This is a catalogue of the places in New Zealand which display captive wildlife. The main zoos in New Zealand are generally either council-operated or managed by charitable trusts. The smaller wildlife parks, bird collections, etc (i.e. most of the animal collections) are usually private hobby-collections which have been opened to the public, and they usually have relatively non-exotic species. Aquariums are mostly privately-owned. There are lots of hobby farms or commercial farms (including deer farms, emu farms, alpaca farms, even a prawn farm) which are open for visitors and I have included those I know of. Many botanic gardens (run by city or town councils) have an aviary or aviaries and I have included the ones I am aware of, even though most keep only common aviary birds. I have also included museums which have displays of live animals (usually native fish or invertebrates) because they are institutions of education. I have arranged the collections in two different ways. In the first post I have listed them all roughly in order from north to south, so that it is easy to see where collections are located geographically (e.g. for anyone travelling through a region). In the second post I have divided the collections into categories so that it is easy to find places of specific interest (e.g. native wildlife or petting zoos). The categories I have split them into in the second post are as follows: 1) Zoos (general animal collections, especially those with a focus on exotic wild animals) 2) New Zealand Wildlife (collections with a predominant or sole focus on native animals, and including rescue centres which are open to visitors) 3) Bird Collections and Aviaries (these are almost all Botanic Gardens which have an aviary or aviaries. Any bird collections which focus solely on native New Zealand species are listed under the previous category) 4) Aquariums 5) Butterfly Houses 6) Museums with live animals 7) Farm Parks and Petting Zoos (collections which are mainly or solely domestic animals. I have included working farms which are open as interactive attractions - alpaca farms, especially, are often open for visitors - but I have excluded those which are only a part of holiday parks or B&Bs [i.e. for guests but not general visitors] or which are just open access farms [i.e. part of public walking routes]) In the original versions of this list I excluded animal collections which housed only domestics (i.e. the farm parks and petting zoos) but I have decided to include these now as I felt that the list might be of more general use that way. There are loads of these small private parks in New Zealand, so they will keep getting added as I come across them. Websites are given for those collections which have them. ZAA full and associate member institutions are noted. (ZAA was formerly known as ARAZPA). At the bottom of the list in this first post I have included some closed collections. These are generally either the larger collections, or aquariums, or ones which may otherwise come up in searches of New Zealand zoos. ........................................................................ NORTH ISLAND Millennium Nocturnal Park (Kaitaia) [formerly Kaitaia Nocturnal Park; this was a kiwi house but it may have closed - I can't find any recent information] Gumdigger's Park (Kaitaia) [I think the only captive wildlife here is a display for Northland Green Geckoes] Ancient Buried Kauri forest and Gum-Digging site North of Kaitaia NZ The Parrot Place (Kerikeri) Visiting Our Bird Park - The Parrot Place (Kiwi North) Heritage Museum and Kiwi House (Whangarei) [ZAA member] Whangarei Museum and Heritage Park - Kiwi North - Welcome to Kiwi North Kamo Wildlife Sanctuary (Whangarei) [formerly known as Zion Wildlife Park, Zion Wildlife Gardens, and Kingdom of Zion] [currently closed to the public] Serendipity Farm Park (Whangarei) [farm park/petting zoo] Bluewater Farm Park (near Whangarei) [also known as "Whangarei's Zoo"] [farm park/petting zoo] Kandiah Alpacas (Waipu) [farm park] Suri Alpaca Stud Ti Point Reptile Park (Ti Point) [formerly known as Ti Point Wildlife Park] [ZAA member] Reptile park home page Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre (Leigh) [has a touch tank and some small aquariums] Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre Seafriends (Leigh) [I'm not sure if this is still operating] Seafriends home page Keystone Wildlife Reserve (Warkworth) [also known as Gibbs Wildlife Conservancy] [not open to public] [ZAA member] Sheep World (Warkworth) [farm park] Sheep World | Home Matakana Country Park (Matakana) [farm park] Matakana Country Park Silverhill Alpacas (North Auckland) [farm park] Alpaca Farm North Auckland Northland Auckland Zoo (Auckland) [ZAA member] Auckland Zoo© -The Official Website of AKL Zoo Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World (Auckland) [ZAA member] Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium, Auckland | Cheapest Tickets | Official Site Butterfly Creek (Auckland) [ZAA member] Butterfly Creek - Animal Encounters | Book Your Visit Today! Whitford Bird Park (Auckland) [also known as Whitford Bird Garden] Whitford Bird Garden - Introduction Kiwi Valley (Henderson, Auckland) [farm park] Kiwi Valley Farm | Auckland rural family fun park Mt Albert Grammar School Farm (ASB MAGS Farm) (Mt Albert, Auckland) [farm park] About the farm - Mount Albert Grammar School Ambury Regional Park (Auckland) [There are many other council-operated farms in Auckland, which can be found on the council website page for regional parks: Regional parks] Clevedon Animal Farm (Clevedon, Auckland) [farm park/petting zoo] Clevedon Animal Farm, Auckland - New Zealand Cuesta Alpacas (Clevedon) [farm park] Home - Cuesta, for Jet Black Alpacas Glenbrook Farm Park (Glenbrook) [farm park/petting zoo] Orua Bay Bird Park (Waiuku) About Orua Bay Bird Park Close Encounters Farm Experience (Te Kohanga) [farm park] Close Encounters Farm Experience - Guided tourist attraction with up close contact and feeding of animals, birds and exotic animals Whiti Farm Park (Whitianga) [farm park/petting zoo] http://www.whitifarmpark.co.nz/ Mill Creek Bird and Animal Encounters (Whitianga) [aviaries and petting zoo] Mill Creek Bird and Animal Encounters, Whitianga, New Zealand - / Tropical Butterfly Garden (Thames) [also known as Butterfly and Orchid Garden] Hamilton Zoo (Hamilton) [ZAA member] Home - Hamilton Zoo Parana Park (Hamilton) [aviary] Cornerstone Alpaca Stud (Gordonton) [farm park] Cornerstone Alpaca Stud Home Ataahua Alpacas (Hamilton) [farm park] Ataahua Alpacas & Farmstay Waikato Pony Rides and Petting Zoo (Hamilton) [petting zoo] Waikato Pony Rides and Petting Zoo | Pony Parties and Gorgeous Pets Bullswool Farm and Nature Park (Karangaheke Gorge) [farm park/petting zoo] Bullswool Farm Heritage Park – An authentic Kiwi Experience, voted one of the Coromandel's 100 Must Do's! Marshall's Animal Park (Tauranga) [farm park/petting zoo] Marshalls Animal Park Katikati Bird Gardens (Katikati) things to do tauranga Rainbow Springs Nature Park (Rotorua) [ZAA member] Rainbow Springs Nature Park | Unique Rotorua Attraction Paradise Valley Springs (Rotorua) [current ZAA member?] Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park Wingspan Birds of Prey Trust (Rotorua) Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre Rotorua New Zealand | Birds of Prey | NZ Falcon Te Puia [formerly Whakarewarewa] Maori Arts and Crafts Institute (Rotorua) [kiwi house] [ZAA member] Te Puia - Rotorua Geothermal & Geysers | Rotorua Attraction Agrodome (Rotorua) [farm park/petting zoo] Unique New Zealand Farm Experience | Agrodome Rotorua Surico Alpaca Farm (Rotorua) [farm park] home page Lilliput Farm Fun and Animal Park (Taupo) [petting zoo] Lilli Put Farm Taupo | Lilli Put Farm Taupo Huka Prawn Park (Taupo) [prawn farm] Huka Prawn Park - New Zealand's only Prawn Park is 10 minutes north of Taupo Tongariro National Trout Centre [includes the Turangi National Freshwater Aquarium] (Turangi, near Taupo) troutcentre Nevalea Alpacas (Taumaranui) [farm park] http://www.nevaleaalpacas.co.nz/ Top Mill Alpaca Farm (Raurimu) [farm park] http://www.topmillalpaca.co.nz/ Ranui Farm Park (Waipukarau) [farm park] http://ranuifarmpark.co.nz/ Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park (Otorohanga) [ZAA member] Best place to see kiwi | Otorohanga Kiwi House, New Zealand Waitomo Big Bird and Miniature Animal Petting Farm (Otorohanga) [ostrich farm/petting zoo] http://www.waitomobigbird.co.nz/ Roselands Farm Park (Waitomo) [farm park] http://www.hamiltonwaikato.com/experiences/all-activities/roselands-farm-park/ Gisborne Botanic Gardens (Gisborne) [aviary] National Aquarium (Napier) [ZAA member] National Aquarium of New Zealand, Napier, Hawke's Bay, NZ Westshore Wildlife Reserve (Napier) [kiwi captive breeding facility; not open to the public] [ZAA member] Napier Botanic Gardens (Napier) [aviaries] Kidzplay and Funky Farm Petting Zoo (Mangateretere, near Napier) [petting zoo] http://www.kidzplay.co.nz/petting-zoo/ Hawkes Bay Farmyard Zoo (Haumoana, near Napier) [petting zoo] http://www.farmyardzoo.co.nz/ Cornwall Park (Hastings) [aviary] Brooklands Zoo (New Plymouth) [ZAA member] Pouakai Zoo Park (New Plymouth) [ZAA member] Pouakai Zoo Stoney Oaks Wildlife Park (Inglewood) Stoney Oaks Wildlife Park Ashley Park (Waitotara) [aviaries and petting zoo] http://www.ashleypark.co.nz/animals.html Virginia Lake Gardens (Wanganui) [aviaries] Kowhai Park (Feilding, near Palmerston North) [aviaries] Tweeters and Friends (near Palmerston North) [aviaries] Victoria Esplanade Gardens (Palmerston North) [ZAA member] [aviaries] Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History (Palmerston North) [has live native invertebrates and freshwater fish] Home - Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History The Parrot Ranch (Levin) [not currently open to the public] Owlcatraz Native Bird and Wildlife Park (Shannon) [also known as Owlcatraz Tourist and Educational Park] Owlcatraz – Native bird and wildlife park Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre (Mt. Bruce) [ZAA member] Pukaha Mount Bruce Queen Elizabeth Park (Masterton) [aviary and Fallow Deer] Kahikatea Gardens (Greytown) [petting zoo] http://www.kahikateagardens.co.nz/ Martinborough Manor Farm Tour (Martinborough) [farm park] https://martinboroughmanor.co.nz/ Te Nikau Barnyard (Lindale) [petting zoo] https://www.lindale.co.nz/lindale-barnyard Nga Manu Nature Reserve / Sanctuary (Waikanae) [ZAA member] Ngā Manu Reikorangi Pottery and Animal Park (near Waikanae) [petting zoo] Reikorangi Pottery Park and Cafe - Home Emudale (Paraparaumu) [Emu farm - I don't know if this is still operating] Bluebank Blueberry and Emu Farm (Akatarawa, Upper Hutt) [emu farm] http://www.bluebank.co.nz/ Staglands (Akatarawa Valley, Upper Hutt) Wellington Attractions | Animal Farm | Wildlife Park & Reserve | Welcome Riddiford Garden (Civic Gardens) (Lower Hutt) [aviary] Wellington Zoo (Wellington) [ZAA member] Visit Marine Education Centre (Island Bay, Wellington) [only open on Sundays] Welcome to Octopus.org.nz | Octopus.org.nz Zealandia (Wellington) [formerly called the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary] [not a zoo at all, but their Takahe are within an enclosed compound and they also have an enclosure for Maud Island Frogs (although you are very unlikely to see them by day). Previously they also had displays for native lizards and freshwater fish] Home - Zealandia SOUTH ISLAND Eco World Aquarium and Terrarium (Picton) [formerly called Seahorse World; also known as Picton Aquarium] EcoWorld Aquarium Anatoki Salmon (Takaka) [also includes Wild Earth Nature Park, formerly Bencarri Nature Park] [wild eels and petting zoo] https://www.anatokisalmon.co.nz/tame-eels-cafe/ Animal Farm (Upper Moutere) [petting zoo] https://www.animalfarm.co.nz/ Wild Oats Farm (Pretty Bridge Valley, near Nelson) [farm park/petting zoo] http://www.wildoatsfarm.co.nz/ Natureland Zoo (Nelson) [ZAA member] Home Red Barn Cafe and Animal Park (Murchison) [petting zoo] Hanmer Springs Animal Park (Hanmer Springs) [also known as Wai Ariki Farm Park or Wai Ariki Nature Park] [petting zoo] http://hanmer-animal-park.nz/ Hanmer Llamas (Hanmer Springs) [llama park] http://hanmerllamas.nz/ The National Kiwi Centre (Hokitika) [also variously and formerly known as Westland's Water World; Hokitika Water World; The NZ Eco Centre; and Jacquie Grant's Eco Centre] Wildlife Sanctuary & Kiwi Experience - The National Kiwi Centre The Bushmans Centre (Pukekura) [farm park] http://www.pukekura.co.nz/bushmans_centre/ West Coast Wildlife Centre (Frans Josef) West Coast Wildlife Centre Kaikoura Marine Aquarium (Kaikoura) [currently closed after earthquake damage; will reopen when a new premises is found] Fyffe View Ranch Adventure Park (Kaikoura) [petting zoo] Kaikoura Llama Trekking (Kaikoura) [farm park] http://www.llamatrekking.co.nz/ Woodlands Cafe, Playground and Petting Zoo (Leithfield) [petting zoo] Wee Dram Farm Park (Rangiora) [farm park/petting zoo] https://www.weedramfarm.co.nz/ Seafield Wildlife Park (Spencerville, Christchurch) [formerly called Spencer Park Wildlife Park, Spencerville Wildlife Reserve, or Spencerville Wildlife Park] [now just a few aviaries and livestock pens] Orana Park (Christchurch) [ZAA member] Open Range Zoo, Christchurch NZ | Orana Wildlife Park Willowbank Wildlife Reserve (Christchurch) [ZAA member] New Zealand Tourist Attractions | Willowbank Wildlife Reserve & Restaurant Peacock Springs / Isaacs Wildlife Trust (Christchurch) [not open to the public] [ZAA member] Combining Construction with Conservation » Isaac Construction International Antarctic Centre (Christchurch) [has White-flippered and Little Blue Penguins] [ZAA member] Best Tourist Attraction in Christchurch: International Antarctic Centre Canterbury Museum (Christchurch) [has live tarantulas] Canterbury Museum Woodham Park (Christchurch) [aviary] Sherlin Alpaca Stud (West Melton, Christchurch) [farm park] https://www.sherlin-alpaca.co.nz/ Silverstream Alpaca Farmstay (Christchurch) [farm park] http://www.alpacafarmstay.co.nz/ Arion Farm Education Park (Christchurch) [petting zoo] http://www.arionfarmpark.co.nz/ Shamarra Alpaca Farm Tours (Akaroa) [farm park] http://www.shamarra-alpacas.co.nz/farm-tours/ Living Springs Farm Park (Lyttleton) [farm park] http://www.livingsprings.co.nz/Day+Programmes/Farm+Park+visits.html Ashburton Botanic Gardens (Ashburton, near Christchurch) [aviary] Awatere Alpacas (Springston) [farm park] http://www.awaterealpacas.co.nz/ Warwickz Farm (Dunsandel) [farm park] http://www.warwickzfarm.com/ Gem Alpaca Farm Tours (Fairlie) [farm park] https://www.gemalpacas.nz/ Alpaca Walks (Geraldine) [farm park] http://alpacawalks.co.nz/ Farmyard Holiday Park (Geraldine) [petting zoo] http://www.thefarmyardholidaypark.co.nz/ DoC captive-breeding centre for Black Stilt (Twizel) Enkle Doo Very Korna (Waimate) [wallaby park] Caroline Bay (Timaru) [aviary] Timaru Botanic Gardens (Timaru) [aviary] South Canterbury Museum (Timaru) [has an aquarium of native freshwater fish] Home | South Canterbury Museum Famlan Farm Park (Timaru) [farm park/petting zoo] https://www.southproud.co.nz/listing/famlan-farm-park/ Oamaru Public Gardens (Oamaru) [aviary] Westmere Lavender Farm and Petting Zoo (Kurow) [petting zoo] http://www.westmerelavender.co.nz/ Establo Alpacas (Dunedin) [farm park] http://www.stonebarn.co.nz/ Flagstaff Alpacas (Dunedin) [farm park] http://www.flagstaffalpacas.co.nz/ Dun Eden Family Farm (Glen Ross, near Dunedin) [farm park/petting zoo] http://www.dunedenfamilyfarm.co.nz/ Orokonui Ecosanctuary (Dunedin) [similarly to Zealandia in Wellington, not a zoo at all but they have enclosed displays for Tuatara and Otago Skinks] Orokonui Ecosanctuary Penguin Place (Dunedin) [a penguin rehabilitation centre open for tours] Home » Penguin Place - Conservation Reserve Dunedin Botanic Gardens (Dunedin) [aviary complex] [ZAA member] Otago Museum (Dunedin) [Discovery World Tropical Forest butterfly house] [ZAA member] Home Arahua Gardens (Clyde) [aviary] Wanaka Lavender Farm (Wanaka) [petting zoo] https://www.wanakalavenderfarm.com/ Glenorchy Animal Experience (Glenorchy) [farm park/petting zoo] http://glenorchyanimalexperience.co.nz/ Paqocha Alpaca (Queenstown) [farm park] http://www.paqocha.co.nz/ Kiwi Birdlife Park (Queenstown) [ZAA member] Home - Kiwi Birdlife Park Frankton Zoological Gardens (Queenstown) [mainly aviaries] Te Anau Wildlife Centre (Te Anau) Maple Glen (Southland) [aviaries] Maple Glen Gardens Gore Botanic Gardens (Gore) [aviary] Southland Museum and Art Gallery (Invercargill) [Tuatara] Tuatara Queens Park (Invercargill) [aviaries, and farm park] ........................................................................ SELECTED CLOSED ZOOS Museum Of Fishes (Whangarei) – closed in 2000. Aquatic World Aquarium (Paihia) – seemingly closed? I can't find any recent references to it. It may have been turned into a restaurant. Auckland Lion Safari Park (Auckland) – opened September 1981, closed October 1991? (in liquidation until May 1995). Franklin Zoo [formerly Mark Vette's Rescue Zoo, which was formerly Whangarata Zoo Park] (Pokeno) – closed April 2012 following the death of the owner (killed by an elephant at the zoo). See here on Zoochat: Franklin Zoo Forums Living Art Wildlife Park (Tauranga) – closed in 2011. Marineland (Moturiki Island, Tauranga) – opened 1966, closed May 1981. There's not much available information. This article (Yes, 600 of us 'like' the old Pools) says "it was home to dozens of marine mammals as well as chimpanzees, llamas, wallabies, kea, possums and ferrets." Marineland of New Zealand (Napier) – opened January 1965; closed to the public in September 2008 following the death of the last dolphin, then variously open and closed until final closure in April 2009. Most animals remained on site until 2013-2015. The site has been redeveloped into part of a public recreation area. See this Zoochat thread: Marineland of New Zealand, Napier (Closed) - last dolphin at Marineland dies African Lion Safari Park (Otaihanga, near Paraparaumu) – opened 1979, closed 1982? (dissolution of company in 1986). McArthur Park Seaquarium (Titahi Bay, north of Wellington) – opened January 1987, closed 1990. Touch the Sea Aquarium [also known as Mapua Aquarium] (Mapua, Nelson) – opened 1999; destroyed in an arson attack in September 2011. See this Zoochat thread: Nelson Aquarium Destroyed by Fire Blenheim Zoo (Renwick) – closed in 1985. I'm not sure of the exact name of this zoo, but it was open at least as far back as the 1960s, and was also a "lion park". All I know of it is that it was overwhelmed by floods in July 1983 (the peccaries survived, paddling in circles for hours, but the small-clawed otters drowned as did almost all the farm animals). Other animals were lions, giraffes and monkeys. There's almost nothing on the internet about the zoo. Southern Encounter Aquarium and Kiwi House (Christchurch) – opened 1997; closed following severe earthquake damage in February 2011. See this Zoochat thread: Southern Encounter Aquarium and Kiwi House (Closed) - Further Christchurch Earthquake North (New) Brighton Zoo and Aquarium [was also known as "The Mini Zoo"] (Christchurch) – opened in the 1940s or 50s; closed in August 1996 following the retirement of the owner. See this Zoochat thread: North Brighton Zoo - North Brighton "Mini" Zoo, historical review Birdlands (Little River, near Christchurch) – now closed as an animal collection, being instead a forest reserve. Salmon World (Rakaia) – an aquarium dedicated to salmon, opened 2010 and closed around 2015. See this article about its opening: Let's Travel - www.letstravelmag.com: Salmon World opens in Rakaia Moana Zoo (Moana, near Lake Brunner) – opened 1986; closed in 2000. See this Zoochat thread: some history of the Moana Zoo (1986-2000) Hadlow Game Park (Timaru) – opened 1973; closed in April 1986. See this Zoochat thread: some history of Hadlow Game Park, Timaru (now closed) Landon Creek Bird Sanctuary (north of Oamaru) – closed by the SPCA due to animal neglect in October 2010. See this Zoochat thread: Landon Creek Bird Sanctuary - Landon Creek Bird Sanctuary Westpac Trust Aquarium / NZ Marine Studies Centre [also known as Portobello Aquarium] (Dunedin) – opened in the 1930s; closed to the public in June 2012 due to the building being unsafe, following the earthquakes in Christchurch. A new public aquarium in Dunedin has been mooted. See this Zoochat thread: Portobello Aquarium - aquarium closed to public The Reservation Animal Park and Zoological Gardens (Gore) – opened in 1998, zoo licence obtained in 2003, seems to have stopped being a zoo after a fire in 2010 [although they seemed to have mostly been a petting zoo in reality], and the property is now a B&B with a collection of farm animals.