This Valentine’s Day, we will be celebrating this day of love with an evening where you can enjoy fine dining, drinks and keeper talks delving into the weird and wonderful world of animal courtship display.

Whether you’re visiting with someone you swiped right on, a longtime lover, pals or gals – there is something for everyone to enjoy!
You may even find your new favourite primate, with stickers on entry to show if you are interested in meeting someone new!

Enjoy the Zoo in a different light on this adult only evening!

Adult Annual Pass Members (18 years +) – free! Please present pass on entry.

Valentine's Late Tickets

Make the most of the summer evening and head to Valentine's Late, an adult only evening at the Zoo! 

4pm - 8pm, Wednesday 14 February 2024.

Adult tickets from $15. Avoid the queues when you buy online.

Valentine's Late Food

Te Puna

Get the Te Puna Special: pizza, fries, and a drink, all for $25! Plus, our usual range of food and drink are also available.

Open until 8pm

The Watering Hole

If you’re after summertime staples, you will find burgers, fries and ice creams at the Watering Hole.

Open until 7pm (weather dependent)

Korimako café

Located opposite the band rotunda, this pop-up café offers American hot dogs, takeaway coffee and scoop ice cream.

Open until 7pm (weather dependent)

The Old Elephant House

The Valentine's Late Dinner must be booked in advance, or a selection of cabinet food and coffee is available for walk-ups!

Open until 7pm

The Lookout café

Takeaway Fried chicken waffle or Ice cream waffle, Kāpiti ice creams, cold drinks and coffee.

Open until 7pm (weather dependent)

Valentine's Late Dinner - Sold Out

If you’re looking for something saucier for someone special, we will spoil you to a three-course meal and an exclusive keeper talk while you sip on some bubbles and enjoy your amuse-bouche.

Our chefs have cooked up something truly magnificent with this Valentine’s themed menu.

Valentine's Late Dinner + Zoo entry includes the three-course Valentine’s themed dinner and entry to Auckland Zoo for Valentine's Late (4pm-8pm) for one person. Bookings are essential.

Member Valentine's Late Dinner - Sold Out

If you’re looking for something saucier for someone special, we will spoil you to a three-course meal and an exclusive keeper talk while you sip on some bubbles and enjoy your amuse-bouche.

Our chefs have cooked up something truly magnificent with this Valentine’s themed menu.

Adult Annual Pass Members enjoy free zoo entry and 10% off the three-course Valentine’s themed dinner. Members must bring their Annual Pass Membership for entry into the zoo. Bookings are essential. 

Valentine's Late Old Elephant House Dinner - SOLD OUT.

Please note, this is an Adults Only event.

Vegan and dietary requirements can be catered for. This MUST be requested at the time of booking as vegan and dietary requirements cannot be provided on the day.

Pre-booking is required, walk-ups not available on the day.

Old Elephant House Valentines Day Dinner is run on Wednesday 14 February 2024

One session is available starting at 6.30pm and ending at 8.30pm. Guests must be seated by 6.20pm, so please arrive early.

This event is 120 minutes long. Guests must be seated no later than 5 minutes after the start time of this special event we have presenters at the dinner and need to stay to a tight time frame.

Admission will not be granted if guests arrive after 10mins.

Booking cut-off dates is as follows:

  • For event date 14 February, the last date to book is Wednesday 7th February by 5pm.

Any decreases in the number of guests after a booking has been made may result in the original confirmed guest number being charged.   

No changes in the number of guests to be catered for will be accepted after 5pm of the cut-off date (Wednesday 7th February)

If you are a member, providing your Membership Number is compulsory.

Cancellation of the booking may, in Montana Group’s sole discretion, result in a cancellation fee as follows:

  • Cancellation within 7 days of the booking will incur a 100% cancellation fee;
  • Cancellation more than 7 days of the booking will incur a 50% cancellation fee;
  • No concessions will be made for cancellations due to Covid-19, and all conditions above will apply.  

The Customer acknowledges that:

  • Minimum orders may apply;
  • Menu content is always subject to change due to market or seasonal availability; and
  • Where, due to unforeseen circumstances (eg supplier shortage), Montana Group is unable to provide the agreed menu or Catering Services, Montana Group reserves the right to adapt the menu and Catering Services via email with the customer.
  • In the rare case that the Zoo is forced to cancel a session due to inclement weather, notice of cancellation will be provided within a day’s notice of a session. This is at the sole discretion of Zoo Management and all customers who have booked will receive a 100% refund.
  • All event tickets are seated in the Old Elephant House courtyard.
  • The Old Elephant House restaurant will not be open for walk-ups during the event or on the night.

This is an Adults Only Event.


You can buy Valentine's Late tickets online here.

Tickets are also available at the gate, however we recommend purchasing online to save time.

Please note: This event is R18 ONLY, ID will be checked on the night, you will forfeit your ticket if you are not able to provide valid 18+ ID.

Your Valentine's Late ticket is able to be used from 4pm on Wednesday 14 February 2024. Last entry time at 7pm.

As Valentine's Late are special events, they require their own tickets to be purchased. You can buy tickets online here.

If you are already in the Zoo having entered using a general admission ticket (or annual pass membership, etc) earlier in the day, you are welcome to stay and continue enjoying the Zoo as long as you are 18 years or older and able to provide valid 18+ ID.

Adult Auckland Zoo Annual Pass Members who are 18 years and over get free access to Valentine's Late.

Yes! The below on-site venues are open:

Te Puna café has a $25 special: pizza, chips & drink deal, plus all the usual hot and cold café food (dine-in or takeaway).

Old Elephant House restaurant is serving a special Valentine's gourmet dining experience - bookings required. A fresh salad and protein bar plus a selection of cabinet food and coffee still available for walk-ups!

The Watering Hole café* offers takeaway burgers, hot chips, cold drinks and scoop ice cream.

Wētāpunga café has refreshing cold drinks, ice blocks from the freezer and cabinet food.

Korimako café* offers American hot dogs, takeaway coffee, cold drinks and scoop ice cream.

*Open hours weather dependent.

Yes, we have a range of hire items available at our information centre (wheelchairs, mobility scooters and umbrellas). We take bookings in advance for these items on 09 360 3805 or email

Yes, the whole zoo is open with the exception of our Kiwi habitat the night which closes at 5.30pm.