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Hamilton Zoo

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Address: 183 Brymer Road | Hamilton, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The North Island's largest Zoo is home to over 600 native and exotic...

The North Island's largest Zoo is home to over 600 native and exotic animals and set amidst 25ha of lush and tranquil surroundings

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Lovely zoo, a decent size. Staff are happy in there work. Can spend whole day with the animals and enjoy lunch at the cafe. Great play area for the kids . Wheelchair friendly

Reviewed 17 January 2017
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5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Lovely zoo, a decent size. Staff are happy in there work. Can spend whole day with the animals and enjoy lunch at the cafe. Great play area for the kids . Wheelchair friendly

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Tutukaka, New Zealand
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Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Friendly staff, beautiful setup, great playground for the kids. Take a picnic and make the most of it.

Thank KiwisonaJourney
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

This is such a great zoo and I love the variety of animals who have huge, spacious enclosures. My favourite would have to be the chimpanzees though, worth a visit just to see them. There's a cafe on site but we always take a picnic and there are heaps of spots all over the zoo to do this.

Thank Margie G
Feilding, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 11 January 2017

Great zoo, well worth a visit! Reasonably priced and the fact that under 3s are free shows how committed they are to the family experience. Well maintained, not overly commercial and super friendly staff. The food in the cafeteria is now 100 times better and reasonably priced as well!

Thank MattMel2011
Hitchin, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

Not wanting to spend hours in the car, we decided to revisit our youth & go to the zoo, so pleased we did !!! We took the advice of the helpful guy at the pay desk & walked anticlockwise around the zoo, which took you to the larger animals first. The set up of the zoo enabled you to be... More 

Thank franahockley
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3 reviews
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Fun for all the family, well laid out and reasonably priced. Our family all enjoyed themselves, and we will be back.

Thank Pixie M
Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Perhaps a poorer cousin to the Auckland zoo, but still worth the visit. Rhinos, tiger, giraffes, chimps, and spider monkeys are the 'headline' animals with the usual pigs, zebra, alpacas, etc as well. Worth a day trip but bring your own picnic as the food options aren't good.

Thank krise582
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Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Worth a visit ! Great layout that loops around making it easy to see all the animals on show. Large amount of Rhinos, even a baby one. Adorable baby chimpanzee and witnessed one of the chimps coming up to the window interacting with a toddler. Some of the enclosures need updating tho. Helpful & knowledgeable staff through your the zoo.

Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

Good size zoo: not too big, not too small. Nice place to spend time with kids. Quite easy to walk around.

Thank Psusist
Tauranga, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

So much work had been done to improve this zoo it is a pleasure to visit. Our 10 year old enjoyed her visit. We spent 3 hours and found it educational and entertaining. The cafe served good food. staff were very informative, friendly and helpful. We will revisit in the future.

Thank Reretro

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