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VISITOR INFORMATION FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Hamilton Zoo is open from 9am to 5pm; last admissions at 3.30pm.  If you would like your group to arrive earlier than 9am please contact the education team and discuss the options.

Cost

We are a LEOTC provider for the Ministry of Education. We offer a discounted rate of $6.50 per person (students, teachers and accompanying adults) for primary and secondary school learning experiences, available Monday to Friday during the school term. To receive the education rate, payment must be made in one lump sum for the whole group. If not, the standard admission cost will apply. Please note: prices are subject to change.

To qualify for the special LEOTC rate you must:

The group total cost must be paid in one amount. Payment can be made by cash, cheque or credit card (we do not accept American Express or Diners Club) or we are able to invoice your school (we require at least four working days advance notice for this option).

Annual memberships, special offers or promotions can not be used in conjunction with an educational visit.

For non-contact (school teacher led) observation in Zoo grounds normal zoo entry rates will apply.

Planning your visit

The education Team can help you organise your visit to Hamilton Zoo. Please contact us to discuss options to meet your needs and, if you require, organising a teacher pre-visit.

We can assist you in planning your unit. We have a range of resources available. Some of these are available under our here, however we also have other resources and web pages that we can refer you to for more information on your chosen focus. By contacting the education team we can help you decide what will work best for you. 

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 you day around these. Please let the Education Team know if there is a specific 'Meet the Keeper' talk you would like your group to attend. This way we can ensure the keeper is prepared for larger school groups. 

For an additional cost we also offer Eye2Eye encounters. They are keeper-led, behind the scenes encounters were your students will get up close and personal with one of our animals. You can select either our Chimpanzees, Tigers, Lemurs or Rhinos. The cost is $75 for a maximum group five people; additional people at $15 per person. Please let us know at least two-three weeks prior to your visit if you are interested in booking an encounter.

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

Prior to Visit

We do not provide free maps at Hamilton Zoo. There are 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 guidelines for appropriate adult/child ratio.

Be familiar with Hamilton Zoo RAMS. Prior to your visit please discuss with your students 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

Upon arrival we ask that one teacher sees the receptionist to provide them with the final numbers - broken down (this is a ministry requirement) by:

Your educator will meet you at reception. Rather than gathering in the car park, students may be escorted through to the cafe/playground area while one teacher is at reception.

The education room usually sparks a lot of talk and excitement amongst students and they will have the opportunity to ask questions and have a closer look at the variety of specimens and displays and touch some things at the end of the session.

It takes about 2 hours to get around the zoo.

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