Auckland’s Nature and Wildlife

nature and wildlife things to do auckland

Kelly Tarlton’s Antartic Encounter and Underwater World

Kelly Tarltons Antarctic Encounter is home to New Zealand’s only sub-Antarctic penguins. Watch the playful antics and graceful underwater flights of the colony of King and Gentoo penguins before entering into Stingray Bay for a look at the giant stingrays and then into the Underwater World coming face to face with sharks, turtles and other deep sea creatures while on the moving walkway. Enter Fish Alley to see species of New Zealand’s rocky shore and tropical species such as crayfish, seahorses, octopus and eels.

For the more adventurous why not hand-feed the giant stingray or snorkel with the sharks.

Kelly Tarltons

nature and wildlife things to do auckland

Auckland Zoo

Lions, tigers, giraffes, elephants, orangutans, birds, spiders … come and see these and much more at Auckland Zoo which has New Zealand’s largest collection of animals and is recognised as one of the most progressive zoos in the world. A winner of national and international environmental-related awards, it is home to 117 different species and over 700 animals.

Auckland Zoo

nature and wildlife things to do auckland

Auckland Regional Parks

The Auckland region is unrivalled in the number and quality of its parks and beaches. There are more than 4,219 parks covering approximately 16 per cent of the Auckland land area.

Parks and reserves in Auckland provide a vast range of experiences in a unique natural environment which include:

  • walking on sandy beaches or through vast areas of native bush
  • climbing volcanic cones
  • picnicking
  • swimming at beaches
  • playing on playgrounds or at sports fields
  • going camping.

It’s easy to find somewhere different to play, explore and be inspired. Best of all, they cost nothing to visit.

Parks and reserves

nature and wildlife things to do auckland

Butterfly Creek

Butterfly Creek hosts a diverse and exciting range of primarily tropical animal species – and almost entirely undercover. See New Zealand’s only giant saltwater crocodiles, Scar and Goldie, and the magnificent tropical butterfly house with over 750 free-flying tropical butterflies, smaller reptiles and various bird species.

Butterfly Creek

nature and wildlife things to do auckland

Bush and Beach 

Bush and Beach are an award winning small group tour and sightseeing company offering amazing tours of Auckland city, the greater Auckland region and North Island.

Take a full or half day tour to Waitakere Rainforest, Great Barrier Island, Hobbiton Movie Set and local wine tours to Matakana or Kumeu.

Bush and Beach