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Animal Encounters

Get up close with some our cutest animals and critters with our 9 free daily animal encounters. Come along to our Butterfly release at 10am where you will see our newly hatched butterflies in their new habitat. Or come along to our Croc encounter at 1:00pm to see either Scar or Goldie being fed by one of our keepers.

We also offer paid private animal encounters for a more intimate, up close experience with either our Otters, Cotton Top Tamarins or our Parrots. These are perfect for all you animal lovers out there and make great gifts for a friend or family member.


Free Daily Animal Encounters

Grab a map from our shop on arrival and plan your visit around the park. We have 9 free daily animal encounters spread throughout the day for you to see and experience our animals up close. Start the day with our Butterfly Encounter at 10:00am where you will see our newly hatched butterflies released into their home. Make sure you come along to our popular crocodile encounter at 1pm each day where you can see the keepers feed one of our 2 huge salt-water Crocs – Scar & Goldie. We have loads of other encounters where you can either get up close with one of our creatures including our reptiles, tarantulas and wētāpunga or see our keepers feeding them from outside their enclosure.

To find out more about each of our animals and their encounters, check out our animals & exhibits page. Under traffic light level red, close contact encounters including the tarantula, wētāpunga and reptile encounter will not be taking place.


Butterfly EncounterButterfly House10:00am
Tarantula EncounterButterfly House11:00am
Otter EncounterOtter Enclosure11:30am
Tamarin EncounterTamarin Enclosure12:00pm
Crocodile EncounterGiant Crocs1:00pm
Wētāpunga EncounterWētā Enclosure1:30pm
Eel EncounterWetland Platform2:00pm
Parrot EncounterAviary2:30pm
Small Reptile EncounterButterfly House3:00pm

Private Animal Encounters

Love animals and want to get up close and personal with them? Go behind the scenes and hang out with either our Otters, Cotton Top Tamarins or Parrots in a unique and intimate experience. You will be guided around their enclosure alongside one of our keepers and hand feed the animals. Our Private Animal Encounters start from $80.00 to $90.00 per person, this includes your entry to Butterfly Creek – check them out below!

Come behind the scenes and meet our cheeky family of Asian small-clawed otters – Mum Asia and her 4 babies Mai, Charvi, Yash and Kiri. Hand feed these cuties and if you’re lucky, they may even show off their tricks!

From $90.00 per person


Monkeys are highly susceptible to catching covid-19 & we have decided to temporarily stop this encounter help protect our tamarins against the virus. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Come behind the scenes and meet our 3 species of parrots including the African Grey Parrot, Eclectus Parrots and Macaw. You will get the chance to hand feed them and see some of their tricks.

From $80.00 per person


“There is such an incredible variety on show. It is incredibly interactive which I think is what makes it a hit for the little ones. We especially love the feeding time for the crocs!” – Sonya

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