Stop 15: Auckland Zoo

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Auckland Zoo is home to the largest collection of native and exotic animals in New Zealand, set in 17 hectares of lush parkland and just minutes from central Auckland.
During your visit you can explore the tropical rainforest and see 138 different species, including tigers, giraffes, elephants and monkeys. You can also see native New Zealand wildlife up close, like the famous kiwi bird and the tuatara.

Te Wao Nui – The Living Realm at Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo’s native precinct Te Wao Nui, offers six stunning habitats showcasing the native fauna and flora of Aotearoa New Zealand. Discover the iconic kiwi, cheeky kea, and more than 175 native animal and plant species all in one location. Occupying a fifth of the Zoo’s footprint, Te Wao Nui will take manuhiri (visitors) on an immersive journey through New Zealand’s natural world, intertwined with Maori art, myths and legends. 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.

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, we will always be there to help. We’re driven by our desire to make a positive difference and our enthusiasm to inspire others to care about wildlife and wild places as much as we do.

Auckland Zoo plays a vitally important role in breeding, research and recovery programmes for threatened wildlife. A portion of every ticket goes towards the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund to support both local and international field-based projects. Home to the New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine, the first national conservation centre in the world and our very own vet hospital, is also involved in many research programmes and field projects to help us understand and address diseases in wildlife.

Entry to Te Wao Nui includes General Admission to Auckland Zoo, daily keeper talks, and public programmes. Multiple food and beverage outlets including the café styled Weta Punga Café, the larger Te Puna Café (opening May 2020) to the fully licensed and sophisticated Old Elephant House, along with a well regarded retail shop, provides guests with an all-round visitor experience.

Visit the Auckland Zoo website for more information.

Visit Western Springs

From this top you can also explore Western Springs, a public park built around a natural spring lake. Its Māori name is Waiorea, meaning ‘water of eels’.

The springs were one of Auckland’s early water supplies, and today the lake and its surrounding wetlands are a refuge for wildlife including fish, eels and a wide variety of birds. There is a network of footpaths all around the park, making it easy to explore on foot. You can visit Western Springs from both our Zoo and MOTAT stops.

An historic tram line operates around Western Springs connecting the Zoo, MOTAT and MOTAT’s Aviation Hall, which has a large collection of old war planes.

Auckland Zoo website


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Stop Info
Bus Timetable
First bus 10.10am, last bus 4.10pm
99 Motions Road, Western Springs
Opening Hours
9.30 - 5.30pm daily (last entry at 4.15pm)
Full access, including wheelchairs
Toilets are available

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