The modern Auckland Zoo has a focus on reducing the number of bars between the animals and visitors, making for more natural enclosures that rely on moats to separate animals and people. Even the pride of lions is not behind bars!
Animals from all over the world are here. The Hippo River is home to African wetland animals including Hamadyas baboons, cheetahs and flamingos. The Aussie walkabout allows you to walk amongst native Australian animals like the wallaby and kangaroo. Native New Zealand animals include kiwi, tuataras and the morepork owl, which all live in the nocturnal house.
Located just west of downtown Auckland, the zoo can be reached by catching the number 11 tram. During the summer, a shuttle also runs between the zoo and the Auckland Museum. The zoo offers behind-the-scenes tours, as well as night safari and sleepover programs. Admission costs NZ$28 for adults, NZ$12 for children between the ages or 4 and 14 and is free for children under 4. Seniors and students with ID enter for $20, and discounted family rates are also available.