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Auckland Zoo
This is the best chance to spot a real Kiwi, the native bird that is, although as it is nocturnal it is sometimes hard to spot. A highlight of this zoo is the natural habitats provided for the animals and the excellent breeding programs conducted here. There is a pridelands area where the wild animals appear to be roaming free, as well as a rainforest walk that has plenty of mischievous monkeys.

The Zoo is in Western Springs, to the north-west of the city centre, near the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT). A tram service runs to it from MOTAT.The zoo is located in Western Springs, 4km west of Auckland at Motions Road.

Butterfly Creek
A tropical Butterfly House where you can get close to Butterflies. The Red Admiral Express train travels around Butterfly Creek. Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland International Airport (09 275 8880).

Dolphin and Whale Watching
Whale watching and dolphin viewing is a popular pastime for tourists to Auckland, and the Hauraki Gulf is the best place to view these marine mammals. The Dolphin Explorer does five hour cruises and they guarantee dolphin viewing, there is an opportunity to swim with the dolphins and whales are often sighted on the tour as well (09 357 6032).

SheepWorld Farm and Nature Park
ShhepWolrd is set in 30 acres and provides a range of rural and natural attractions with farm animals and sheep dog shows. 4kms north of Warkworth (09 425 7444).

Underwater World
This aquarium located at Okahu Bay opened in 1985. It is one of the first aquariums to have opened with walk through clear tunnels to optimize the viewing area. It is a great chance to view the Southern Ocean's sea life, and there are many other sea creatures for all over the world here as well. Also located here is the Antarctic Encounter which traces the historical background of that area as well as having a penguin atrium. 23 Tamaki Drive.


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