This major project over 2021 and 2022 will create a new conservation precinct showcasing two of our key visitor attractions: Hamilton Zoo and Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park. The new entry precinct will connect the two sites and provide facilities for visitors to either destination as well as the local community.
Hamilton Zoo is a well-loved community asset and plays an important role in connecting people with nature and conservation activities and providing fun experiences that inform and educate visitors. Zoo staff are kaitiaki to over 600 exotic and native species and the Zoo participates in breeding programmes for endangered animals and ongoing conservation and research projects.
Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park is a unique ecological restoration project situated in a largely urban setting, with the long-term aim of reconstructing the forest, wetland and lake ecosystems present in pre-European times. The park opened to the public in late 2019 and entry is free.
Both attractions are on Brymer Road in north Hamilton.