Auckland Zoo

Vacation Travel Guide
Auckland Zoo showing zoo animals and land animals

Encounter rare and endangered species from New Zealand and across the globe, including the pygmy marmoset and the huge white rhino.

Auckland’s 40-acre (16-hectare) zoo features nearly 140 species of animals, many of them rare and endangered. See white rhinos and Sumatran tigers. Discover the biodiversity of our planet as you wander through savannah, aviary and swamp habitats and see the 1,000 animals that call the zoo home.

It’s a good idea to structure your zoo visit around Animal Encounters. These scheduled sessions with zoo keepers give you the chance to learn more about the animals and their handling, ask questions, and even help with feeding the zoo inhabitants. There are anywhere between five and 10 sessions a day, with animals such as penguins, elephants and tigers. Pick up a timetable and zoo map from the main entrance.

Explore the vast savannah, where you can observe giraffes, ostriches and zebras via a series of viewing platforms. Lions roar and laze on their hilltop habitat while the baboons go about their social activities. Near the savannah you'll find the Asian elephants in the Sri Lanka area.

The work of researchers and veterinarians is on show in the viewing gallery attached to the medical center. Here, you’ll see treatments and operations in progress, as well as an array of scientific specimens.

There’s a focus on New Zealand creatures in the Te Wao Nui section. Learn about the ecosystems that make up the North and South islands and see animals that are increasingly difficult to spot in the wild. Don’t miss the Night Habitat, where New Zealand’s most secretive bird, the kiwi, can be spotted along with native bats and the giant weta.

The Auckland Zoo is an eight-minute drive from downtown and is open every day except Christmas Day. It stays open until late in the evening on Wednesdays throughout February and March.

There are two large on-site lots where you can pay to park. Buses run from downtown Auckland to the front door of the zoo.

Top Hotels Close to Auckland Zoo

Western Springs Villa
Western Springs Villa
3 out of 5
99 Western Springs Rd, Auckland, Auckland
The price is ¥8,590 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 15
Located in Kingsland, this guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of Museum of Transport and Technology, Eden Park, and Auckland Zoo. Mt. Eden and University of Auckland ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (17 reviews)
"Property was clean tidy quiet and very close to the venue (Walking Distance) we were attending. Quick and efficient check in Cheers folks"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2021

Western Springs Villa
Beautifully decorated, stylish and comfortable, central Auckland
Beautifully decorated, stylish and comfortable, central Auckland
Auckland, Auckland Region
Located in Westmere, this apartment building is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Auckland Zoo and within 3 mi (5 km) of Eden Park and Sky Tower. Viaduct Harbour and University ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Relaxing space for short term stay
"Chrissie's guest suite is super comfortable and nice and quiet, in a residential inner suburb of Auckland. There are a selection of cafés nearby and good transport connections to more lively areas, but this is more of a calming location than a vibrant one. The furnishings are of a high standard and ..."

Reviewed on May 2, 2021

Beautifully decorated, stylish and comfortable, central Auckland
The Surrey Hotel
The Surrey Hotel
4 out of 5
465 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland
The price is ¥11,387 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Located in Grey Lynn, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Museum of Transport and Technology, Eden Park, and Auckland Zoo. University of Auckland ...
3.7/5 Good! (814 reviews)
"Nice little spot to stay and nice and close to Eden Park."

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2021

The Surrey Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Auckland Zoo

Western Springs Villa
Western Springs Villa
3 out of 5
99 Western Springs Rd, Auckland, Auckland
The price is ¥8,590 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 15
Western Springs Villa
Beautifully decorated, stylish and comfortable, central Auckland
Beautifully decorated, stylish and comfortable, central Auckland
Auckland, Auckland Region
Beautifully decorated, stylish and comfortable, central Auckland
The Surrey Hotel
The Surrey Hotel
4 out of 5
465 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland
The price is ¥11,387 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
The Surrey Hotel
Kingsland Contemporary 2BR with Carpark
Kingsland Contemporary 2BR with Carpark
3.5 out of 5
540 New N Rd, Auckland, Auckland
Kingsland Contemporary 2BR with Carpark
The Convent Hotel
The Convent Hotel
3 out of 5
454 Great N Rd, Auckland, Auckland
The price is ¥9,983 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
The Convent Hotel
Sunny Grey Lynn Holiday Home
Sunny Grey Lynn Holiday Home
3.5 out of 5
635 Great North Road, Auckland, Auckland
Sunny Grey Lynn Holiday Home
Sunny & Cozy Home near Western Springs
Sunny & Cozy Home near Western Springs
Auckland, Auckland Region
Sunny & Cozy Home near Western Springs
ARent - Serviced Garden Cottage - 14a Dignan St
ARent - Serviced Garden Cottage - 14a Dignan St
3 out of 5
14a Dignan Street, \N, Auckland, Auckland
ARent - Serviced Garden Cottage - 14a Dignan St
ARent - Serviced House - 14 Dignan St
ARent - Serviced House - 14 Dignan St
3 out of 5
14 Dignan Street, \N, Auckland, Auckland
ARent - Serviced House - 14 Dignan St
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.