Okay, this place is called Butterfly Creek but really, the best part is the area called Dinosaur Kingdom. A hell of a lot of work has gone into this attraction. A large number of life-size and life-like dinosaurs, a lot of which move and roar. I thought this was really cool!
The butterfly house was very good. Better than Kuranda in Queensland I thought - not as many butterflies but that was actually a good thing and it is completely flat and very child and wheelchair friendly. At 11am the butterflies were very active but at 2pm they were a bit more docile, which is great if you want them landing on you.
A couple of inactive crocs, and I'm not a fan of tamarins and other such creatures in cages, but that was the only down side of the place. The farm area was cool - lots of goats wandering around and easy to pat all the animals that wanted patting. The train ride through the dinosaurs was pretty good too, as was the impressive range of tarantulas and the aquarium.
We had no issues bringing in our own lunch and eating it there.
We went with our 2 year old so no charge for him. So for $30 each we got entry to the full park plus a train ride. Not cheap - but then the running costs of the place are certainly not low. Compared to other animal attractions in NZ and Australia, not bad value at all. My wife and I loved it and so did our (almost 3 year old) son. Afterwards, you can go a few minutes down the road and park at one of the plane-spotting areas as it is right opposite Auckland Airport.
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