What's On

Moreish Marshmallows

Winter has well and truly arrived, and with it, our moreish marshmallows!

Come and toast your own on The Barn campfire this weekend!

Available to buy now at the Ticket Office

Whirinaki Whare Taonga Exhibition

We are celebrating 50 Years of Staglands with an Exhibition at Whirinaki Whare Taonga which will run from 30th July until 25th September.

Make sure you take some time to check it out, with 50 years of memories being shared there promises to be something for everyone to enjoy.


What’s on at Staglands

There’s always lots on at Staglands! Read on to find out more about our latest news and offers activities for children, photo competition and more.

Activities for Children

Let their imagination run wild at Staglands Wildlife Reserve.

Clamber aboard John's old landrover Larry, Fergie the tractor and our static steam engine, The Flying Stag for some make believe fun.

Have fun exploring all the exciting nooks and crannies of The Old Bush Settlement and have a ride on The Bush Railway.

Burn off some energy on the Kids Corner rope swing. The deep, slow-moving river is also perfect for a cooling summer dip. And in the cooler months we sell marshmallows for toasting on the cosy campfire down by The Barn - always popular with children - make sure they don't miss out on this fun activity!

Free Lunchtime Feed Tour

If you want to hear more about some of the birds & animals at Staglands and have a go at feeding them, join our free Lunchtime Feed Tour.

Tour runs daily and runs for approximately 20 minutes.

Help our knowledgeable Ranger feed our mischievous kea, gigantic native eel and comical slider turtles.

At certain times of year you may also have the opportunity to bottle feed a calf or lamb.

Ask at The Ticket Office for more information. Meet at The Cafe at 12.45pm.

Free Tractor-Trailer Rides

Weekends, school holidays and public holidays get off the beaten track at Staglands with FREE off-road tractor-trailer rides, with ‘Orange’ the tractor.

The ride includes two river crossings and is thrilling for both children and adults alike.

The covered wooden trailer, with a seating capacity of up to 20, was designed and handcrafted by the Staglands team.

Free rides are available for all visitors and run from 11.30am to 3.30pm on weekends and public holidays (circumstances allowing).

Contact us for more information.

Click here to Watch Staglands Tractor-Trailer Rides Video in our Video Gallery

Junior Ranger Experience

Give your young animal lover the unforgettable gift of working with animals!

The Junior Ranger experience offers a hands-on, behind the scenes view of what’s involved in looking after the animals at Staglands Wildlife Reserve. Junior Rangers will get free entry into Staglands for themselves plus one accompanying adult, before exploring The Reserve in a one-to-one 2 hour session with a Park Ranger More Information:

Suitable for children aged 7 – 13 years. Must be accompanied by one adult who can enter for free.

Available daily from 2.30pm – 4.30pm.

Maximum 4 children per experience

Make their dream come true from just $149 for up to 2 children!

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50 Years Of Staglands Photo Competition

Thank you to everyone who entered our recent '50 Years of Staglands' photo competition. Congratulations to all our prize winners.  We hope you enjoy this selection from entries received.

Congratulations to our first prize winners, The Van Driel family
, who submitted this photo in memory of their father Pieter van Driel. It was taken by him circa 1974/75 and features his wife Maria alongside Anthony and Ray, two of their 3 sons. All the jerseys being worn were knitted out of wool that Maria spun on three old spinning wheels 🤍

Second Prize:
Congratulations also to our runner up Fiona Bray with this family classic from one of their many visits as children taken in  January 1979. The family always brought visitors to Staglands, and used to pose by the bank as their Dad worked for BNZ. 

These photos will feature in our up-and-coming exhibition at Whirinaki Whare Taonga which runs from 30th July - 25th September.

Congratulations to our 3 Bonus Prize Winners: Katy Evans, Sue Bradshaw & Rebecca Roos 

Photo Competition

Congratulations to our latest winner Bianca Rzoska!

A visit to Staglands brings out the budding photographer in all our visitors!

If you have taken some awesome photos, why not enter them in our photo competition?

Photos are judged by the Staglands team every 3 months and winners receive a Staglander family pass valued at $210 to enjoy Staglands Wildlife Reserve throughout the year!

Our winner plus a selection of entries will be displayed in our photo gallery.  

Please click here to email your photo to us together with the following information:

Name and contact phone number of photographer

Name(s) of anyone featured in the photograph

Important note:

All photos entered into the competition will be kept on file and may be used for marketing purposes. If you do not want us to use your photo(s), please let us know when entering the competition. Please let us know if your photo(s) include other people that have not given permission for the photo to be used.

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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Plan Your Visit

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

Cafe Menu   Wine List   Cafe Venue Hire

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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