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Hamilton Zoo is open from 9.30am to 4.30pm; last admissions at 3.30pm. The zoo is closed on Christmas Day.


We offer a discounted rate of $6.50 per person (children, teachers and accompanying adults) for pre school groups, available Monday to Friday during the school term. Children under 3 years are free. Please note: Booking must be made in one payment and prices are subject to change.

Group concession applies to groups of 10 or more outside of school term. To receive concession rates, the group total cost has to be paid in one amount; if not, the standard admission cost will apply. Group concession rates are available here. 

Annual memberships, special offers or promotions can not be used in conjunction with a pre-school visit.

Planning your visit

You may like to consider attending our ‘Meet the Keeper’ talks. These are free to the public and keepers will talk about specific animals and are available to answer questions. Check out the schedule so you can plan your day around these.

Once the reception team has received your booking form then we will be able to confirm your booking.

Prior to your visit

We provide free maps at Hamilton Zoo, but we encourage people to use and recycle these. There are also maps situated around the zoo and we suggest that you print off maps if you feel adults require these.

Children under 14 must be supervised at all times. Please ensure there will be adequate supervision; refer to your school's guidelines for appropriate adult/child ratio. The larger the group, the more important it is to ensure there will be adequate supervision for children.

Be familiar with Hamilton Zoo RAMS. Prior to your visit please discuss with the children and accompanying adults behaviour expectations and organisation while at Hamilton Zoo.

First aid supplies are available at Reception. Most Zoo staff are trained to assist with minor medical problems. If someone has an accident or near-miss a zoo accident pack needs to be completed.

Please have a list of all the adults and children in the group as this will be essential in an emergency (e.g. evacuation of the Zoo) in marking everyone off at the assembly point in the car park. We recommend that you also have noted each adult supervisor’s mobile phone number.

Please encourage children to move quietly at a walking pace around the zoo, keeping together and being considerate of other patrons. Running may frighten the animals, and they may hide.

On arrival

Let reception know how your group is made up. Please provide how many:

This information helps the zoo to compile accurate visitor statistics. Payment must be made in one amount to cover all members of the group - by cash, cheque or credit card.

It takes about 2 hours to get around the zoo.

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