Staglands Wildlife Reserve
Staglands Wildlife Reserve
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Staglands Wildlife Reserve & Cafe is less than an hour from Wellington and a 'must see' attraction for anyone either living in or visiting Wellington. Staglands offers a unique experience for people of all ages to feed and freely interact with a wide range of native and exotic birds and animals in an environment that has been created with nature's materials. Open daily 9:30am-5pm. Adults $24, Children $12 (3 and under no charge)
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Crazyfornewzealand
    Palmerston North, New Zealand107 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool place to take the kids
    Great nature place to take your children, road in is terrible and the locals drive very speedy but once you are there it is very cool, you can feed birds etc and trout. Has always baffled me though that the cafe does not cater well with meal options for kids apart from hot chips, considering most of us go there because of our kids. My burger this time unfortunately had a dry stale bun.
    Thanks for reviewing us. We will make sure we follow up on your comments re: the cafe.
    Written 12 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 October 2023
  • LilChicken1979
    Wellington, New Zealand36 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out for the family
    As a birthday treat me and the family took a trip out to Staglands and to never fails to deliver. The animals and village are an equal attraction and never get stale. A great day out for the family and excellent customer service at the desk and cafë, A particular highlight was roasting the marshmallows on the ‘bonfire’ followed by the tractor ride. The only thing we do miss is the rabbits in the secret garden and sometimes the deers aren’t roaming free, other than that, a perfect family experience for the animal lover.
    Thank you for reviewing us. There are Flemish giant rabbits in the Secret Garden and our deer are always free roaming. Perhaps they weren't feeling too sociable on the day in question. We hope to see you again!
    Written 12 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 October 2023
  • Linda M
    Raumati Beach, New Zealand14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Trip with the grandchild
    Staglands is a fabulous place. I last visited about 8 years ago and since then it has developed much more. The animals are healthy and relaxed. Their yards are clean. It’s a great time of year to visit. We saw very young pigs let’s and ducklings. Some animals mix together. The walks are tranquil and beautiful with a mixture of native bush and exotic plants. The facilities are good including a cafe.
    Thanks for your 5* rating, we hope you can visit again soon with your grandchild.
    Written 12 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 November 2023
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kriskris83
Wellington, New Zealand99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Love this place more than the zoo. Nice little atmosphere the kids have so much fun here. And they do season passes which is great
Written 15 March 2024
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Thanks for your 5* review. So pleased to hear you love us more than the zoo :) We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Written 16 April 2024
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Deborah W
Wellington, New Zealand10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Relaxed and friendly animals greet you. I always buy the little bag of food. My favourite is the KEA and the deer. For a real animal experience that’s as close to nature as you can get this is always my choice.
Written 29 January 2024
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Thanks for your 5* rating, we hope to see you again soon!
Written 12 February 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Linda M
Raumati Beach, New Zealand14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Staglands is a fabulous place. I last visited about 8 years ago and since then it has developed much more. The animals are healthy and relaxed. Their yards are clean. It’s a great time of year to visit. We saw very young pigs let’s and ducklings. Some animals mix together. The walks are tranquil and beautiful with a mixture of native bush and exotic plants. The facilities are good including a cafe.
Written 11 November 2023
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Thanks for your 5* rating, we hope you can visit again soon with your grandchild.
Written 12 February 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

LilChicken1979
Wellington, New Zealand36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
As a birthday treat me and the family took a trip out to Staglands and to never fails to deliver. The animals and village are an equal attraction and never get stale.

A great day out for the family and excellent customer service at the desk and cafë, A particular highlight was roasting the marshmallows on the ‘bonfire’ followed by the tractor ride.

The only thing we do miss is the rabbits in the secret garden and sometimes the deers aren’t roaming free, other than that, a perfect family experience for the animal lover.
Written 27 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for reviewing us. There are Flemish giant rabbits in the Secret Garden and our deer are always free roaming. Perhaps they weren't feeling too sociable on the day in question. We hope to see you again!
Written 12 February 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Crazyfornewzealand
Palmerston North, New Zealand107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Great nature place to take your children, road in is terrible and the locals drive very speedy but once you are there it is very cool, you can feed birds etc and trout. Has always baffled me though that the cafe does not cater well with meal options for kids apart from hot chips, considering most of us go there because of our kids. My burger this time unfortunately had a dry stale bun.
Written 24 October 2023
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Thanks for reviewing us. We will make sure we follow up on your comments re: the cafe.
Written 12 February 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Prabzy
Frisco, TX6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Was a fun day outing with young kids. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Right in the middle of the nature was a great location. They had an on-site cafe with good options for food and beverages.
Written 17 July 2023
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Thanks for your 5* review. So pleased to hear you thoroughly enjoyed Staglands. We hope you can come again!
Written 17 July 2023
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Tasman Travels
145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We visited Staglands just a couple of days ago and it was EPIC!!!!!! So nicely set up and looked after and even better than we expected!! Easy to follow tracks around the beautiful area, and lovely, healthy looking happy animals to interact with and enjoy. We spent a good hour or so wondering around and would highly recommend a visit! Thanks Sarah and the team for making our visit so easy!
Written 13 May 2023
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Thanks for your fandabbydozy feedback! So pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. Please come again soon!
Written 17 May 2023
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JayneParker
Wellington, New Zealand9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Staglands was amazing. So cool with all the animals. The coffee was really not good; milk tasted off. Service was lovely though.
Written 12 May 2023
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Thanks for reviewing us. Glad to hear you thought Staglands was amazing. Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your coffee. I will be sure to give our cafe staff your feedback.
Written 17 May 2023
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Lay
Singapore, Singapore133 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
It’s a little wildlife sanctuary where kids and adults alike can enjoy. They few several animals you can encounter and feed. The view of the mountain side is stunning. There is also river crossing the property, and there are picnic areas where you can just chill and enjoy with your family while hearing then river flows. They have a considerable amount of deers and sheep at the other end of the property and you can claim up that mountain side to have a closer encounter with the deers. They also have a cafe but closes early. The drive up to the property is curvy so be careful.
Written 13 March 2023
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Thanks for reviewing us. Glad to hear you enjoyed Staglands. Hope you can visit again soon!
Written 17 May 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Mercurysfire
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
It was chilly and rainy the day we decided to make this trip and I LOVED IT. The drive up the mountain is a little hairy with the narrow twisty road, but so beautiful. The staff on duty were incredibly nice and so warm. The food was good and the coffee warmed us right up in time to go wander around looking at the birds and animals. The stags were my favorite and well worth the walk, but the ducks were really cute too. We never found the trout pond but were kind of soggy and cold so we gave up.
Written 3 March 2023
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Thanks for your 5* review and awesome feedback So pleased you decided to visit us. Please come again when the weather is warmer!
Written 17 May 2023
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