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Educational School Visits (save 28-34%)

A Living Classroom

Butterfly Creek is a wonderful place to bring school students of all ages. Every year our living classroom offers thousands of students the chance to explore and connect with nature and learn all about the animal world. It’s easy to walk around and a perfect day out sunshine or rain as our exhibits are ¾’s under cover. You can book an optional keeper talk and we have free education resources for before and after your visit as well as a great new Teachers Resource Hub for any other time.  You can also arrange a pre-visit if your school has not been before.

Two great options. You can simply visit just Butterfly Creek, or you can combine a Butterfly Creek experience with a fun climbing visit to Rocket Ropes on the same day.

Virtual Keeper Talks: A great option if your school can not visit at the moment we have a new Virtual Keeper Talk for $75 available via Zoom until the end of August, please email us to enquire.

*Conditions: Includes primary, intermediate, composite, special assistance, secondary, language and tertiary schools. Minimum of 10 paying children | Visit Monday – Friday (Excludes public and school holidays)

Before your visit, please read: RAMs | Planning Information | School Flyer | Covid Information

Visit Butterfly Creek Only – save up to 34%

Bookings must be made online & require a minimum of 10 children & a 25% deposit to secure your visit. Deposits are refundable up to 2 weeks before your booking date. Once booked our Butterfly Creek Coordinator will contact you with information about your visit. On the day of your visit they will meet you on arrival and get you set up for the day.


  • Pre-visits are valid Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm for up to two staff members for one visit.
  • Extra adults or children joining the pre-visit will pay normal admission prices.
  • To arrange a pre-visit, fill in the Pre-visit request form (min 1 weeks’ notice.)

If you have any questions, please contact our booking coordinator on 09 394 1572, or [email protected].

Age/Group Price Ratio of free adults to children
School age 5-17 $11.50pp (save 28%) 1 adult per 8 paying children
Tertiary Student or Adult Supervisor (18+) $18.50pp (save 34%) Not applicable
Optional Train Ride (1 loop around the track) $1.50pp (save 50%) Not applicable
Optional Student Meal Packs $12pp (save 15%) Not applicable
Optional Keeper Talk (School groups only) $15 Not applicable
Make a Booking
  1. Click ‘Availability’ then go to the date to check if available.


  1. Click blue ‘Book Now’ button
    • Choose preferred weekday, enter numbers and any optional extra’s.
    • Click Continue and to go to the deposit payment page.

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Butterfly Creek & Rocket Ropes Combo
(Save up to 44%)

Our popular combo deal is a great option if you want your group to visit Butterfly Creek and climb at Rocket Ropes on the same day (must be same children doing both). Rocket Ropes is a fantastic high ropes course situated next door to Butterfly Creek. Book the Croc Tower a 3-level intermediate high ropes course which has a level to suit all abilities. It’s a great way to test confidence and leadership as they work their way around the course.

Make an enquiry today. If you have any questions, please call us on 09 394 1572 or email [email protected].

Age Overview Price Carer
Children aged 3-6 Rocketeer climb + Butterfly Creek $18pp (save 44%) 1 adult per 4 paying 3-4 year olds & 1 adult per 8 paying 5-6 year olds
Children aged 6-17 Croc Tower climb + Butterfly Creek $28.00pp (save 39%) 1 adult per 8 paying 6-17 year olds

Virtual Keeper Talks

Hook the kids into learning about living things with a personalised virtual Keeper Talk direct to the classroom with our new Virtual Keeper Talks!

  • $75 for a 30 minute Zoom conversation with a qualified Zoo Keeper, with a focus on the living thing of your choice.
  • Plus if you book an actual on site visit before the end of the year you will receive a $75 credit to that booking.
  • Virtual Keeper available June to the end of August 2020.


“When I went there as a primary school teacher with my class and a bunch of year 0-3 students and colleagues, we were all highly impressed by our experience. We loved the room where we sat together and ate lunch. The guides were knowledgeable and catered to all of our needs well. The crocodiles and Dory were both big hits with my class and the Tarantula that they brought out was very well managed. My kids loved running around the Dinosaur area and stood for ages staring at the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
” – Caroline

“Thank you for an enjoyable visit to Butterfly Creek. Our junior school had a fantastic time. It’s not an experience many of the children would have had if it had not been for our trip.” – Crawshaw School

“We had a wonderful day. Thank you for providing an outstanding venue. Out children LOVED every aspect. We’ll be back!!” – Wairau Valley Special School

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