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.
|Butterfly Encounter||Butterfly House||10:00am|
|Tarantula Encounter||Butterfly House||CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE|
|Otter Encounter||Otter Enclosure||11:30am|
|Tamarin Encounter||Tamarin Enclosure||12:00pm|
|Crocodile Encounter||Giant Crocs||1:00pm|
|Wētāpunga Encounter||Wētā Enclosure||CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE|
|Eel Encounter||Wetland Platform||2:00pm|
|Small Reptile Encounter||Butterfly House||CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE|
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
Hang out with Shyla and Raf and experience our magnificent Cotton Tops up close. Feed them some of their favourite treats and don’t forget your camera – Shyla loves climbing on peoples shoulders!
From $90.00 per person
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