Go behind the scenes with a keeper and your own exclusive group. Meet an animal up close and learn about their lives at Hamilton Zoo.
Check out the schedule below for days/times.
To place a booking inquiry, complete the form below and we'll get back to you with confirmation.
*As of Monday 9 Sept, our primate encounters are ON HOLD.
Did you know primates can catch the measles? With the recent cases of measles in Auckland and confirmed cases in Hamilton we have decided to delay our primate encounters until further notice. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in helping to keep each other, and our animals, safe and healthy.
Encounter fee is
For a group of five people or less.
Additional people $25 per person.
Gift vouchers are available.
Only available for a limited time (June-Mid October) so get in quick.
You'll enter their enclosure with a keeper and meet our gorgeous red panda up close.
Enter our rhino boma and meet these magnificent, massive animals up close. Find out about their lives at the Zoo and the issues they face in the wild from the keepers who care for them.
Take a seat inside the lemur enclosure where they will join you and pluck grapes right from your hand!
A keeper from our primate team will tell you all about their lives at the Zoo and their species in the wild where they're critically endangered.
(Due to the current measles epidemic, to protect the health of our primates, our lemur encounters are currently on hold). Check back for updates early October.)
Join a keeper at the impressive Siamang enclosure and go behind the scenes with the largest of the Gibbon family.
Siamangs are intelligent and full of personality and you'll love meeting Itam or Kashi up close.
(Due to the current measles epidemic, to protect the health of our primates, our siamang encounters are currently on hold). Check back for updates early October.)
Macaw and Agouti
A unique experience with the Macaws and Agouti. A keeper will take you into the shared home in the Parrot Court where you'll meet the cheeky, curious agouti and the beautiful, intelligent macaws.