If you’re after that last-minute Christmas gift for your loved ones – look no further! The Auckland Zoo Shop is now online with a hand-picked range of all your favourites, as well as the ability to gift annual pass memberships and selected general admission tickets to your family and friends.

The best part is any purchase from our shop helps to support Auckland Zoo and our mission to build a future for wildlife and wild places, with a portion going directly toward our conservation efforts globally.

Check out our top-eight Christmas Gift Guide below!

1) Give the gift that keeps on giving with an annual pass to the zoo! From as little as $19 a month, a family of four can enjoy unlimited entry to Auckland Zoo, 364 days a year. The perfect gift for your favourite animal-lovers of any age, you can now gift an annual pass from the comfort of your own home. Get it here.

2) Who doesn’t love a soft toy? Made from high quality soft plush, these bean-filled toys are super huggable and perfect for playtime and naptime. Some of these toys are even created especially for Auckland Zoo, like this crowd favourite – the chill capybara. Know an entomologist in the making? They’ll love our selection of bug toys – from busy bees to Aotearoa’s wonderful wētāpunga. There’s a huge range here.

3) Can’t decide which soft toy to gift? We’ve set up some fun packs so you don’t have to!  Our Red Panda Fan Pack features a rad selection of red panda items, our Zoo Supporter Kit features both native and international species while our African Savannah Set and Asian Species Set have three gorgeous and cuddly toys from each region to please any budding zoologist.

4) Do you know someone who loves to surround themselves in beautiful scents? Our exclusive Te Wao Nui candle, made with local family business Aroha Love, is a one-of-a-kind soy candle that celebrates our sanctuary for Aotearoa’s wildlife -  Te Wao Nui. Featuring a special blend of Kawakawa and Pounamu infused Kowhai, Frankincense and Ylang Ylang fragrance and essential oils. Each candle is hand poured, blessed with Karakia (Māori blessing), and infused with Reiki energy and much aroha. These come in three sizes – Petite, Medium and Large. Find out more here.

5) Be an Auckland Zoo advocate with a fun, branded KeepCup! Make sure you’re always hydrated while on the go and forgo the waste of single-use plastic. Available in two sizes – 227ml and 340ml – our zoo KeepCups are made from durable tempered glass with a press fit lid and natural cork band. A pleasure to drink from with the lid on or off! Check out the full range of striking colours – check them out here.

6) Sustainable living is so important so we’ve got the perfect present for your environmentally minded whanau. Our Sustainable Kitchen Set has all the essentials for shopping, food storage and enjoying a drink without needless waste. Head to the shops with a KeepCup in hand, a stunning flamingo tote bag and cotton produce bags to keep your purchases together. For lunches or leftovers use Honeywrap to keep your food fresh and stainless-steel straws to partake in your chosen refreshment. Ka pai!

7)  Do you know a bookworm who loves nothing more than an enriching read? Our Zoo Shop is filled with books for all ages with a special focus on wildlife and conservation. Learn about Aotearoa’s native species and their secrets in An Extraordinary Land: Discoveries and Mysteries from Wild New Zealand, learn about the rich history of Abel Tasman National Park in Down The Bay or read the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund sponsored book Mose and the Manumea that helps to educate kids about the importance of their backyard fauna.

8) Check out these cute Knitted Kritters! These unique knitted soft toys are made from homespun wool, with each piece hand-crafted by one of over 400 Kenyan women. Their knitting provides regular income and benefits for the community, such as free health clinics and eye checks, a savings plan, and access to electricity.

You can find even more amazing items in our Zoo Shop – online and on-site – so get gifting today!