Galápagos tortoises are the longest living and largest species of tortoise in the world. Native to the Galápagos Islands and now heavily protected by the Ecuadorian government, Auckland Zoo is home to the only Galápagos tortoises in New Zealand. Marvel at these gentle giants as you treat them to a special afternoon feed.

Experience features:

  1. Venture into the Galapagos enclosure and get up-close-and-personal with the biggest tortoise on earth. 
  2. Go behind the scenes into the Zoo fridge to collect afternoon tea for the Galapagos Tortoises. 
  3. While you are immersed in your Experience, your skilled guide will take photos to capture your once in a lifetime experience. You will receive these on a USB at the end of the day. 
  4. Make the most of your visit with all-day Zoo access –explore the rest of the Zoo at your leisure.

Gorgeous Galápagos Tortoises

Get acquainted with these huge tortoises.

It is best to contact our team at to discuss any disabilities so we can assess them on a case-by-case basis. All participants on this experience must be able to walk well on uneven terrain and crouch or kneel down comfortably for a period of time to get close to the Galapagos Tortoise. Unfortunately we are not able to accommodate wheelchairs or motorized walkers on this Experience.

Sure! Our minimum age for this experience is 5 years old.

All experiences require that a paying adult (aged 18+) must accompany children under 15 years. Each adult may supervise up to two children. 

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. Any personal belongings and devices will be secured during your Experience in storage lockers free of charge.

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 wear comfortable flat, enclosed shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. Avoid wearing any red or orange colours as these can affect the behaviour of the tortoise.

The weather will not normally affect this experience, but feel free to phone us on the morning of your experience to check on the status.  Occasionally, we may need to cancel or postpone your behind-the-scenes experience due to stormy weather. Any experiences postponed by Auckland Zoo will be rescheduled to another date.

We have a hands-off policy with most of our animals. We can’t guarantee physical contact with the animals on any experience. There is normally a chance to touch our Galapagos Tortoises, but please follow the instructions from your guide on the day.

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