Australasia`s Premier Butterfly House
The butterflies are imported as pupae from butterfly farms all around the world, but primarily from Asia and Central America. The Butterfly House is temperature controlled to approximately 28 degrees C and with a high humidity so as to replicate the conditions of the butterflies’ natural environment.
Inside the tropical butterfly house, as well as the butterflies, you’ll see various turtles, quails, finches, a blue tongue lizard and water dragons as well as a variety of fish in the ponds.
10.30am and 3pm
click on the Common Name to see an image of your favourite butterfly
Smaller Wood Nymph
Green Spotted Triangle
Golden bird wing
Please note that you may not see all of these species at any one time due to availability and seasonal changes.
Ideopsis gaura - Seasonal
Papilio polymnestor - Seasonal
Heliconius charitonius - Seasonal
Parides arcus - Seasonal
Heliconius melpomene - Seasonal
Papilio peranthus - Seasonal
Papilio dardanus - Seasonal
View our Reptile Gallery Here.
Long necked turtle
Red eared turtle
Eastern water dragon
Eastern blue tongue skink
Inland bearded dragon*
Tachemys scripta elegans
Tiliqua scincoides scincoides - Our Trev
* You’ll find Jepps in the area next to the alligators
Did you Know! Water dragons show territorial behavior by
waving their arm…a slow wave displays submission with a
fast arm wave displaying dominance.
Butterfly House Birds
Red headed parrot finch
Red cheeked Cordon bleu
Chinese painted quail
We often get asked about some of the tropical plants in the Butterfly House.
We look to incorporate flowering plants that offer pollen or nectar –
an important food source for the butterflies. Some typical examples being:
Scarlet Passion Flower
Create Your Own Butterfly Garden
Why not bring the butterflies back to your garden by creating a habitat they will love!
Butterflies are fabulous and very important in your garden as they carry the pollen from flower to flower, along with the bees. Pollination is how plants produce fruit or set seeds. Get the kids involved in designing your very own butterfly garden!
Find a sunny spot and start planting flowers that we know butterflies like to hang out around. Remember you need flowers that attract the butterfly as well as a host plant that they will lay their eggs on. Some plants you could use include: Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii), lavender, marigolds, snapdragons, Sweet William, sunflowers, verbena and swan plant.
Check out this great poster at the www.monarch.org.nz website, which tells you all the plants you need to successfully attract and keep butterflies in your garden: Monarch Poster
Did You Know?
The Monarch butterfly is not a native NZ butterfly, but it is probably our most well known. New Zealand Butterflys Endemic species (only found in New Zealand) are those that are unique to a particular area. New Zealand’s Lepidoptera order (Butterflies) displays the world’s highest rate of endemism (being unique to a particular geographic location). The majority (92%) of species are found nowhere else. Butterflies and moths are some of the most species-rich insect orders in New Zealand.
The total number of native species is not accurately known as many new species continue to be discovered, although it is likely to exceed 2,000. This rich biodiversity includes the large pūriri moth (Aenetus virescens - pictured), which lives in North Island forests and attains a wingspan up to 15 centimetres, and the pinhead-sized, leaf-mining moths of the family Nepticulidae, with wingspans of just 2 millimetres.