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Close Encounters

Juvenile Tuatara Talk - Watch our baby dinosaurs (tuatara) get fed by their keeper's and hear their story. Fridays include a live weigh in. 9:30am every day.

Blue-Tongue Lizard Close Up - Meet our reptile keeper at the exotic reptile area; see an Australian blue-tongued lizard up close! Interactive at keeper's discretion. Photos may be available with Magic Memories. 10:30am Wed / Fri / Sun.

Water Dragon Close Up - Meet our reptile keeper at the exotic reptile area, see an Australian water dragon up close! Interactive at keeper’s discretion. Photos may be available with Magic Memories. 10:30am Tue / Thurs / Sat.

Native Reptiles - Watch our native geckos and skinks get fed and learn what makes them unique to New Zealand. 1:30pm Tue / Thurs / Sat.

Eel Feeding - Meet at the eel feeding platform. Listen to our keeper talk about our native long-finned eel and maybe you will get to see one feed. 3:00pm Tue / Thurs / Sat.

Trout Talk/Feed - Meet at Underwater viewer. Our keeper will talk about our different species of trout and ask for your help to feed them. 3:00pm Wed / Fri / Sun.

Bird Encounters

Canopy Aviary - Walk into our canopy aviary and help us feed our birds! Feed the kākāriki and watch their natural ground foraging behaviour, hear our tui sing and see our huge kereru up close. 9:00am Tue / Thurs / Sat.

Exotic Birds - Come down to our colourful native bird exhibits and talk to the bird keeper about the species we have on show and their individual quirks. Watch lorikeets get their favourite nectar feed, watch us enrich different birds and if you are lucky one may even talk to you! 10:00am Tue / Thurs / Sat.

Antipodes Island Parakeet - Meet at the Antipodes Island Parakeets enclosure and watch our keeper interact and demonstrate the natural foraging behaviour of this very rare parakeet. 1:00pm Tue / Thurs / Sat.

Kaka - Meet our bird keeper at the kaka enclosure to watch our playful bush parrot play with enrichment items and get fed. 9:00am Wed / Fri / Sun.

Weka - Meet our keeper at the weka enclosure. Watch the notoriously shy and endangered North Island weka sneak up to grab food and puzzle over enrichment items. 10:00am Wed / Fri / Sun.

Kea - Meet at the kea enclosure through the front entrance, and help our bird keeper enrich our very clever male kea! Watch them solve puzzles for food rewards and learn some handy new tricks from the keeper. 1:00pm Mon / Wed / Fri / Sun.

Morepork - Learn all about this silent night bird from her keeper, and see what she's having for dinner! 3:30pm Tue - Sun