3. Wild Work – Use their skills, Zoo skills, wherever they are needed to help wildlife in wild places.
  4. Sustain – through careful management of site and assets, aim to minimise the impact on the environment.

Auckland Zoo is a winner of national and international awards and is at the leading-edge of wildlife research, conservation work and innovative zoo design.

Everything in Auckland Zoo directly contributes towards their conservation efforts – how they care about the wildlife at the Zoo, their Wild Work and Conservation Fund, environmental impact, and how to connect people with wildlife conservation science, at the Zoo.

Conservation and Wild Work

Auckland Zoo and its partners are conservation optimists – all working hard to build a brighter future for wildlife and wild places. Even when a species population is at critical, they will always be there to help. They’re driven by a desire to make a positive difference and enthusiasm to inspire others to care about wildlife and wild places as much as they do.

Auckland Zoo plays a vitally important role in breeding, research and recovery programmes for threatened wildlife. In fact, a portion of every ticket goes towards the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund to support both local and international field-based projects. The vet hospital is also involved in many research programmes and field projects to help to understand and address diseases in wildlife.

Discover the iconic kiwi, cheeky kea, and more than 50 of Aotearoa’s amazing natural treasures in Te Wao Nui. Home to over 75 native animals and over 100 plant species, Te Wao Nui will take your manuhiri (visitors)  on an immersive journey through New Zealand’s natural world. Te Wao Nui was blessed by local Iwi, Ngati Whatua o Orakei in 2012, and has become a must-see destination for all visitors to Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland.

Products and Tours

General admission
Recommend you allow a minimum of two to three hours’ visit time for un-guided general admission Zoo visits. Advance bookings will streamline your guests’ entry. Book at least one working day prior to arrival. Indicative numbers are fine – we will invoice you based on numbers on the day. (There is no charge for no-shows and cancellations).

Māori Cultural Performance
Auckland Zoo is now offering Māori Cultural Performances. For more information visit here.

Keeper talks and events (dependant on Covid-19 Alert Levels)
Catch one, or all of our free daily keeper talks, where zookeepers share their extensive knowledge of our amazing animals and their habitats. A great way to learn more about what makes these animals so special and how you could help protect them in the wild.
Auckland Zoo hosts a range of exciting events and activities throughout the year. There’s never a dull moment — find out what’s on at the Zoo.

Experiences (dependant on Covid-19 Alert Levels)

Go behind-the-scenes, take a walk through the Zoo at night, become a Junior Keeper and more unforgettable experiences. All experiences are currently on hold until further notice and no bookings are currently being taken. Find out in experiences.

Opening hours

  • Summer: 1 September to 30 April,  9:30am – 5:30pm (excluding Christmas Day) with last admissions at 4.15pm
  • Winter: 1 May to 31 August,  9:30am – 5pm with last admissions  at 4:15pm
  • Physical address: Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Road,  Western Springs, Auckland
  • How to get here:
    By car: From the city take the take the North Western Motorway and exit at St Lukes Rd.
    By bus: Via Explorer Bus and Soaring Kiwi.

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