Stop 15: Auckland Zoo

Visit this attraction on our Blue Tour

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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.

Auckland Zoo Features

Auckland Zoo has many different zones to explore, from the drylands of Africa and Australia to the rainforest’s of New Zealand and South East Asia. Wander through Auckland Zoo’s stunning grounds and set off on a magical journey observing animals, learning about their habitat and the conservation work that the team at Auckland Zoo tirelessly carries out.

The zoo’s Te Wao Nui area is a unique way to experience New Zealand’s native wildlife. It is split into six habitats showcasing animals and plants from our coastal, mountain, forest, wetland and island regions, as well as nocturnal creatures. A must-see zone for any visitor to Auckland Zoo!

Some of the animals you’ll see at Auckland Zoo include rhinos, zebras, tigers, red pandas, baboons, New Zealand and exotic birds, reptiles, fish and of course our beloved kiwi.

For an interactive experience, schedule your visit so you can watch the daily animal encounters where zookeepers share their knowledge of selected animals or book a behind the scenes experience and have the opportunity to step inside an enclosure! 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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Please note only a 24-hour combo is available for Auckland Zoo.

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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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