Zoo is a really good way to spend half-a-day if you are visiting
is fairly easy to get to - being situated close to the central city
at Western Springs Reserve and is connected to the Museum
of Transport and Technology by a historic Melbourne W-Class
Zoo has been around for a long time, but has undergone modernisation
changing old cages into more open, animal-friendly areas.
has more than 1000 birds and animals within its beautifully kept
grounds, which are filled with lush plants and trees.
creatures include kiwis, tuataras (lizards), tigers, elephants,
masses of monkeys, giraffes, hippos and a pride of lions that you
can get within inches of (thank goodness for strengthened glass).
Auckland Zoo has a number of themed areas where many of the animals
get to live in space and comfort. They are the Pridelands, Hippo
River, Rainforest, Asian Elephants, NZ Aviary, Kiwi and Tuatara
House, Primate Trail and Penguin Shores.
any ex-patriot Australians there is a wonderful little section featuring
lots of Aussie wildlife including wallabies, emus and parrots.
isn't a huge zoo and is easy to walk around.
we went we were rather captivated by the Pridelands and spent at
least 45 minutes in a small shelter watching through glass as 10
lions - including six gorgeous cubs - mucked about and fed. It was
a great experience for both adults and children.
Auckland Zoological Park,
Telephone: 64 9 360 3800
Information Line: 64 9 360 3819
Facsimile: 64 9 360 3818
Auckland Zoo is open every day (excluding Christmas Day) between
9.30am and 5.30pm, although you can't get in after 4.15pm. In winter,
1st June - 31st August, the Zoo closes at 5:00pm.