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Off the beaten track...

Make sure you visit us these October school holidays as we are unleashing our brand new attraction – off-road tractor-trailer rides!

Everyone visiting The Reserve between the 27th September and 12th October will be given the opportunity to sample our new ride completely free of charge*

(*free rides available October school holidays only unless cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Additional charge applies at other times).

Become a Staglander - Spring Special - 20% OFF!

Become a Staglander and enjoy 20% off the normal retail price. Save money and enjoy unlimited visits to Staglands for 12 months...
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.

(Please note that Staglander Pass (formally known as Annual Passes) are non-transferable and are valid for the named person only).

 
Rare twins born...
Sarah, one of our rare Arapawa Island nanny goats is the very proud mamma of twin kids, Charlotte & Tory born on the 17th May. All are doing very well. Meet them at The Settlement where they are out and about exploring all the nooks and crannies! 

Their mother came to Staglands in 2013 together with 5 other goats that had been captured by DOC from their island home in the Marlborough Sounds, as part of an initiative set up to help preserve the breed.

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 these, our second set of twin kids, we are well on our way towards achieving this goal.

 
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.

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 Hugh Hutchison, who is our April - June photo competition winner, with this gorgeous photo of our rainbow lorikeet doing some personal grooming!.

Hugh has won himself 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





Spring Arrivals

Spring officially arrived on the 1st Sept, but the lovely animals at Staglands appear to have made a head start.

We have recently welcomed kune kune piglets, lambs and goat kids into the fold as well as numerous ducklings.

Come say hello to our delightful new arrivals and be charmed...


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.

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Staglands Snippets
  • Get off the beaten track with our brand new off-road tractor-trailer rides!
  • 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 Spring arrivals - piglets, lambs, kids and ducklings galore
  • Weather permitting, donkey cart rides at weekends and during the school holidays
  • Lunchtime feed tours daily at 12.45pm

(last updated Sept 2014)

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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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Staglands

Akatarawa Valley
RD2
Upper Hutt
Wellington

Ph: 04 526 7529

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