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“Worth a whole day”

Staglands Wildlife Reserve
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$16.38*
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Ranked #7 of 237 things to do in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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 $22, Children $11 (3 and under no charge)
Reviewed February 20, 2013

I have been visiting Staglands since the 90s and have witnessed its' growth. Even before I had children I loved to take all my out of town visitors to Staglands. When the kids arrived they started by watching everything from the safety of the backpack to hanging out with the friends as teens.

Staglands is a must on your next visit to the Wellington region. Very natural, very earthy, very enviro friendly. Take your time to stroll around the park. They have a rustic barn complete with bbq. Make that your base camp.

Favourites for the kids over the years have been the guinea pigs in the stall. The trolley on the railway track which leads to the hill which is a 'must climb' to the deer. They fondly remember riding 'Bob' the clydesdale. Playing in the confidence playground then swinging on the rope over the water. Choosing between the swingbridge or log to cross the river and finally the sitting in the wagon.

I recommend Staglands in rain, sun, flood, wind. It is always guaranteed fun.

In 20plus years I have never tired of visiting Staglands. The pace may have changed with the company from dawdling, running, strolling, etc but without a doubt there is something for everyone.

The review has asked what sort of attraction this is and when I visited. I think all of the selections are appropriate and I have been numerous times

Thank Heather B
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Staglands, Manager at Staglands Wildlife Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write your wonderful review of Staglands. It is lovely to hear you have enjoyed coming here for 20 plus years. We hope you continue to visit for many more years to come.

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Reviewed February 5, 2013

This is a lovely place to visit with small children where they can interact with a variety of animals and birds in a lovely setting. Best to try and go on a nice sunny day as you will be able to enjoy a picnic by the river, a rope swing and flying fox. There is a nice little cafe on site which serves a variety of snacks. Probably best as others have commented to drive in via Upper Hutt unless you are a very confident driver as the road from Waikanae is very narrow, but the scenery is lovely!

Thank harbar1
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Staglands, Manager at Staglands Wildlife Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded February 7, 2013

Thank you for your great review, we are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Staglands offer a great family day out. They have a good variety of birds and farmyard animals, set in a beautiful valley. See some of New Zealand's rarest wildlife and enjoy something to drink or eat at their little restaurant. We especially enjoy going there during winter when the fire is burning in the restaurant. They also have great facilities for parties and picnics, which we have used a few time.

Thank Alfred E
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Staglands, Manager at Staglands Wildlife Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2013

Many thanks for your lovely review. We are happy to hear your enjoy the log fire in our cafe in winter - it really is very cosy (the scenic deck in the summer is rather lovely too!!). We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed January 20, 2013

one of best place to spend a whole day with family. Amazing birds and Animals. Loved it.. so many different kind of Birds which i hadn't seen before, Great picnic place, Free BBQ facility..so much to do I guess..:)

Thank Desiretheworld
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Staglands, Manager at Staglands Wildlife Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2013

Many thanks for taking the time to write your lovely review, it is much appreciated. We hope you can visit again soon.

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Reviewed January 20, 2013

But - I would recommend coming in from the Hutt Valley rather than from Waikanae, unless of course you're an adrenalin junkie, the Upper Hutt side of the road was a tad more 'civilised.'
Staglands lived up to expectations, in fact it surpassed them. I visited on 18/1/13 with my husband and IHC sister-in-law. All three of us had a great time, the sheer variety of birds was wonderful, I got some amazing photos. To get so up close and personal with some of our native species was fantastic. The layout was easy to follow, the setting just breathtaking, such a beautiful spot.

Thank RandomDiva
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Staglands, Manager at Staglands Wildlife Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2013

Many thanks for your lovely review. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit. If you have taken some lovely photographs perhaps you might consider entering them into our photo competition, which is judged every 3 months. See our website for more details - you could win an annual family pass to Staglands if your photo is selected. Thanks again

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