Suitable for all ages
Don’t be fooled into thinking this place is just about butterflies – it isn’t! There’s also farm animals, a dinosaur kingdom, the Aquaria (2 big tanks, one with fresh water fish the other with tropical fish), crocodiles and bugs as well as the butterfly house!!
It’s worth checking out the map here and deciding which parts you want to do BEFORE you go, as there are various ticket options available depending on what you want to visit. You might also need to consider what the weather is like for your visit as the dinosaur kingdom won’t be much fun in pouring rain. The farmyard is mostly outside too, although it does have an indoor petting barn which is fine when it’s raining. The different areas are surprisingly small so if you’re limited with time (perhaps you’re visiting before you catch a flight?) you might be able to fit more in than you think. It depends how engaged your child(ren) are likely to be. That said, if you’ve got kids who run through exhibitions, you can go through each section as many times as you want and even leave and come back on the same day.
Most of the areas are interactive whether it’s butterflies landing on you in the butterfly house or holding and patting the farmyard animals. There are different ‘encounter’ times listed here which is when certain animals are brought out of their enclosures so you can see them up close and ask the keepers questions. There’s also a daily crocodile show.
The onsite cafe comes as recommended and is right next to the playground (slides, a tunnel, monkey bars and platforms to climb onto – mostly suited to kids unto about 6 years).
The train ride is popular especially with younger kids but it’s a good idea to check the departure times (every half hour) so that you can factor this into your trip and not miss it if it’s very busy. Train rides are an added extra on all tickets.
TOP TIP: If it’s raining when you plan to visit, option 3 which includes the butterfly/insects/crocdiles and farmyard animals but not the dinosaurs, might be the best option. If it’s wet, gumboots are a good idea for the farmyard area. ALSO clever marketing means that your kids will be fully aware of the areas that you might not be prepared to pay to go into, so it’s worth talking to your child(ren) about what you will and won’t be visiting before you enter (the dinosaurs can be heard roaring from all outdoor areas for instance!)
Related tagsAuckland, Auckland Airport, Outside, Rainy-day
Tel: 0800 132 101
Address: 10 – 12 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport. It’s a 10-15 minute walk from Auckland Airport. There is a free shuttle operating on an ‘as needed’ basis – just call Butterfly Creek and they’ll come and pick you up (last airport pick up is 4pm).
Open: daily Summer Monday – Friday (term time) 9.30am – 5pm with (last entry 4pm). Weekends, school & public holidays 9am – 5.30pm with last entry at 4.30pm. Winter 9.30am – 5pm (last entry 4pm). Closed Christmas and Boxing Day.
Price: It’s worth checking out the website and working out which parts you want to visit before you go as the prices depend on which areas you want to visit. Please check the full price list here. As a rough guide, Adult prices vary from $13.50 – $28 and Kids (3-15 years) $10 – $16, Kids under 3 are FREE. The cheapest price is for the farm animals only while the most expensive price is for all attractions except the train. Family passes available. Train rides are additional to all ticket types.
TOP TIP: if you’re doing Rocket Ropes on the same day, let the staff here know as climbers get half price entry into Butterfly Creek and you can come and go (on the same day) to fit around your Rocket Rope booking.