Discover More at Auckland Zoo

Seeing amazing animals is just the beginning… Prepare to explore more than 17 hectares of naturally inspired and award-winning habitats. You’ll come face-to-face with over 135 species including some of the world’s rarest animals and you’ll get to see how our staff go above and beyond – for animals here at the Zoo and in the wild.

Discover how and why New Zealand species are unique and learn about relationships and connections between animals, plants, people, the things we do, and our values from a Māori world view. You can also find out how human activities can impact the survival of species.

With year-round keeper talks and special events, you’ll find no two days, or even two hours, are the same at Auckland Zoo.

Social Protocols

  1. Respect the environment - You will be out in nature for this experience so please help protect our environment by taking all your rubbish with you.
  2. Be a great listener - Have fun and stay safe by following instructions carefully.
  3. Turn your phone off - Make sure you don't use your phone while your guides are talking. If you need to make a call, please ask your guide/teacher first.
  4. Be considerate of others - You’ll be part of a group, so it’s important to be kind and courteous.

Cultural Protocols

  1. A chance to relax - This experience is one way Kiwis like to relax and enjoy life so it will seem very relaxed. Have fun, enjoy slowing down (away from work or study) and relax!
  2. Be a respectful visitor - You will be a guest during this experience, so please be respectful. Two important Māori customs are to take your shoes off indoors and avoid sitting on tables or pillows.
  3. Don't be shy - Kiwis are very friendly, open people so this experience is a great opportunity to not be shy, smile lots and make some new friends.
  4. Hello and goodbye in Māori - If you want to start practising some basic Māori phrases, you could try using ‘Kia ora’ (hello) and ‘Ka kite’ (goodbye).
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