April School Holidays - rediscover takahē and so much more at Auckland Zoo!

Saturday 13 to Sunday 28 April 2024

For years one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most extraordinary birds, the takahē, was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1948.

These April school holidays, rediscover this precious taonga and many other living treasures at Auckland Zoo. When you arrive, pick up an activity booklet and learn what makes takahē unique. Our bird team have a special keeper talk at 3.30pm everyday of the school holidays (13-28 April) where you can learn about Auckland Zoo takahē Whitu and Bligh. At home, with the help of your activity booklet, you can continue your rediscovery journey in your own backyard and learn how you can help protect local wildlife.

Native species themed Tamariki Time will run on Wednesday and Thursday at 10am and 10:30am.

The Domes will be open as well. There will be a reading corner, building blocks, a larger version of the takahē game and other activities in there.

Plus our Volunteers will have a takahē themed discovery table for visitors to engage with.

Free Library Sessions

Secrets of the Sea with Auckland Zoo

Calling all beach-goers, picnickers, snorkelers and sand-castle extraordinaires! Come along to your local library these holidays to uncover some secrets, stories and strange sensations from the sea. From scavenger hunts to turtle tales, or even setting your own conservation goal, there will be something for everyone to get their fins stuck into!

Check out the library sessions


Tickets for the Zoo

Buy tickets to the Auckland Zoo for the School Holidays using the link below.


Get an Annual Pass Membership

Purchase an Auckland Zoo Annual Pass Membership and visit as many times as you like in a year!


Visit our Jungle Track

Our South East Asia Jungle Track is open! The most ambitious project in our 100-year history, is all about providing exceptional habitats for our animals and a world-class immersive experience for all who visit – no passport required! 

South East Asia Jungle Track

The Five Domains of Animal Welfare

Science of Care

There's a real science to how we care for the animals here at Auckland Zoo - from environment to nutrition, to physical health and behaviour – all of these combined contribute to a positive mental state for an animal. To find out more about how we care for animals, watch our newest video series and even how to go in the draw for an exclusive and behind the scene tour of Auckland Zoo, click on the link below. 

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