Hamilton Zoo

Hamilton Zoo is a 25 hectare zoo located on Brymer Road in the Hamilton suburb of Rotokauri.

Giraffes at Hamilton Zoo

Giraffes at Hamilton Zoo

The Zoo is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 9am to 5pm. Last admission is at 3.30pm.

Prices are adults $20, children (3-15) $9, tertiary student, beneficiary, senior citizen $14.50. There are also family pass and annual pass options available as well.

Up close with a chimp

Up close with a chimp

Hamilton Zoo was formed in 1969 as the Hilldale Game Farm by Murray and Gloria Powell. By 1987, the pheasant farm was in financial difficulty and facing closure. The Hamilton City Council brought the zoo and began developing it into what it is today.

There is plenty to see at Hamilton Zoo with over 600 animals. It also boasts the largest walk-through aviary in New Zealand. There is onsite cafe, Flavours, and several picnic and BBQ areas throughout the zoo.

The Zoo offers ‘Meet the Keeper’ talks throughout the day. I attended talks and feedings for the Southern white Rhinoceros, Sumatran Tiger and Chimpanzee.

Southern white rhinos feeding

Southern white rhinos feeding


Sumatran tiger hunting for food

Sumatran Tiger playing in the water

Sumatran tiger playing in the water

Chimp waiting for food

Chimp waiting for food



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