Wellington, North Island

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Meet the Kune Kune Pigs at Staglands Wildlife Reserve

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Brilliantly coloured birds are to be discovered at the exciting, walk-through Toe Toe aviary.

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Meet our littliest friends at Staglands Wildlife Reserve!

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Peacocks hanging out at Staglands

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Meet the Kune Kune Pigs at Staglands Wildlife Reserve

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Lots of space to explore at Staglands Wildlife Reserve

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Visit the Deer Park and Croft at Staglands

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Staglands Wildlife Reserve

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Weekends, school holidays and public holidays visitors can get off the beaten track at Staglands with FREE off-road tractor-trailer rides.

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Meet our adorable kune kune pigs!

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Marvel at the magnificent Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and gigantic slippery eels in their deep pool.

Staglands Wildlife Reserve and Cafe

Connect with Nature!

Located in the Akatarawa Valley near Upper Hutt, Wellington, here you can feed and freely interact with wildlife with highlights including native & exotic walk-through bird aviaries, a secret garden, the trout and eel pool, the deer park, forest wetlands, the stables, the old bush settlement, and so much more!

Activities for Children

Activity sheets, treasure hunt maps, spot the difference, free off-road tractor trailer rides, lunchtime feed tours, kids corner, toasting marshmallows - we have all this and more to keep the kids engaged and entertained. 

Kids will delight each and every time they visit, plus there are fantastic options for hosting your child's next birthday party (see below).

Forest Wetlands - A wide range of native and introduced waterfowl freely roam around this area.
The Stables - Meet our enormous Clydesdale, Jock and the young animals including the loveable kune kune pigs. Also cuddle up to the guinea pigs and rabbits.
Trout & Eel Pool - Purchase some trout food in the ticket office and feed our magnificent rainbow & brown trout and gigantic eels.
Toe Toe Aviary - An exciting walk-through aviary that ignites the senses, it is bursting with a range of brilliantly colourful, chattering birds.
Old Bush Settlement & Tarn - A nostalgic recreation of how pioneers lived during the early settlement of New Zealand.
Deer Park & Croft - Mingle amongst our free roaming fallow deer, friendly goats and emus. Meet our miniature Highland cattle and donkeys
Secret Garden - A magical garden reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, home to some very friendly animals and an enchanting goldfish pond.
Free Lunchtime Feed Tour - Find out more about some of the animals at Staglands by joining one of our free lunch time feed tours which run daily at 12.30pm.
Tractor-Trailer Rides - Get off the beaten track at Staglands with free off-road tractor-trailer rides.

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Kids just love Staglands - and what better way to share it with their friends and family than to celebrate their birthday at the wildest little venue in Wellington?   Our wildlife park provides the best opportunities for memorable photos! Invite the cousins and the grandparents and turn it in to a fun family activity.

Our birthday party package is ideally suited for children from three years to ten years.

Each child will receive -

  • Entry to Staglands and a food bag for the birds and animals
  • Loot Bag full of goodies
  • Free child's pass to Staglands for next time!
  • A Balloon on a stick

The “Birthday Child” will also receive -

  • A free family pass to Staglands (valued at $76)
  • A personalised balloon

Click for more information on Birthday Parties at Staglands Wildlife Reserve!

Staglands Cafe

Enjoy tempting home-made treats complimented with fresh coffee, or order a light café lunch from the menu.   There’s something for the whole family!   The Café can be found at the entrance to Staglands Wildlife Reserve.  The café’s cozy interior features wooden trusses, beams and posts with a large open fire that blazes throughout winter.   Outside there are large decked seating areas set under shady trees with fantastic views of the pond and eclectic birdlife.   Staglands Café is open to the public so anyone can drop by to relax, unwind and enjoy a pleasant break while driving through the valley or after enjoying one of the local bushwalks.
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School Groups

Staglands Wildlife Reserve provides a wonderful educational environment offering fantastic learning opportunities that reflect the new NZ Curriculum and 5 Key Competencies. These experiences cannot be replicated in the classroom. Bookings are essential and it is highly recommended that you book as early as possible to ensure that your preferred date is available.
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Our favourite destinations…


New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!


Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.


With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.


With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.


Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!


Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.