Our stunning new high canopy primate habitat for orangutans and siamangs is now open for you to experience!

Also completed and open as part of phase one of our new South East Asia Jungle Track is our new wharekai (café) and function venue, Te Puna (‘the spring’). 

Our South East Asia Jungle Track, the biggest project in our 99-year history, is a $60m renewals programme being funded through Auckland Council’s long-term plan. Once complete, along with our lake and wetlands, this track across one-fifth of our Zoo, will feature a lowlands habitat for tigers and otters and a swamp forest habitat for Sunda gharial (crocodile) and other fish and reptiles.

Highly immersive for animals and people, and unique to Aotearoa and globally, it is all about providing the best care for our animals and bringing animals together to give visitors a deep connection with nature and inspire a love and care for wildlife and each other.

As one of the most species-rich and threatened places on earth, Auckland Zoo is proud to be putting the spotlight South East Asia. For 20 years we’ve been actively supporting conservation efforts  here to help wildlife in the wild that continue to make a positive difference, and you our visitors are contributing to these efforts every time you visit!

What's Happening in South East Asia

Te Puna

Te Puna - our brand new café and function venue - is ready for you to swing by! You'll find delicious canteen style fare for takeaway …

Open Now

The High Canopy

Our stunning new high canopy primate habitat for orangutans and siamangs is now open for you to experience. The world class habitat …

Open Now

The Lake and Wetlands

A boardwalk takes visitors out across our lake and wetlands and over to the swamp forest and tropical dome will soon be open for you …

Open Now

The Swamp Forest

Our large tropical dome will soon be open for you to experience. The world class habitat includes tropical pools and a rainfall system …

Coming soon

The Lowlands

Look forward to being immersed in the landscape and environment of Sumatran tigers and Asian small-clawed otters in our lowlands …

Open Now

“As kaitiaki of Tāmaki Makaurau’s zoo and the environment, we’re so excited and proud of this world-class development for our animals and community. It reflects all that we stand for, and is truly wildlife conservation science at work,” says Auckland Zoo director, Kevin Buley.

“Along with renewing the Zoo’s physical heart and providing incredible homes for our animals, its immersive design brings people and animals together – giving visitors a deep connection with nature and immersive experiences to inspire a love and care for wildlife, wild places, and each other.”


Journey around our Future Zoo!

Captured by drone this birds-eye-view lets you journey around our burgeoning South East Asia habitat.

Zoo News


Construction of our South East Asia Jungle Track, which extends across an expansive one-fifth of our Zoo visitor area, began in late 2017 and is on the home straight to be fully completed and open to visitors by the end of 2022!

Already open to visitors is the high canopy habitat for primates - orangutans and siamangs. Also open is the boardwalk that extends across the Zoo’s lake from the high canopy habitat and over to the new (still in construction) swamp forest habitat and lowlands habitat.

This year, the lowlands habitat for Sumatran tigers and Asian small-clawed otters will open. Opening in late 2022 will be the Track’s final habitat – a stunning Indonesian swamp forest created within a large transparent temperature-controlled tropical dome that will be home to Sunda gharial crocodiles, fish, turtles, and tortoises – the first of its kind in Aotearoa!

Areas of construction have hoardings or fencing surrounding them, and our Zoo map clearly shows which areas these are and what pathways are accessible to you. Our fabulous volunteers, the friendly folk in red, are also out in force to help you.

Yes! We are excited to share that in addition to orangutans, siamangs, tigers, and otters, our new South East Asia area will be home to the stunning Asian crocodile species, the Sunda gharial, a rich diversity of fish species including Asian arowana and turtles and tortoises.

Yes. As part of zoos’ international breeding programme for these Critically Endangered big cats, we will be welcoming more Sumatran tigers, who will have a home in our expansive new tiger habitat. Once timings are confirmed for the tigers’ arrivals, we will be letting everyone know.

Despite this build, there are now more animals to see and experience when you visit. We’ve introduced new bird species in our Australia track, now have iguana on display, have welcomed the African antelope species, nyala and waterbuck, as well as African crested porcupines and Emperor tamarins. In addition, be sure to visit our Vet Hospital just along from our red panda habitat. Here in the public viewing gallery, you can view into the hospital’s treatment room and operating theatre and may see staff treating Zoo animals or injured animals from the wild.

Yes. Our new café and function venue, Te Puna, is now open. Over 1000 m2, and elevated, it looks out over the Zoo’s lake. From its wide wrap-around deck, you can look out and see how our new tropical dome is progressing, and watch the incredibly agile orangutans and siamangs as they range across their extensive network of aerial pathways (up to 25m high!) that extend from their habitat and out over the lake. 

As well as new toilet facilities in this new café, there will be additional new toilet facilities adjoining the new South East Asia area.


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