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Celebrate 20 years with Butterfly Creek

We are excited to be celebrating our 20 year birthday this November, and would love for you to join the fun. From our opening day in November 2003 we’ve grown a lot. We have added lots more fantastic exhibits, and been home to hundreds of different animals. We have had over 3 MILLION visitors through our doors enjoying Butterfly Creek, with many of our current visitors telling us they remember coming as a child and are now bringing their children to visit.

Be in to win every week

It’s our birthday, but we are sharing the birthday gifts with you. Each week for the next 3 weeks we have an awesome Butterfly Creek birthday gift to give away, and it couldn’t be easier to get in the draw. Simply buy any day pass on our website ( during the promotional week and you are automatically in the draw to win the prize for that week.
Promotional weeks run from Monday – Sunday and the winners will be drawn the following Monday, and contacted on the email address used when purchasing passes. Any prizes that are unclaimed 3 days after being contacted will be redrawn.

So come and celebrate with us and be in to win!


Week 1 (6 – 12 Nov)

Private Encounter of your choice

All day passes purchased on our website this week will be in with a chance to win a private encounter with either our Cotton-top Tamarin, Meerkats or Otters.

This experience is for 2 people, allows you to get up close with the animals, and includes entry to Butterfly Creek.


Week 2 (13 – 19 Nov)

Butterfly Creek Annual Passes

Buy a day pass online from our website this week and go in the draw to win an Adult Annual Pass plus a Child Annual Pass, so you can come back an enjoy Butterfly Creek as many times as you like over the year! Plus enjoy all benefits of an annual pass including discounts in our shop, and ‘bring a friend’ deals


Week 3 (20 – 26 Nov)

Family Pass + Train Rides

For our final week, we are giving away a family pass (2 adults + 2 children) + train rides so you can have another fun day at Butterfly Creek!

Simply purchase a day pass online between 20th – 26th Nov and you are in the draw.

20 years of Butterfly Creek


The main building starting to take shape at Butterfly Creek


The iconic Red Admiral Express arriving at Butterfly Creek


The train has been a hit with our visitors since day 1


The farm has always been popular, allowing guests to get up close to the animals and hand feed them


Buttermilk Farm was one of our first attractions and remains popular today


The early days and view from Butterfly Creek


The Blue Morpho butterflies are always an amazing sight in the butterfly house


Guests have loved the Butterfly House since it opened in 2014, including getting up close with the butterflies


Our Butterfly House opened in 2004, and has undergone growth and development over the years


In our early days, visitors could enjoy a ride on the Buttermilk Farm tractor


Building the croc enclosure and ponds for our new arrivals


Getting the crocs ready for their flight to New Zealand - precious cargo!


These giant crocs required careful handling during their relocaton


It was an impressive logistics project to rehome Scar and Goldie


Our giant Salt Water Crocs celebrate their 1st anniversary at Butterfly Creek
We're Proud To Have Led The Way For Wētāpunga Conservation With Our Rear-and-release Program


We're proud to have led the way for wētāpunga conservation with our rear-and-release program


Successful first release of wētāpunga back into the wild to help boost numbers of these endangered species


We welcomed cotton-top tamarin to Butterfly Creek


Welcoming our Macaw to the aviary


The iconic golf buggy in Dinosaur Kingdom


More than 50 dinosaurs on display in Dinosaur Kingdom


Dinosaur Kingdom opens, bringing huge dinos to life


Creating the kiwi habitat inside the nocturnal house


Building the nocturnal house, ready to welcome our kiwi


So proud to welcome kiwi into their new home at Butterfly Creek


Aerial view of Butterfly Creek


Our fantastical Mythic Creatures exhibit opens


Butterfly Creek expanded with the addition of our meerkat enclosure


Our farm dog Mila has been around for a number of years and she loves company, both from visitors and other animals in the farm

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