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“A great day at the Zoo!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo
Motions Rd | Western Springs, Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9-360 3800
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Ranked #11 of 186 things to do in Auckland
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Owner description: Auckland Zoo is home to the largest collection of native and exotic animals in New Zealand, set in 17 hectares of lush parkland and just minutes from central Auckland. Auckland Zoo is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9.30Am.
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“A great day at the Zoo!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2011

We had an awesome visit. It is a huge place and we enjoyed seeing all of the animals. The hippos, giraffes, cheetahs....were all very engaging and entertaining. Of course the meerkats and otters were very active. We also booked a ZOOM Lemur experience and Dave was our guide. He was great w/the kids who were on the tour and very knowledge about all of the animals and exhibits. It is evident he enjoys his work. We saw several zoo staff preparing 'enrichment' items for the animals. It was great to see the elephant being taken around on a walk and seeing the children's faces when she did tricks. We got to see and do a lot of things we would not have been able to do in the States. Keep up the good work!!

Visited September 2011
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“Great zoo, great animals, great NZ section”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

Its been many many years since I had been to the Auckland Zoo and I was very impressed with how it's evolved - like all such places, make sure you have lots of time and have good walking shoes on.

Also, take a picnic lunch or use one of the food outlets so you, and the kids, don't get upset for lack of sustenance!

I esp love the hippos and the abiltily to watch them up close was great.

Visited August 2011
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“Do not miss this Zoo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2011

Having watched Zoo on television this was a must see. I was not disappointed. Having visited many world famous zoos Auckland is definitely up there. Well laid out, friendly staff, great enclosures this is an attraction that must not be missed. Catch the 113 - 167 buses from Britomart under $4 to within 100 yards of the entrance, driver will let you know. Would re visit when next in Auckland.

Visited September 2011
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“One of the best zoos I have been to”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2011

I visited the Auckland Zoo with my partner in August. I was quite surprised to see two reviews below mine saying that the zoo was expensive or not worth the money. NZ$20 (approximately AU$16 at the time we visited) for an adult seemed like a bargain to me, given that it is almost AU$50 for an adult to visit Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

Besides from the entry ticket being much cheaper, Auckland Zoo seemed to be much better set up than Taronga. You are able to walk around most sides of the animal enclosures so you can really see the animals. At Taronga Zoo, you have very little room to stand and look into the enclosures. You usually have to wait your turn to get to the front of the enclosure and see in.

We made sure to visit every animal on the map and we stopped for lunch in the middle at the zoo cafe. The zoo cafe was great as it sold a wide variety of food and drinks for reasonable prices. It took us just over four hours to do the whole thing.

Auckland Zoo is currently constructing a new area which will really add to the zoo when it is opened.

Visited August 2011
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“Nicely laid out and easy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

Its only 10 minutes from the city centre and has very natural surrounds for the animals.
We even saw a kiwi and the exhibits are clean and it was a good experience.
2 hours was enough time to see it all

Visited September 2011
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