Junior Keeper Programme

Do you have a child that loves animals and everything about them? Our Junior Keeper programme will leave them buzzing as they spend a day with our keepers and animals.

They will learn what it is like to be a zookeeper – cleaning, feeding, monitoring, caring and playing with the animals. This fun and educational program offers children the opportunity to see our animals up close and have an extraordinary experience.

Junior keeper runs during school holidays or by special appointment. The programme requires a minimum of three children per session to run (we will organise children into a suitable session).

For a limited time we are also running a Teen Keeper Programme for 13 – 16 year olds, great for teens who are thinking of becoming a Zoo Keeper. See below for Teen Keeper Programme dates.


  • $95 per child (payment required upfront to secure booking)
  • Junior Keeper Available for 7 – 12 year olds
  • Teen Keeper Available for 13 – 16 year olds
  • Drop off at 8.30am and pick up at 3.00pm
  • Includes – train ride, certificate, lanyard, photo with an animal
  • Minimum of 3 keepers per day, maximum 5
  • No adults allowed! (the kids love that)
  • Bring snacks, lunch, camera, water & gumboots/ sturdy shoes
  • Family members receive 20% discount off entrance tickets


January 2019 Junior Keeper Dates Spaces Price
Wednesday the 9th SOLD OUT $95pp
Thursday the 10th 1 $95pp
Wednesday the 16th 4 $95pp
Tuesday the 22nd 2 $95pp
Wednesday the 23rd 5 $95pp

January 2019 Teen Keeper Dates Spaces Price
Thursday the 17th 5 $95pp
Boy with Pig

If we get more enquiries we can open another day, please email us if you are interested in alternative dates.

To enquire, click Online Booking Form below or download a pdf booking form and email it to [email protected]
Or call 09 394 1572 if you have any questions and/or wish to enquire about availability.


“This review is on behalf of my two kids who did ‘keeper for a day’. 9.00am – 3.30pm, group of 5 kids got to be keeper for a day. Behind the scenes keeper experince the kids rated as amazing & awesome. Up close with the farm animals, Monkeys, Crocodiles & Tarantulas. Got to hand feed the farm animals, hand feed the Monkeys, Parrots etc….. Amazing experience for the kids. They wanna do it again!!!! Recommended. Thank you to the staff who made it a great day.”