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Hosted every school holidays season, our experienced hosts give you a personalised guided tour to see what the animals are up to after dark! This is a unique experience that provides a rare insight into animal behaviour, habitats, diets and so much more. 

Upon arrival, our wonderful Safari guides will welcome you to Auckland Zoo. Then, feast on a BBQ dinner and enjoy some fun and games together while we wait for dusk.

Come nightfall, you'll venture out with our knowledgeable guides and embark a thrilling tour around the Zoo by torchlight!

This is a public experience with a maximum group size. For a private experience or corporate booking, contact us.

  1. Minimum age: 8 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
  2. Price: $55 per person 

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, children can attend. They must be at least 8 years old and accompanied by an adult.

The minimum number of people for a group Safari Night is 20.

For groups smaller than 20 people, you will need to book into a Public Safari Night - run during the school holidays.​

The barbecue dinner consists of sausages, bread, potato salad, coleslaw and cordial. We also provide a vegetarian option (if required).

Phone us on (09) 360 4700 or email to discuss options.

No, all Safari Nights are strictly non-alcoholic.

If you want a function, which includes alcohol and Safari Night walk, you will need to book a private function through the functions department (phone 0800 54 98 98 or email to discuss this option).

Unfortunately there are no showers available for the safari night, only toilet facilities.

  1. Arrival time is 4.30pm and finish time is 10pm.

If you need to alter these times, you can discuss this when making your booking. Please phone us on (09) 360 4700 or email.

  1. Things to bring (guided walk and barbecue): Comfortable clothing, covered walking footwear, raincoat, a torch with red cellophane covering the light.
  2. Things to leave at home: camera with a flash on the night walk, radios, whistles, balloons, balls, frisbees, hacky sacs or throwing games. Alcohol (alcohol is not allowed on a Safari Night).  Beverage options are only available if you book a Safari Night walk as an add-on to a Zoo function.

Yes, please bring your torch for the night walk. All torches must be covered in red cellophane.

If the weather is excessively bad, we may cancel or postpone your safari night. If there is only light rain or wind, your safari night will go ahead.

Your night walk includes lizards, cheetah, tigers and our elephants. Please note that most of our animals have the choice to be outside in their enclosures or inside under cover so we cannot guarantee sightings of all animals.​

The Zoo is located next to Western Springs Park so this is a great place to explore. MOTAT is also just down the road and is a popular venue for groups that attend Safari Nights.​

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