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Auckland Zoo

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Auckland Zoo has New Zealand's largest collection of animals and is recognised as one of the most progressive zoos in the world.

Address: 10 Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland Auckland City 1022

Phone: view phone+64 9 360 3805

Contact Name: +64 9 360 3818



In February 1912, a "zoo" opened in the Auckland suburb of Onehunga. This area belonged to John James Boyd, who set up a private menagerie consisting of six lions, a tiger, a panther, one hyena and several monkeys - and here the early seeds of Auckland Zoo were sown. The residents of Onehunga were upset about the "zoo" - and the following years saw a multitude of safety concerns and complaints about the noise, smell, and crowds. In June 1922 Auckland City Council purchased the animals and six months later, in December 1922, opened what is now the Auckland Zoo, at the current Western Springs location. One of the early challenges the Zoo faced was to build a collection of animals. City business people were encouraged to seek out new stock whilst on overseas trips, which brought many more new animals for the Zoo. In 1956, it was decided that zoo visitors wanted more "entertainment". Chimpanzee tea parties had been happening for some time at London Zoo, and were very popular. Auckland Zoo decided to follow suit, and four young chimpanzees arrived in October 1956 to entertain the crowds. Having spent time in London learning this art, the chimpanzees, Janie, Bobbie, Josie and Minnie, settled in quickly to the daily tea party ritual and entertained thousands of visitors. This famous four featured in tea parties until the Zoo put an end to this primarily visitor-focused activity in 1964. By this stage, attitudes to animals in captivity were beginning to change. Janie is the last remaining of the group known as the "tea party chimps". You can visit her at the Zoo, where she is one of the oldest and much-loved members of the Zoo family.

Hours of work

During summer (1 September to 31 May), Auckland Zoo is open everyday from 9.30am to 5.30pm (except Christmas Day), with last admissions into the Zoo at 4.15pm.

During winter (1 June to 31 August), our hours are 9.30am - 5pm, with last admissions into the Zoo at 4.15pm.

The Zoo is available for private functions, also runs great events and Safari Nights


10 Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland

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