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Buy your Auckland Zoo tickets here and spend a day at an informative and entertaining animal world to get up close with a host of both exotic and native New Zealand creatures! One of the best and most widely-acclaimed wildlife attractions in the southern hemisphere, Auckland Zoo is home to over 875 individual animals from 138 different species all set in comfortable, park-like surrounds within easy reach from the city centre. With tickets to this award-winning zoo, you'll have face to face encounters with the likes of elephants, lions, zebras, giraffes and many other exotics as well as New Zealand's most famous animal icon - the Kiwi. Auckland Zoo also features a range of entertaining and educational daily shows and animal encounters that provide further insight into all aspects of the animal kingdom.

Set out in sections that are arranged by continent, you're able to explore the likes of Africa, Australia, Asia and more all amongst a logical and easy to navigate layout. Auckland Zoo is one of Auckland's true must-do attractions and is an essential experience in NZ's largest city that both adults and kids alike will love. Add all the animal fun on offer to the friendly and knowledgeable zookeepers who are happy to share information with you, and you've got a great value day out in Auckland, so grab your Auckland Zoo tickets online today!


  • Single entry to Auckland Zoo
  • Contribution to the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund
  • Daily shows and free animal encounters including Tigers, Tasmanian Devils, Kea, Elephant, Cheetah, Orangutan, Galapagos Tortoise, Capybara & Squirrel Monkey
  • See 138 different species and over 875 animals, Auckland Zoo has the largest collection of native and exotic animals in New Zealand
  • Explore 17 hectares of naturally inspiring and award-winning habitats
  • Catch one, or all, of our daily animal encounters, where zookeepers share their extensive knowledge of our amazing animals. Our free encounters take place at animals' exhibits
  • Complimentary zoo maps are available at arrival


  • Food and beverages
  • Guided tours


  • Opening hours are between 9.30am-5.30pm during the months of September to April
  • Opening hours are between 9.30am-5pm during the months of May to August
  • Auckland Zoo is closed on Christmas Day


  • We recommend you allow 2-3 hours to visit Auckland Zoo

Additional Information

  • WildZone Gift Shop is open every day and is packed full of fun souvenirs, gifts, apparel, books and toys
  • Wheelchairs and scooters are available (must be pre-booked)
  • We have a range of dining options in four locations around the zoo

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
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Nathan Buckley 2 years ago
It was a very very very good experience. I enjoyed it, my wife enjoyed it, my child really really enjoyed it. The cafe at the zoo sold really yummy food. In particular, my child really really loved the ice cream, the one with some form of lollies in it. Parking was also great, it had plenty of parking.
It was a very very very good experience
Nathan Buckley 2 years ago

It was a very very very good experience. I enjoyed it, my wife enjoyed it, my child really really enjoyed it. The cafe at the zoo sold really yummy food. In particular, my child really really loved the ice cream, the one with some form of lollies in it. Parking was also great, it had plenty of parking.

Definitely a must do for families when visiting Auckland
Jack Rowe 3 years ago

Definitely a must do for families when visiting Auckland. The Zoo was extremely ‘open’ for all of the enclosures, the Zoo itself was clean and tidy and it was one of the better Zoos that our family has visited. The booking process was seamless which made the day smooth overall. Great day out for the family!

We took the public bus down which was about 5 minutes walk away
Shuang Chan 3 years ago

We took the public bus down which was about 5 minutes walk away. We did not print out the tickets but this was easily sorted with a trip to the information centre. The bird enclosures were the highlight and they were very well taken care of. We had difficulty seeing the kiwi bird as the lighting was too dim. The map was a little confusing as there was a huge area under renovations and we had to skirt around it. The kid zone was very sparse with 2 slides and a plain indoor playing area. Lunch options were also limited as we were vegetarians and the cafes didn’t have much. Overall, it was an okay trip but things would be better once the renovations are over.

We definitely couldn't leave Auckland without visiting the zoo
Eileen Leilua 5 years ago

We definitely couldn't leave Auckland without visiting the zoo! We had a blast, first when we walked in we caught the otters, cute creatures, feasting on fish-heads, red pandas was another thrill lol - all in all we followed the map to the tee, which was fun for my 12 year old, and we stopped to have lunch, before we did the Pridelands, and last of all the kiwi. Lovely cool breeze throughout our day, lots of facilities around, great places for picnics, and even just for a quick stop for an ice-cream. We ended up spending 4 hours, which knackered me out by the end of the afternoon, very helpful staff, and I loved the volunteer staff, they always around for that bit of help when we were walking around in circles haha...Another good thing about the zoo visits the parking is for free!

This zoo is one of the best I have ever been to
Michelle 5 years ago

This zoo is one of the best I have ever been to. I love that there are so many different animals there but more so the fact that I could see a lot of the NZ native animals. Loved the bird aviary - so beautiful! I also loved seeing the mere-cats through the little bubble tunnels. So cool!

Don't miss the free animal encounters that take place at animals' exhibits daily and ensure you allow a minimum of two or three hours for your Zoo visit. Remember to also pre-purchase your tickets to streamline your entry and skip the queue!

Auckland Zoo General Admission

by Michelle Woodroff

Auckland Museum is one of the must-see and must-do experiences in the beautiful city of Auckland, especially if you're travelling with kids. Often renowned for being one of the best zoos in the country, Auckland Zoo provides visitors with an ideal, wildlife filled day out.

On a recent visit to Auckland, I visited the zoo and explored it with my nephew. It was an exciting day out that both he and I enjoyed thoroughly. Read all about my experience at Auckland Zoo below to prepare yourself for your upcoming trip.


The diversity of animals at the zoo is one of the biggest highlights of any visit. Home to over 187 animals Auckland Zoo has the largest collection of animals in the country.

The zoo is home to NZ natives such as NZ Fur Seals, Kiwis and Tuataras, as well as a range of exotic and international animals including giraffes, cheetahs, lions, rhinos and tigers.

With free shows held throughout the day showcasing the animals and educating visitors on their feeding habits and daily lives, this is a great way to learn all about the animals for no extra charge.

If you're looking for even more of an experience, you can purchase an up-close animal encounter with a number of the zoo's most popular animals.

Another plus for visiting Auckland Zoo is that it is a strong supporter of conservation projects in the wild in both New Zealand and around the world.

What you will do

Get your bearings

Upon entering the zoo it's important to grab a map to help navigate your way around the zoo. With a number of different shelters, enclosures and exhibits to visit, you can plan out your day before your legs get sore from all of the exploring.

The zoo is spread over 17 hectares of land and is best explored in a whole day, so be sure you come prepared. There are numerous eateries located inside the zoo including Darwin's Cafe, The Watering Hole, Weta Cafe, and The Lookout, however, you are also permitted to bring your own food in and enjoy it at the various picnic spots around the park.

The African Exhibit

The zoo's diverse range of animals makes it a joy to explore. Our journey began at the African animal display. Here we were able to take some snaps of giraffes, zebras, rhinos, ostriches, meerkats and elephants to name a few.

This exhibit was a hit with kids visiting the park as it gave visitors to Auckland a chance to get up close to international animals.

Discover Aotearoa's Natural Treasures

One of the most popular attractions in the park, Discover Aotearoa's Natural Treasures is home to some of the country's most beloved animals. Here you will have the chance to see and learn about Kiwis, New Zealand Fur Seals, Moreporks and Tuataras.

If you have an interest in native New Zealand animals or would love to learn about the animals that naturally inhabit the country, this is the go-to exhibit for you.

Animal Encounters

There are a number of feeding sessions and demonstrations throughout the day, all completely free of charge. Held at the individual animal exhibits, you can watch a range of animals including tiger, alligator, elephant, penguin, spider monkeys, and giraffes be fed and shown off to the large crowds. Be sure you arrive early if you're looking to grab the best seats for the different encounters.

For specific times, it's best to check the website before you arrive or lookout for encounter information once you've arrived.


As I mentioned above, there are a number of eateries located in the park. Come lunch time, if you haven't brought your own, you'll be spoilt for choice in terms of where to eat and what to eat.

Darwin's Cae, located near KidZone, serves up a range of hot and cold food perfect for kids and adults looking for a bite to eat. The Watering Hole is a great stop for coffee, ice-cream and lunch and lets you watch over the flamingos, lions and elephants while you dine and entertain the kids with a play area.

Other options for dining include The Lookout in the Te Wao Nui section serving up a range of different refreshments including tea, coffee and ice-cream. Lastly, Weta Cafe, located next to WildZone Gift Shop, is another hot spot for cafe-style food at lunch.

If you prefer to bring your own food to save a little extra money, you're more than welcome to. The park welcomes visitors to bring in food for lunch and supplies a number of picnic areas around the park which are perfect for sitting, relaxing and recouping.


This is one of the most popular areas for visitors with kids, and it was definitely true on my latest visit.

KidZone features a number of play equipment for the kids to enjoy between animal viewings. All animal-themed, the outdoor playground is always a hit with the young ones, and once you've arrived to see the kids running around and playing, it won't be long until your kids run to join in.

The KidZone is also a popular place to visit for the zoo's resident kunekune pigs, Alma and Neena. The kids are able to get up close and say hi to the pigs as they walk around the park with the keepers on a daily basis.

What's Included?

  • Admission to the zoo
  • All animal enclosures
  • Free presentations and shows

What to bring?

If you're not looking to purchase food and drink at the zoo, you're welcome to bring your own. Be sure to bring enough water for the day, however, there are drinking fountains located around the park.

Don't forget comfortable shoes! The park is spread out over 17 hectares of land, so get ready for a day of walking.

Your camera is one thing you won't want to forget as the photo opportunities at the park are incredible. It's also a good idea to bring an umbrella or rain jacket if you're visiting during the more sporadic-weather months.

How To Get There

By Car: Auckland Zoo is on Motions Road, just west of downtown Auckland and next to the Western Springs Reserve & Museum of Transport and Technology. The zoo is well signposted both east and westbound on the North-Western Motorway. There is FREE on-site parking.

By Bus: The closest stop is 8124 on Great North Road opposite Motions Road. It's then a short walk along Motions Road to the Zoo.

Our Recommendations

Auckland Zoo is one of the best animal attractions in the entire country and is great for visitors of all ages. Both young and small can enjoy the various animal exhibits, shows, feeding sessions and displays, making for one of the most comprehensive animal experiences around.

Be sure to buy your general admission tickets to the zoo online to avoid the large queues and to secure the best possible deal.

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