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Join us for Holiday Fun

Come along to Butterfly Creek these school holidays and join us for an exciting line-up of dinosaur-themed fun. Travel back to a time when dinosaurs ruled the Earth – explore prehistoric Dinosaur Kingdom and meet our huge, life-size animatronic dinosaurs including a Triceratops mother protecting her young from a T-Rex, the vicious Velociraptor and the massive 24m Diplodocus towering overhead.

You can also delight the kids with our face-painting sessions, meet our amazing dinosaur entertainers roaming the park, and have fun with our dinosaur arts and activities on selected days.

Plus, there is so much else to see at Butterfly Creek. Get up close with fabulous animals and enter mythical lands where unicorns and dragons come alive. Experience our tropical butterfly house, connect with cute animals in Buttermilk Farm, and see the cheeky monkeys, otters, and meerkats at play. And you can spot Kiwi in our unique Kiwi Forest, and enjoy free play on our playground.

Don’t miss out on the fun – book your tickets now and let the adventure begin! You can check our opening hours here to plan your visit

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

Summer Photo Comp

Be in to Win

Win awesome prizes with our Summer Photo Competition. Enter your favourite photo from your summer trip to Butterfly Creek, load it to Facebook or instagram and use the hashtag #butterflycreeksnaps. We have 5 double passes to Butterfly Creek to give away to 5 lucky winners.

Show us your family, friends or yourself having fun at Butterfly Creek, or pics of you checking out your favourite animal in the park. Get creative!

Terms and conditions apply (view the full T&C’s here). By entering a photo in this competition it is deemed that you have accepted all terms and conditions.

Walking Dinosaur 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 for an adventure around the park. They are a friendly bunch and love having their photo taken, so look out for them!


Dino Masks, Arts & Face Painting

While in Dinosaur Kingdom, be sure to check out the arts and activities – make your very own dinosaur mask, or pick up a Dinosaur Kingdom activity booklet with some fun colouring, word puzzles and activities.

Plus 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.

Croc Encounter at Butterfly Creek

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.

Summer Photo Competition Terms and Conditions

  1. Entering a photo into the Summer Photo Competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  2. Competitions opens on Monday 18 Dec 2023, and closes on Monday  29 January 2024. Winners will be contacted by Friday 2 Feb 2024.
  3. Photos must be no older than 6 months, any photos older than this will be ineligible.
  4. Winning entries will be selected after the competition close date, and will be selected by Butterfly Creek staff.
  5. By submitting images into this competition you agree and accept that images may be used for future purposes of promoting Butterfly Creek.
  6. By entering the photo competition, you confirm that every person depicted in your submitted photo has granted consent for the use of their image. In the case of individuals under 18 years old, you further confirm that you have obtained the necessary consent from their parent or guardian.

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.

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