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Our Story

Butterfly Creek is a privately owned NZ business and is managed by the married team of John Dowsett and Fiona Turner (who says husband and wife can’t work successfully together!). The first stage of Butterfly Creek opened in late 2003 and development has continued at a great pace since then.

There is nothing like Butterfly Creek in NZ where visitors can experience a huge range of attractions from zoo exhibits to fun attractions including a train, playground and café.

Exciting News!

Our newest exhibit Kiwi Forest is now open to the public! Kiwi Forest includes Brown Kiwi, Asian Short-Clawed Otters, Wetapunga, Eels and much more. More info.

Our Brands

In 2012 John and Fiona also opened Rocket Ropes, a fantastic high ropes park.  Situated right next door to Butterfly Creek, it is a great day out whether you want to climb or head next door to Butterfly Creek to see the attractions or pop into our café for a bite to eat.

In 2013 they then opened the best paintball facility in Australasia – Lock N Load Adventures.  A short walk from Butterfly Creek, Lock N Load Adventures offers fun for kids and adults.

Butterfly Creek, Rocket Ropes and Lock N Load are all part of the Papillon Group.