Auckland Zoo is introducing some new ticketing options with more flexibility to help meet rising costs and reduce our [the Zoo’s] reliance on ratepayer funding while maintaining subsidised entry fees for people in our local communities.
This follows four years of reduced ticket pricing while building the now multi-award winning South East Asia Jungle Track - the Zoo’s biggest ever development.
The changes, which come into effect on 1 August, include peak and off-peak tickets and cheaper ‘book-in-advance’ options for Aucklanders. Children under four years remain free and there are no changes to annual pass membership fees or school visits.
As part of Tātaki Auckland Unlimited (TAU) - a Council-Controlled Organisation – the Zoo has to do its part to help TAU reach its target saving of $34.5m for the 2023/24 financial year, which means we can no longer subsidise entry fees for New Zealanders visiting from outside of Auckland.
“Times like these can be really challenging for a not-for-profit wildlife conservation organisation like the Zoo. We have to find new ways to work more efficiently and trust that our audiences see the value of the work we do. Our local communities are hugely important to us, and I am thrilled that Aucklanders can still visit for the discounted fees we introduced in 2018 when work on the South East Asia Jungle Track began, as long as they book in advance!”, says Auckland Zoo director Kevin Buley.
New Zealanders living outside of Auckland that visit will now pay the same price as international visitors; $35/adult and $20/child during peak* days (*weekends, school, and public holidays), and a new price of $29/adult and $16.50/child for off-peak days.