Butterfly Creek

Butterfly Creek

http://butterflycreek.co.nz/

Butterfly Creek is a New Zealand owned business and is managed by two of the owners – the married team of John Dowsett and Fiona Turner. The first stage of Butterfly Creek opened in late 2003 and development has continued at a great pace since then.

The Butterfly house

Immerse yourself among the living butterflies, watch them flutter around you and even land on you! Butterflies are attracted to bright colours such as red, blue, orange and surprisingly – white.

We have a daily release of newly hatched butterflies – we give a small talk about them, then you can witness them take their first flight. Some butterflies will fly away instantly, while some will let their wings dry for hours before flying off. Take your time and enjoy.

Dinosaur kingdom

This interactive attraction features amazing indoor displays of dinosaurs, fossils and skeletons and fantastic dinosaur photo opportunities for the whole family. You’ll be amazed!

Our crocs – Scar & Goldie

You can see Scar and Goldie in their awesome enclosure which gives you a real close up view of these impressive beasts.

Even better, you can catch them in action with our keepers at our crocodile show, every day at 1pm.

Greenfingers bugs about

Come and see our fascinating tarantulas, wetas, cockroaches, frogs, locusts and other insects and mini-beasts.

Buttermilk farm

Our highly interactive farmyard is a great chance to get up close with favourite farmyard animals in a safe, clean environment.

Children are allowed to hold and pat the animals – under careful supervision of course.

Aquaria

Kids love spotting Nemo the clownfish (and his dad Marlin) darting in and out of their anemone home, together with Dory and a host of other brilliantly colourful fish species.

Reptiles

We have a range of reptiles for you to meet during our daily encounters – the Inland Bearded Dragon, the Blue Tongue Lizard, Water Dragons, Turtles and Leopard Geckos!

Junior keeper programme

Do you have a child that loves animals and everything about them? Our Junior Keeper programme will leave them buzzing as they spend a day with our Keepers and animals, learning so much about them and getting to do things that only the keepers get to do.

Your child will even join the keepers’ area of the crocodile exhibit during the croc show – you can’t get much closer than that!

Junior keeper runs during school holidays or by special appointment but there must be a minimum of 3 children.

Special & additional needs

Butterfly Creek is a wonderful place to bring people with special and/or additional needs. We are wheelchair-friendly throughout the complex – this includes the train which can accommodate wheelchairs.

Butterfly Creek is easy to navigate around and is not a huge complex, making it easy for toddlers and senior citizens. You can visit Butterfly Creek in an afternoon or morning – a full day is not required to see everything.

Location

We are conveniently situated 20 minutes south of Auckland city and a 10 – 15 minute walk or a 2 minute drive to the Domestic and International airport terminals. We have a large free car park with disabled parking near the entrance.

Bookings are not required to visit Butterfly Creek unless there are over 15 people – please email [email protected] to book. We are open every day of the year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day!

 

Services

  • Dinosaur Kingdom
  • Butterfly House
  • Crocodiles, reptiles, monkeys
  • Aquaria
  • Mini-beasts
  • Interactive farmyard
  • Hands-on interactions with most animals
  • Learning classroom
  • Junior Keeper programme
  • Children’s train
  • Toilets & parents room
  • Access for wheelchairs, walkers, strollers & double buggies
  • Café & ice cream parlour
  • Free playground
  • Free parking
  • Birthday & Christmas parties
  • School groups
  • Holiday programmes
  • Gift Vouchers

Services

  • Dinosaur Kingdom
  • Butterfly House
  • Crocodiles, reptiles, monkeys
  • Aquaria
  • Mini-beasts
  • Interactive farmyard
  • Hands-on interactions with most animals
  • Learning classroom
  • Junior Keeper programme
  • Children’s train
  • Toilets & parents room
  • Access for wheelchairs, walkers, strollers & double buggies
  • Café & ice cream parlour
  • Free playground
  • Free parking
  • Birthday & Christmas parties
  • School groups
  • Holiday programmes
  • Gift Vouchers

“Highly recommend to everyone. My granddaughter and in fact all of us had a good time petting animals, very hands on experience. Goats, even chickens and rabbits are all very friendly. Butterfly area is pretty cool.”

“What a great find! Great seeing the butterflies, crocs, farm animals and so much more. The café was great – food was presented nicely and the coffee was great. We will go back with my brother and his children.”

“The new Dinosaur Kingdom at Butterfly Creek is amazing, the kids loved it and there just isn’t else like it in New Zealand that I have seen or heard about. The train trip is a must too as there is loads of dinosaurs for the kids to view that you can’t view in the actual kingdom.”

“Consistently great experiences. Every time we visit there is something new, but always the same great service, farmyard experience and gorgeous butterflies!”