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Join us for Holiday Fun

Join us at Butterfly Creek this school holidays for an unforgettable adventure! Discover our fascinating new animals and exhibits – opening just in time for School Holidays – including the magnificent Lace Monitors* – one of the largest lizards in the world. Kids will love the exciting new ‘Fred and Jo’s Adventure Playground’, where they can climb, jump, and balance their way through a fun and challenging course*.

Enjoy a variety of entertaining activities and events throughout the holidays, from our popular walking dinosaur to face painting on select days, and an array of exciting arts and crafts.

Butterfly Creek has something for everyone in the family! Marvel at our giant salt-water crocodiles, Scar and Goldie, make furry friends at Buttermilk Farm, laugh at the playful antics of monkeys, otters, and meerkats, and keep an eye out for Kiwis in our Kiwi Forest.


*Lace Monitors exhibit and Adventure Playground will be opening soon, from 6th July in time for the School Holidays.

Butterfly Creek Lace Monitors

Lace Monitors

Meet our newest additions – Inala and Banjo! These Lace Monitors are settling into their new purpose built environment, replicating the warm, tropical conditions of Australia where they originate from. Lace Monitors are one of the largest lizards in the world, reaching up to 2 metres in length, and have a very long tail which they use for balance, swimming, and as a whip for defence.

These lizards are named for the beautiful lace-like markings on their skin. Each individual has a unique pattern which provides camouflage in their sun-dappled habitat.Come and meet Inala and Banjo these school holidays!

Butterfly Creek Adventure Playground

Fred and Jo’s Adventure Playground

After meeting the Lace Monitors, head across the new railway bridge and explore Fred and Jo’s Adventure Playground. Kids will love all the new obstacles, bridges and commando nets where they can climb, jump, and balance their way through a fun and challenging course.

Wave out to the passengers on the train as they drive past, and then carry on through the playground to explore Buttermilk Farm. The Adventure Playground is an awesome new addition to the attractions at Butterfly Creek and we know it will be popular with the kids!

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

Butterfly Creek Walking Dino

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!

Arts and Crafts

Join us for some arts and activities – make a fantastic dino mask, learn to draw a gecko, or get creative with our reptile-themed colouring

Using amazing patterns and textures give your lace monitor its own unique lace-like finish!

Face Painting

Kids will have a blast getting their faces painted at our special sessions throughout the holidays.

Choose to become a brilliant butterfly, a roarsome dinosaur, or bring out your reptile side with a colourful lizard. Check the calendar for session times.

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. NOTE: Lace Monitors exhibit and Adventure Playground will be open soon, for July School Holidays

Butterfly Creek Park Map

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