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“Stepping in another world” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Staglands Wildlife Reserve

Staglands Wildlife Reserve
2362 Akatarawa Road | Upper Hutt, Wellington 5372, New Zealand
04 526 7529
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Ranked #9 of 125 Attractions in Wellington
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Owner description: Staglands Wildlife Reserve & Cafe is less than an hour from Wellington and a 'must see' attraction for anyone either living in or visiting Wellington. Staglands offers a unique experience for people of all ages to feed and freely interact with a wide range of native and exotic birds and animals in an environment that has been created with nature’s materials. Open daily 9:30am-5pm. Adults $20, Children $8 (3 and under no charge)
Larnaca, Larnaca, Cyprus
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“Stepping in another world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

I was amazed when from 26 Deg C, in Wellington, we stepped into the forest of Staglands and there were 12 Deg Celsius! A multitude of beautiful birds in a magnific environment!

Visited October 2012
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Staglands, Manager at Staglands Wildlife Reserve, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to write your review. Staglands is often described as an 'other worldlly, magical place'. We are happy you agree and that you enjoyed your visit so thoroughly despite the drop in temperature - we can re-assure you too that the weather is often much better here than Wellington!
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“Love the secret garden!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

I was almost put off going to Staglands by a family member who said the road out there was very windy and the entry fee was expensive, however, I'm glad we went! My three year old daughter LOVED it - well worth a visit! It was fantastic getting close to all the animals (even the cheeky goat who took off with our food bag - and got it stuck on his nose!!!). Our daughter loved learning how to hand feed the goats and feeding the fish. She even got brave and decided to try to hand feed the ducks (and learnt ducks mistake fingers with food!). Her absolute favorite was the secret garden where she had one of the rabbits come over and sit next to her for a pat. It really made her day!

Stopped at the Cafe for lunch and glad we did. The food is reasonably priced and very tasty. We will visit again in the future.

Visited July 2013
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Staglands, Manager at Staglands Wildlife Reserve, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Many thanks for taking the time to write your lovely (and very informative) review. We are so pleased you didn't take the advise of your family member re: the windy road and entry fee and were duly rewarded! If driven sensibly the Akatarawa road is very manageable and extremely scenic. Our entry prices are lower than both Wellington Zoo and Zealandia and we hope that, given that visitors can easily spend the day here, represent good value for money. Staglands is unique in that offers visitors the exciting opportunity to hand feed wildlife in a natural environment, which they love, despite the odd cheeky goat!!! We are very happy to hear that your 3 year old has such a fantastic time meeting our friendly residents. We look forward to seeing you again soon:)
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“Lots of fun to be had”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Staglands is a great family day trip. Horse rides available. Our children love it. Take sunblock, and warm clothes. Nice cafe. You can take your own food & they have BBQs available to use.

Visited October 2012
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Staglands, Manager at Staglands Wildlife Reserve, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to write your review. We are pleased to hear your family have lots of fun at Staglands. Weather permitting our cart rides are very popular with both adults and children and available at weekends and during public / school holidays. We hope to see you again soon.
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“staglands animal reserve”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is an older reserve but has stood the test of time ,for years children have loved going and still do to this day,it has a cafe and toilets and the kids can run and enjoy

Visited August 2012
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Staglands, Manager at Staglands Wildlife Reserve, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write your review of Staglands Wildlife Reserve. Staglands was developed from scratch over 40 years ago by John Simister whose philosphy can be summarized in his own words below:

"It is my belief that an enormously rewarding and lifelong appreciation of wildlife can be kindled by a brief, intense encounter with an animal or a bird. Staglands is my attempt to provide that encounter in an environment that is as good as I can possibly make it. Native animals, birds and plants need our help. That willingness to provide help, I believe, is more likely if an interest has been kindled by an enjoyable, first-hand experience, as can be obtained here'' (John Simister).

It isgood to hear that in your view Staglands has stood the test of time and is still as enjoyable for children to visit today as it was when it first opened its doors in 1972.
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“Hands down the best place to go as a family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

My family loves Staglands, we have been coming out to visit since I was little and now I have kids I regulary bring them out too...Everything is hands on set in the beautiful wilderness of Akatawera, we love petting the animals, hand feeding them, walking through their enclosures and being so close with nature so close to the city. It is a beautiful place to spend the day, you can go swimming in the river, have a camp fire, and the kids can have a donkey cart ride, its a great day out for everyone, I like going out there to arrive on opening, as the sun rises over the valley. Cant recommend it highly enough to others to check out. There is a lot of passion and thought gone into creating the most beautiful saurroundings as what there is now, The only thing I don't like there is the goats - I hate goats...lol

Visited May 2013
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Staglands, Manager at Staglands Wildlife Reserve, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Thanks for your fab review! It's lovely to hear that you are bringing your own children here after coming as a child yourself. Shame you are not partial to our resident goats - have you met our new Arapawa goat twin kids yet. They are simply adorable and impossible to dislike! We hope to see you again soon
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