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Galápagos tortoise

Marvel at these gentle giants as you treat them to a special afternoon snack.

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Kiwi

Meet New Zealand's most iconic flightless bird and learn about kiwi conservation in action.

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Elephant

Meet and greet our majestic elephants!

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Carnivore Keeper For A Day

Introducing our most immersive behind-the-scenes experience to date! You'll spend the day with our zookeepers caring for our carnivores; big cats, red pandas, meerkats, otters and more.

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Meerkat

Meet our mischievious mob of meerkats in our African savannah! 

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Squirrel monkey & capybara

Sharing their home in the Zoo’s Rainforest, our unique Squirrel Monkey and Capybara experience will be one you treasure for years to come. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

All our behind-the-scenes experiences have a different minimum age to attend. Squirrel monkey experience - 7 years; Galapagos tortoise experience - 5 years. All experiences require a paying adult must accompany children under 15 years. For the Galapagos tortoise experience, each adult may supervise up to two children (5-8 years).

Note: all experiences require that a paying adult accompany children under 15 years.

It is best to contact our team at experiences@aucklandzoo.co.nz to discuss any disabilities so we can assess them on a case-by-case basis.

Your guide will take photos during your experience so you can fully live in the moment. You will receive these on a USB at no extra cost. Unfortunately, use of personal devices are prohibited in our behind the scenes areas.

The price includes your zoo entry fee so feel free to come in earlier and stay at the Zoo after your behind-the-scenes experience.

Please make sure you wear comfortable clothes and covered walking shoes (e.g. sneakers). If we have bad weather, you may also want to wear a raincoat. To get the most from your Galapagos tortoise experience, please avoid wearing red and orange colours.

You can pay for your experience by credit card payment over the phone or other payment options in person at the Zoo's Information Centre.

We may need to cancel or postpone your behind-the-scenes experience due to stormy weather. We will contact you if this is the case.

We have a hands-off policy with most of our animals. We can’t guarantee physical contact with the animals on any experience.

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