Hamilton Zoo

Hamilton Zoo: Hours, Address, Hamilton Zoo Reviews: 4.5/5

Hamilton Zoo
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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The North Island's largest Zoo is home to over 600 native and exotic animals and set amidst 25ha of lush and tranquil surroundings
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Kiks74
Cairns, Australia88 contributions
Family
Recently visited the zoo. The carpark is under construction and it is a nightmare. There are traffic controllers present but they too dont seem too knowledgeable. As Car 1 was told to park 1 place and Car 2 told to park another.

There is a carpark down the hill, however there is no safe way to walk up the hill to the zoo if there is traffic.

The zoo itself was okay. Quite a few animals missing or unable to be seen.

Id recommend the Auckland Zoo over Hamilton, however if only near Hamiliton Id still suggest going.
Written 11 August 2022
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Meinjean
5 contributions
Couples
What a disappointment . Not much to see and animals looked unwell.
Kids there looked happier playing on swings rather than trying to spot an animal.
Written 25 June 2022
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Shelley M
Albany, New Zealand448 contributions
The car park is under maintenance and will be great when finished, but an absolute shambles at the moment. A nice zoo and looks really natural which mean you have to look for the animals which I prefer, as seems much kinder for the animals and they have a decent amount of space. The set up was a bit weird and quite hilly, but I liked the feel of the place and think it will only get better as they finish the projects. A really nice cafe and playground area. Kids loved the slide by the chimps, though we didnt see the chimps which was a bit disappointing, but we did go later in the day. Think it be a better experience early in the day. Price is a bit expensive for what is currently available.
Written 29 April 2022
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Maureen A
Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand23 contributions
Family
Really disappointed
We were told it was an international level zoo. There were lots of animals not available. It’s really hilly so if you had an older person with you they would struggle. Very expensive much more expensive then the Auckland zoo. Certainly won’t go back
Written 6 March 2022
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Carol
2 contributions
Family
Took grandkids yesterday .great experience.loved all the picnic tables and the setout .changed since I was last there .ofcourse the monkeys were our favourite.only the gorillas decided not to make an appearance.jyst a perfect day .thoroughly reccomend.
Written 9 November 2021
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katherine
Hamilton, New Zealand1 contribution
Family
I've been here several times with my children over the years and in recent visits I feel disappointed the place just seems to be a big mess. feel like more than half of the enclosures were empty, the animals I did see just looked depressed and so many things that made it a cool zoo to visit just aren't there anymore. After my last visit with my daughters kindy I wouldn't pay the full price they are asking with how it is at the moment its just a waste.
Written 10 June 2021
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Rina F
Timaru, New Zealand32 contributions
I wouldn't go here again. None of the animals looked happy or had enough to do. I had tears in my eyes at the sight of some of them. They all looked completely bored.
Written 17 May 2021
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Donna M
Auckland, New Zealand37 contributions
Only negative was the service at the cafe which was grindingly slow due to their not being enough staff. Not the fault of the one girl who was trying to take the orders, make the coffee and the ice cream cones on a very busy first day of the school holidays.
Written 2 May 2021
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Mark Alviola
Auckland, New Zealand7 contributions
Couples
Such a lovely place and a diverse range of animal species. Friendly staff. You’ll definitely enjoy the experience. 💙💚❤️
Written 7 February 2021
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Kiwigirl300zx
2 contributions
Family
Considering how much or the Zoo is under construction there should definitely be some sort of discount.
Can't believe I paid that much to see what I could count on one hand that I wouldn't be able to see at a farm.

Not impressed at all with our experience there.
Written 1 February 2021
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  • Sun - Sat 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM


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