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Te Wao Nui – The Living Realm at Auckland Zoo

Product ID: 185262
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Have an immersive journey through Aotearoa’s natural world of Te Wao Nui, The Living Realm, at Auckland Zoo. Get up close to New Zealand native birds and reptiles and listen to many zookeeper talks held throughout the day.
About this activity
Valid 1 day
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Listen to amazing stories of animal rescue and conservation
  • Discover New Zealand's native animals, reptiles, and plants
  • Explore six diverse zones reflecting New Zealand's distinctly unique landscapes
  • Relax in one of the picnic areas while enjoying the sights and sounds of the zoo
Full description
Immerse yourself in New Zealand's natural world at Auckland Zoo. Learn about animal rescue and conservation at Te Wao Nui, The Living Realm. Discover over 60 species of animals and more than 100 species of plants as you have full access to every habitat zone.

Explore 15,000 kilometers of coastline reflected in Takutai (the Coast habitat) and learn how offshore sanctuaries helped preserve New Zealand's unique wildlife at Moutere Rahui (the Islands zone). Experience Nga Repo (the Wetlands habitat) and learn about a critically endangered part of New Zealand’s landscape. Step into Te Po (the Night habitat) to meet nocturnal stars, such as the kiwi, the huge Kauri snail, cave wetas, and the short-tailed bat. 

Unwind in the lush bush setting of Te Wao Nui a Tane (the Forest habitat), home to tui and bellbirds, alongside kereru and kaka. Finish your national tour in Whenua Waotu (the High Country zone) to view the beauty of the South Island, where piky tussock, schist rock formations, a replica backcountry hut, and a rapidly flowing ‘alpine’ stream are home to blue duck, weka, takahe, and the notoriously cheeky kea.
  • Auckland Zoo entry ticket
  • Complimentary zoo map
  • All daily shows and free animal encounters
  • Contribution to the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund
What’s Not Included
  • Food or drink

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Meeting point

Auckland Zoo, Motions Road, Auckland. The zoo is just west of downtown Auckland and next to Western Springs Reserve. Free parking available and accessible car parking is available near the main entrance to the zoo (requires valid mobility parking permit). If taking the bus, get off at stop 8124 on Great North Road, opposite Motions Road. It's a short walk down Motions Road to the zoo.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• The Auckland Zoo is open daily from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (September to April) and 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM (May to August), with last entry at 4:15 PM
• Around 1 to 2 hours is recommended to explore Te Wao Nui
• Wheelchairs and scooters must be pre-booked and are subject to availability
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Auckland Zoo

Product ID: 185262