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Join us for Holiday Fun

Join us at Butterfly Creek this school holiday for a line-up of captivating butterfly-themed activities! Step into our tropical Butterfly House and marvel at the graceful butterflies as they flit around – you might even have one land on you! Unleash your creativity with butterfly-themed arts & crafts, and don’t miss out on our enchanting face-painting sessions on selected days.
While you’re here, be on the lookout for our Dino Keepers as they take our dinosaurs for a stroll around the park on selected days during the holidays.

But that’s not all – there’s a world of wonder awaiting you at Butterfly Creek! Encounter fascinating animals up close, wander into mythical realms of unicorns and dragons, and be wowed by our giant salt-water crocs, Scar and Goldie. Make furry friends at Buttermilk Farm, giggle at the antics of monkeys, otters, and meerkats, and keep an eye out for Kiwi in our Kiwi Forest.

Book your tickets online now and treat the kids to an unforgettable holiday adventure!

What’s on

We have some fun activities happening during the school holidays we know the kids will love! Our holiday entertainment runs throughout the holidays – Click here to see the holiday entertainment calendar. Please note, school holiday calendar is subject to change

kids with dino puppets at Butterfly Creek

Dinosaur Entertainers

Look out for our life-sized walking dinosaur, who will be wandering the park with his keeper on selected days. Plus we will have our dinosaur keepers taking their baby dinos out – they love having their photo taken, so look out for them!

And the kids will love to get their faces painted during one of our awesome face painting sessions – check our entertainment calendar for days and times.


Arts & Crafts

Join us for some arts and activities – make your very own brilliant butterfly that you can add to our kaleidoscope (group of butterflies) or create some awesome artwork with our brilliant butterflies colouring sheet.

Check out our Butterfly Life Cycle activity, where you can enjoy colouring, cutting and sorting the life cycle stages into order.

Butterfly Creek Keeper and Meerkat

Daily Animal Encounters

Want to get up close to our animals? Then you won’t want to miss our free daily encounters! We have 9 encounters throughout the day for you to learn more about our animals. Be sure to attend New Zealand’s only saltwater crocodiles being fed at 1pm – it’s a spectacular show not to be missed!
For more information on our encounters and to view our daily encounter timetable, click the button below.

Book Now

Choose from our Individual Day Passes or our great value Family Pass for 2 Adults and 2 Children. Passes include access to all attractions (train rides additional). You have 6 months to use your ticket from the date selected so if you can’t make it on the chosen day, you can use it another time.

If you are a school holiday programme provider, please book your group visit with us here.

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Map and Timetable

We have an amazing array of animal exhibits and encounters, so be sure to come along and see our animals in action, and learn more about them. Check out our daily animal encounters timetable and map below.

Butterfly Creek Map

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