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Capybara Encounters

A keeper will guide you into the capybara enclosure where you will be provided with food to hand feed the capybara, take photos & enjoy interacting with these special creatures.  Purchase your encounter from the main entrance or online.


Encounter time is approximately 20 minutes.

Encounter is available to ages 10 and above only.

Maximum of 4 participants.

Covered footwear must be worn.


Price:  $35 adult/$15 child.  Book here.

Animal Feeding

Buy farmyard food, bird food, eel food and fish food to hand-feed the animals and birds.Cost: $3 per bag, $4 per cup


Or watch and learn as our keepers feed:

Eels 12.45pm

Capybara 1.00pm

Gibbons 1.10pm

Lemurs 1.20pm

Keas 1.30pm

Lemur Encounter

This is a great opportunity to get up close to these amazing animals as you enter their enclosure and help the keeper feed the lemurs their lunch. You will learn lots about the lemurs’ natural habitat and behaviour whilst interacting and taking photos with these special primates.

  • Daily at 1.30pm (check-in at 1.15pm)
  • Sensible closed-toe shoes must be worn
  • Encounter lasts approx. 20 minutes
  • Maximum of 6 people per encounter
  • Children 6 – 9 years must have 1 supervising adult per 2 children
  • Children 10 – 15 years must have 1 supervising adult per 4 children
  • Cost: $30 per adult and $15 per child (in addition to entry)
  • Accessibility: Not wheelchair accessible

Bookings essential. Click here to book online

Click here to view full Lemur Encounter Guidelines

Junior Keeper

For children aged 10-14 years who love animals!

School holidays between 10.30am—2.30pm

A behind the scenes experience into life as a Keeper.  Work alongside one of our keepers to help feed and care for our animals.  Be ready to have heaps of fun in a very hands-on way.

Cost: $80 per child, includes lunch and a Willowbank hat

Bookings essential. Click here to book online

Guided Tour

An informative guided tour around our native area including kea, kiwi etc.

  • 45 minutes
  • Cost: $11 per adult, $5 per child (in addition to entry)
  • Minimum 2 adults.
  • Available at 2:15pm or 3:15pm. Bookings essential.
  • Click here to book online




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