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We are getting fantastic feedback about our new off-road tractor-trailer rides, so much, in fact, that we have decided to continue to offer them ABSOLUTELY FREE to all our visitors until further notice!!

That means that everyone visitiing at weekends or during school holidays gets a free tractor-trailer ride on us!

Simply too generous, we know!!

See you soon...

(Free rides available weekends & school holidays, weather permitting until further notice).

Rare kid Welcomed...

One of our rare Arapawa island nanny goats has given birth to a healthy kid.  

Thought to number less than 400 worldwide, the New Zealand Arapawa goat is one of the rarest goat breeds in the world and critically close to extinction.  Staglands aim is to work towards successfully breeding Arapawa island goats and encourage others to do the same to help maintain the breed.

With the safe arrival of this, our 5th kid, we are well on our way towards achieving this goal.
Meet the happy family at The Settlement Stables.

Toe Toe Aviary In-house hairdressers...

Next time you visit make sure you walk through the Toe Toe Aviary where you may be lucky enough to experience a personal hair grooming session from one of our rainbow lorikeets or Bruce the Cockatoo.  

Recent arrivals to the aviary these cheeky characters are very friendly indeed - hold onto your hats!

Whio Aviary Upgrade

Proceeds from Wellington Open Day donations are going towards upgrading our Whio Aviary. We have wasted no time in getting started, with work already underway…

Apologies for any disruptions this may cause. Our Whio (and hopefully our visitors!) should be very pleased with the results.

Hakuna Matata

Our kune kune piglets have been named – Hakuna & Matata – which means 'don't worry, be happy' in Swahili - very fitting for our little sisters!

Congratulations to Tania Evans, winner of our naming competition.

Say hello to Hakuna & Matata when you next visit – you'll find them free roaming around The Reserve.

Qualmark Accredited
We are the proud recipients of a Qualmark quality assurance award - New Zealand tourism's official mark of quality.

Qualmark is New Zealand tourism’s official quality assurance organisation, providing a trusted guide to quality travel experiences. Any business displaying the Qualmark symbol has met stringent quality standards and environmental criteria.

Latest winner of our photo competition

CONGRATULATIONS to Carolyn Hepworth winner of our latest photo competition, with this awesome photo of our twin arapawa lambs being caught short.

Carolyn has won herself a Staglander Family Pass valued at $140!

TripAdvisor Award 2014

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

We are excited to announce that Staglands are the proud 2014 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

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

Feed Me...

If you want to hear more about some of the animals at Staglands and have a go at feeding them, join one of our lunch time feed tours.

Tours run daily.  Meet at the cafe at 12.45pm

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
  • Get off the beaten track with our brand new off-road tractor-trailer rides!
  • New arrival - rare arapawa island kid goat born end Oct 2014
  • Blue duck aviary upgrade underway - many thanks for all Wellington Open Day donations towards this development.
  • Very friendly rainbow lorikeets in Toe Toe Aviary - experience their unique hair grooming service!
  • Meet our new calf in The Croft
  • Weather permitting,off road tractor trailer rides at weekends and during the school holidays
  • Lunchtime feed tours daily at 12.45pm

(last updated Nov 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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