A fantastic day out year round, Butterfly Creek is home to NZ’s only giant saltwater crocodiles, Scar and Goldie, plus the Tropical Butterfly House which features over 750 free-flying exotic butterflies, as well as tropical fish, bird and lizards. Be amazed at our brand new exhibit - Dinosaur Kingdom, featuring over 40 dinosaurs, some lifesize that roar and move! You will have the chance to see alligators and monkeys plus visit Buttermilk Farm, a petting zoo where children come up close to favourite farmyard animals like kunekune pigs, alpacas and cockatoos. Or you can climb aboard the Red Admiral Express, the miniature train, to ride around Butterfly Creek. With an entertaining playground for the kids and the Papillion café and bar providing breakfast, lunch and a kids' menu, Butterfly Creek offers the best family day out by a long shot!
Latest Exhibit – Mythic Creatures
Butterfly Creek is alive with Mythic Creatures!
Head to Butterfly Creek these holidays to see some of the world’s most fantastical legends come to life. Take a walk around the park and find Dragons, Unicorns, Serpents, Aliens, magical Mermaids, the mythical Kraken and many more amazing creatures.
Like Dinosaur Kingdom, many of the creatures are life-sized & some even move & make sounds! It’s a very magical experience for children and adults as you wander around Butterfly Creek. The new exhibit is included in the current All Attractions pass, so there is no extra cost to visitors.
There are many exciting encounters to experience at Butterfly Creek. Select from the list below to learn about what each involves and how you can experience these firsthand today.
Crocodiles - home to NZ's only giant salt water crocodiles. Our fantastic Crocodile encounters happen every day at 1pm. Come along and see the keepers interact with our 2 huge salt-water crocs, Scar & Goldie.
Dinosaur Kingdom - Dinosaur Kingdom features over 40 dinosaurs! Some are life size that roar and move; the kids will love them and learn a lot about these prehistoric predators.
Butterfly House - Australasia's premier butterfly house, featuring over 750 free-flying tropical butterflies.
"Green Fingers" bugs about - Tarantulas, Giant Weta, Cockroaches and many more - get up close to this fascinating collection of creepy crawlies.
Buttermilk Farm - a highly interactive farmyard that provides a great chance for the little kids, (and the big kids at heart) to come up close to their favourite farmyard animals.
Aquarium - an aquarium area with NZ's largest range of tropical fresh-water fish and NZ’s largest marine coral aquaria – both teeming with a wide variety of fascinating fish.
Reptiles - Blue Tongue Lizard, Long Neck Turtle, Bearded Dragon & Red eared Turtle.
NEW! Mythic Creatures - dragons, unicorns, serpents and more...
Junior Keeper - do you love animals and want to learn more about caring for them? Or ever dreamed of being a zookeeper? Check out how you can get involved in Butterfly Creek's Zoo Keeper programme for a day.
Train - the train circulates Butterfly Creek and is thoroughly enjoyed by little ones! Hear it toot as it passes through the tunnel. The train is a separate attraction. Departs every half hour on weekends starting at 10.15am, and every hour on weekdays, starting at 10.45am.
Butterfly Creek Encounters
Every day of the year we operate encounters with our animals so you can get up close and personal with them! Our popular Crocodile show happens every day at 1pm. Come along and see the keepers interact with one of our 2 huge salt-water crocs – Scar & Goldie.
For a current time-table of Butterfly Creek Encounters, please click here.
All encounter times are subject to change.
Please note the Crocodile show does not involve feeding in every show.
We are open every day of the year except Christmas and Boxing Day.
April - October
9.30am to 5.00pm with last entry at 4.00pm.
November - March
Monday – Friday (term time) 9.30am to 5.00pm with last entry at 4.00pm.
Weekends, School & Public Holidays
9.00am to 5.30pm with last entry at 4.30pm.
Want to know your way around before you visit. Click here for a detailed map of Butterfly Creek.
Cafe & Playground
Papillon Café enjoys a unique, vibrant setting, with excellent indoor/outdoor flow on to the courtyard and playground areas. It is a great place to meet friends and family in the weekend. Enjoy the view from the café’s sunny deck, or you can enjoy the outside courtyard facing the wonderful children’s playground.
We have a dedicated parents room located right next to Curly’s playground. A quiet spot to feed or change nappies.
To host your next birthday party at Butterfly Creek click here for further information. We have two party options to choose from, the Butterfly or T-Rex package.
School Holiday Programmes
A great destination for holiday programmes, for more information and details along with pricing and booking form click here.