All functions and venues at Auckland Zoo are managed by our friends at Auckland Conventions, Venues & Events, who are experts in venue and event management.

Let the friendly Auckland Conventions Team help you find the right space for your next function or event at Auckland Zoo.

Enquiries for function and venue hire are managed by our friends at Auckland Conventions, Venues & Events, who are experts in venue and event management.

For more information about hiring a space or to arrange a site visit, please email or fill in this form to make an enquiry.

Yes. A dedicated Event Coordinator is assigned to each event. They are your point of contact for providing ideas, answering questions and looking after every detail to ensure the success of your event.

Depending on which venue you choose, the level of additional charges may change. Please see below for a list of the most common additional event-related costs. All prices are GST exclusive.

Additional Guests

If the number of guests exceeds entries included in the venue price, this will be charged at:

  1. Adults (15+yo)             $15.00+GST per person
  2. Children (4-14yo)        $10.00+GST per person
  3. Infants (0-3yo)            Free

Event Security

Zoo venues are all unique spaces. Therefore, specific and/or additional security may be required for your event. Additional security requirements are non-negotiable and will be set by Auckland Conventions.

If additional security is required, a minimum of four hours per event security staff member applies at $38.50+GST per hour, per event security staff.

Absolutely. We recommend meeting you for a site inspection to view the different areas of the Zoo and to discuss your requirements further. Site inspections are by appointment only, please contact the Team at Auckland Conventions at to arrange a suitable time.

Auckland Zoo has very strict Health & Safety guidelines and does not allow external companies to operate on our premises. Details of Auckland Zoo’s approved suppliers that can provide the above services can be provided.

Our contracted caterers provide all food consumed for functions. You may, however, supply your own wedding cake. The Auckland Contentions Team can provide details of our catering partners for you to discuss menu requirements with them directly.

Please contact Auckland Conventions for Auckland Zoo-approved theming companies who can provide you with suitable options.

We love wildlife! To ensure the welfare of Zoo wildlife at all times, the following items are STRICTLY PROHIBITED in the Zoo:

  1. Sound levels that exceed 70 decibels at any time
  2. Animal-themed hats or head decorations
  3. Smoke, haze, dry ice or haze machines
  4. Balloons, bikes, skateboards, rollerblades or jugglers
  5. Whistles and noisemakers such as party poppers
  6. Open flames, candles or pyrotechnics
  7. Confetti

Yes. We have some great spots for ceremonies and receptions. The Zoo has a great advantage as a venue in Auckland as there is plenty for your guests to do in between the ceremony and reception, while you have your wedding photos taken. ​

Yes. Bookings made less than three months prior to the event day will require 100% of the minimum venue rental as deposit. Bookings made between three to six months prior to the event day will require 75% of the minimum venue rental as deposit. Bookings made more than six months prior to the event day will require 50% of the minimum venue rental as deposit. Auckland Conventions reserves the right to request full payment or all known event costs five working days prior to the event at its discretion.

Yes, absolutely. We are happy to arrange a time for your photographer to come in for a site inspection and view our beautiful Zoo!​ We also have a list of photographers who have worked weddings at Auckland Zoo and can help pick the perfect photo locations for lasting memories.

Once final numbers are advised, wristbands are allocated for each function. It is your responsibility to ensure your guests receive these and wear them as they enter the Zoo. If for some reason your guests don't have their wristband on the day, they will be required to pay the standard admission prices at the ticket office.​

​We can also manage a guest list for wedding guests. Guests not on your guest list will need to pay standard admission prices at the ticket office to gain entry to Auckland Zoo.

Wristbands are only allocated to a particular function on a certain day. They cannot be used for Zoo admission on another date, sold or transferred to another person.

For evening venue hire, the hire period is until midnight. Last orders are at 11.30pm, and all guests are to depart by midnight. Please discuss with the Team at Auckland Conventions to determine the style and venue that will suit your requirements.

For daytime events, attendees are asked to park in the Auckland Zoo overflow carpark at TAPAC on 100 Motions Road which is a short walk from the Zoo, so on-site carparks are available for families visiting the Zoo.

Accessible car parking is available in the Motions Road carpark, and also by the main entrance of the Zoo, for vehicles displaying a current mobility parking permit.

Auckland Zoo is a NON-SMOKING venue; smoking is not permitted AT ANY TIME inside the venue.