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Listen out for our new radio ads - on air now...

You can hear them on ZM, Classic Hits, Newstalk ZB, Radio Hauraki and Coast or

click here to listen to them now!

We hope you enjoy them - your feedback is very welcome.

Kids ½ price at Staglands weekdays of April school holidays

Staglands fantastic school holiday special is back! All kids get ½ price entry on weekdays of the April school holidays.

Make the most of warm autumn weather, gather your friends and family and connect with nature at Staglands.

Offer valid: 9.30am – 5pm weekdays of April school holidays

Children 3 and under FREE
Children $4 (aged 4 - 15 years)
Adults $20

(Note: offer not available on weekends and public holidays (Good Friday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day) or in conjunction with any other special group rate or offer).

Little Pigs...

Stella and Nora, our new kune kune piglets, recently joined us, and are just adorable

Meet them at The Stables where they are currently tucked up and look out for them in due course free roaming around The Reserve!


TripAdvisor Award 2013

TripAdvisor is the world's largest travel site, offering trusted advice from real travellers.

We are excited to announce that Staglands are the proud 2013 winners of one of their prestigious Certificates of Excellence.

This Certificate honours businesses that consistently earn top ratings from TripAdvisor travellers. ''With a rating of 4.5 Staglands Wildlife Reserve has earned a place among the very best''

If you have visited recently and would like to write a review, please click on the trip advisor link on the left. We would welcome your feedback

Become a Staglander

With a Staglander Pass you pay just once! Enjoy unlimited visits to your favourite wildlife reserve, as often as you like, for a whole 12 months.

Adult, child and family Staglander Passes available - they make a perfect gift!

Click here to purchase online or ask at the ticket office next time you visit.

(Staglander Pass was formally known as an Annual Pass. Please note that they are not transferable and are valid for the named person only).

Latest Stag Rag

The latest edition of our email newsletter 'The Stag Rag' is now available, click here to view a pdf copy. Alternatively to ensure you are kept up to date on upandcoming offers and what's new at Staglands you can subscribe by completing the contact us form and ticking the box on the form.

Radio New Zealand National - Country Life interview....

Just in case you missed the fascinating interview with Staglands owners John Simister and Sarah Purdy which aired on 14th December 2012, you can listen to it by clicking here

Visitor Opinion Survey

We'd like to thank everyone who took the time to complete our online visitor opinion survey.

We had an overwhelming response and are currently analysing the results.  We plan to share some of the learning with you in due course.

Congratulations to Stefanie Dixon who has been drawn as the winner of our Staglander Family Pass.

Latest winner of our photo competition

Congratulations to Zhanna Yasinetskaya who is the Jan -Mar photo competition winner with this gorgeous photo of 'Spud' our kune kune boar enjoying some tasty treats.

Zhanna won a Staglander Family Pass to Staglands

Jock the Gigantic!

We are very excited to share the news of the arrival of a new giant at Staglands. Jock, our new Clydesdale horse will replace Ben our long term resident Clydesdale who passed away unexpectedly at the end of May. We hope that his arrival will go some way towards filling the void left by the passing of Ben who has been sorely missed. Although already a magnificent beast, as a rising 3 year old, Jock still has some growing and maturing to do. We will be working carefully with him over the coming months to ensure that he settles comfortably into life at Staglands.

Meet Jock at the stables where he is settling in alongside Daphne the donkey.

Sad end for baby bunnies mothered by bantam hen
Dominion Post Article 29 Jan 2011
Paul Easton

It was a cute tale that made the news around the world, but it has ended sadly after the five baby bunnies adopted by a chicken all died.

The silkie bantam hen got global media attention after she became a surrogate parent to her unlikely brood, at Staglands Wildlife Reserve near Upper Hutt. The inter-species family made the news in the United States, Brazil and Australia.

Read the full story

TV ONE News 20 Jan 2011
Hen becomes surrogate mum to baby rabbits
A silky bantam hen has become a surrogate mother to four baby rabbits in Upper Hutt.

Dominion Post article 21 Jan 2011
Five Bantam bunnies the apple of mum's eye
A clucky hen at a wildlife park near Upper Hutt has taken an unlikely brood under her wing – five baby bunnies.

Staglands Snippets
  • Thanks to everyone who took part in our online visitor opinion survey - Congratulations Stefanie Dixon, winner of the draw. 
  • Meet new arrivals - Stella & Nora the kune kune piglets down at The Stables
  • Meet our new California quail in The Secret Garden
  • Extended summer has resulted in some peafowl clutches hatching 3 months later than normal!
  • Weather permitting, donkey cart rides at weekends and during the school holidays

(last updated April 2014)

The Stag Rag
This is Staglands e-newsletter where we keep you up-to-date on what’s new at Staglands and some of the special offers we have available. To subscribe please complete the contact us form and tick the box on the form to receive further updates.


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