Staglands Wildlife Reserve and Cafe
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. For more information on activities for children at Staglands Wildlife Reserve click here.
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. 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 12.45pm.
Tractor-Trailer Rides - Get off the beaten track at Staglands with free off-road tractor-trailer rides.
Children's Birthday Parties
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 $66)
- A personalised balloon
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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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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