Connect with nature

Opening Hours

We are open every day, including all public holidays, except Christmas Day 

Wildlife Reserve: 9:30am – 5.00pm
Staglands Café: 10:00am – 4:30pm

No pre-booking is necessary.

There is no public holiday surcharge in either the Reserve or Café.

Last admission is at 5pm however visitors can remain on-site until 6pm when we close the gates.


Adults: $27.00 (17 Years & Over)
Children: $12.00 (4 - 16 years)
Three Years & Under: No Charge
Family Pass: $78.00 (2 Adults & Up To 3 Children)
Senior Citizens & Students: $22.00

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2362 Akatarawa Road,
Upper Hutt, Wellington

Staglands Wildlife Reserve is nestled in Akatarawa Valley, a perfect day trip destination less than an hours’ drive from Wellington City. Staglands can be accessed from Kapiti or the Hutt Valley main state highways, with the Hutt Valley being the easier route.


Connect with Nature

Staglands Wildlife Reserve & Cafe offers visitors the unique and exciting opportunity to connect with nature in a beautiful, natural environment. Feed and freely interact with wildlife in this very special place — the product of one man’s passion and vision to experience nature at its best. Located in the scenic Akatarawa Valley near Upper Hutt, Wellington, Staglands is a ‘must see’ attraction for local families and tourists visiting the Wellington region. Looking for things to do in Wellington, look no further.

Mad for Marshmallows

We've gone Mad for Marshmallows again!

Our yummy winter marshmallows are back and for a limited period only, during the July School Holidays, we will be giving them away FREE to all visitors!

Toast your own on the cosy Barn campfire and enjoy some wild cooking in the great outdoors.

Plan Your Visit

Our Reserve is open every day from 9.30am until 5pm and our Café from 10.00am until 4.30pm.

No pre-booking is necessary.

For prices, directions and everything else you need to plan your visit read on.

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Enjoy tempting home-made treats complimented with fresh coffee, or order a light café lunch from the menu. The Café is fully licensed so you can purchase a beer or wine or choose from a selection of cold non-alcoholic beverages. There’s something for the whole family.

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Explore Staglands

Staglands Wildlife Reserve offers an exciting day out for anyone visiting the Wellington region. Connect with the friendly animals, native birds and its natural beauty as you journey around this unique reserve!

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Venues & Events

Learn more about our unique venue options for your school and group visits. We also have exciting wedding, birthday and Christmas party packages on offer at Staglands Wildlife Reserve for your special event.

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Conservation at Staglands

Staglands Wildlife Reserve plays a big part in conservation work with its whio captive breeding program.

Learn how you can contribute as a visitor or partner with us in our conservation efforts.

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Donate to Staglands

We rely entirely on our income from visitors to fund Staglands & have done so for almost 50 years. We receive no council funding.

Donations will help us continue to meet the ongoing costs of food and care for our birds & animals.

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One of the best places to go around Wellington, especially with kids! Lovely, very friendly and funny animals, beautiful surroundings. For the 3+ hours we spent there, we smiled and laughed as much as for the previous week? month? :-) Little historical area within the reserve is another remarkable spot.

Alexey Volkov

The staff are very welcoming. The animals were super interactive, sometimes to an amusing extent (being followed by a guinea fowl horde was hilarious). The place is huge, and I think we saw about 98% of it. A beautiful array of feathered friends, fish and furry creatures. Was definitely worth the drive. I'll pop by next time I visit NZ.

Nowhere Town

Enjoyed wandering through and petting the animals. Great for a family visit, lots of good picnic spots if you don't want to go to the cafe.

Thomas Beagle

100% recommend !!!! You get to pet a lot of animals ! I was hoping the pigs to be roaming around the grass area, but I was still able to pet them over the fence. It’s a huge reserve and got space to do picnics ! I would recommend giving yourself at least 3 hours to see everything ! They got other attractions like a train tour and apparently weddings too. You can walk along the river and feed trouts at the pond. A lot of birds just walking about so won’t recommend if you’re afraid of birds. 

Dana Young

"Easy way to fill in a fun filled day with the children. Awesome set up, reasonable price, and can take your own lunch or eat in the Cafe. Perfect!"

Emma McGregor

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