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:

  • Venture into the Galápagos habitat and get up-close-and-personal with the biggest tortoise on earth.
  • Go behind the scenes into the Zoo fridge to collect afternoon tea for the Galápagos Tortoises.
  • 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.
  • Make the most of your visit with all-day Zoo access –explore the rest of the Zoo at your leisure.
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Gorgeous Galápagos Tortoises

Get acquainted with these huge tortoises.

  • Spectators are able to watch the experience from the visitor area outside the enclosure.
  • All participants on this experience must be able to walk well on uneven terrain and crouch or kneel down comfortable for a period of time to get close to the Galapagos Tortoise. 
  • Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate wheelchairs or motorized walkers on our Galapagos Tortoise Experience.
  • All participants must be at least 5 years old, and children under 15 years of age must be accompanied by a paying adult. Each paying adult may supervise up to two children.

A: We don’t offer gift vouchers, but you can still book the experience as a gift (see below). Need something to add to a gift card? You could print out the booking confirmation email or even your favourite Galápagos tortoises picture!

Sure! Just put your details under ‘Contact Details’ and their contact information under ‘Participant’. Please forward on your booking confirmation emails to the lucky recipient as they contain important health and safety information for the experience.

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. 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 Galápagos Tortoise. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate wheelchairs or motorized walkers on this Experience.

Yes! 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.

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Your guide will take photos during your experience so you can fully live in the moment. You will receive these on a USB - all included in your experience! 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 (such as sneakers) and appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. Avoid wearing any red, pink 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 Galápagos Tortoises, but please follow the instructions from your guide on the day.

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