Hamilton Zoo

Lonely Planet review

Hamilton Zoo houses 500-plus species (including NZ's only tapir) and takes part in conservation breeding projects. There are various guided-tour options available, plus daily ‘Meet the Keeper’ talks for interesting insights from the critters’ caregivers. The zoo is 8km from Hamilton city centre: take Norton Rd off Tristram St, then SH23 west towards Raglan, turn right at Newcastle Rd and then left onto Brymer Rd.