Butterfly Creek Places to Visit

Butterfly Creek: Your Places To Visit In Auckland Guide From Sudima

More than just a butterfly enclosure, Butterfly Creek has a unique collection of animals, insects and creatures great and small from across the world. You can get upclose with the world’s most aggressive predators – a pair of Giant Salt Water Australian crocodiles during their daily feeding. There’s a breeding program for New Zealands own giant Weta’s – the worlds heaviest insect. Or share Australasia’s premier Tropical Butterfly House with over 600 burtterflies and a daily hatching of new butterflies from across the world. Butterflly Creek also has a fullsized interactive dinosuar attraction, a petting zoo, a café (with BBQ + gluten free and vegetarin options) and the Red Admiral Express mini train take you throughout the allday exhibits.

The Butterfly House at Butterfly Creek

Over 600 free flying exotic butterflies from butterfly farms all around the world make their home in the high humidty Butterfly House. Every day there is a release of newly hatched butterflies at 10.00am and 3 pm, so make sure you don’t miss it! The tropical butterfly house also includes turtles, quails, finches, water dragons, tamarin monkeys and variety of fish.

The Dinosaur Kingdom at Butterfly Creek

Butterfly Creek also has Dinosaur Kingdom – New Zealand's only Dinosaur Park. It’s a prehistoric themed attraction with more than 30 life size dinosaurs towering up to 24m in height and features an amazing display of fossils and skeletons. The Dinosaur Kingdom is most definitely a highlight for visitors spending a day at Auckland’s Butterfly Creek…you can walk amongst these lifelike creatures, hear them roar and learn all about their ancient origins. But if you’d prefer to keep your distance, you can take a miniature train ride around the attraction on the Red Admiral Express.

Giant Crocodiles at Butterfly Creek

The world’s most aggressive predators; a pair of Australian Saltwater Crocodiles (weighing nearly 600kg each) are on show in an indoor tropical Northern Territory themed enclosure; with public feedings every day at 1.00pm. The deadly reptilian duo are previously captured “problem crocodiles” that became a menace to humans and farm livestock. These fearsome creatures are exclusive to Auckland’s’ Butterfly Creek and are not on view anywhere else in New Zealand.

Buttermilk Farm at Butterfly Creek

For those more faint of heart, there is also Buttermilk Farm, where visitors young and old can get up close with a range of cuddly farmyard animals including rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, alpacas, sheep, pigs, and chickens. Supervised children can even hold or pet the animals every hour from 10.30am – 3.30pm. Do you like feeding animals? You can do this as well three times daily. For the feeding schedule, just contact the venue. There is something here for the whole family, and, of course, big kids at heart.

Butterfly Creek - Prices

There are special prices for groups of 10 or more saving 10% plus discounted entries for students and seniors, family passes or vouchers. Contact Butterfly Creek to learn more - +64 9-275 8880, or contact our staff at Sudima Airport Hotel. Price options start from just NZ$13 for adults or a family pass (2 adults and 2 children) from $39.00 with children 3-15 years just $10.00 or free for under 3 years.

Butterfly Creek - When Is It Open and Hours

When you’re looking for fun things to do in Auckland while staying at the Sudima Auckland Airport , Butterfly Creek is an all year round (mostly undercover) must visit attraction. It’s open every day – year round excluding Christmas and Boxing Day.

During Summer (November - March)

Opening Hours: 9.00am - 5.30pm Final entry: 4.30pm

During Winter (April - October)

Opening Hours: 9.30am - 5.00pm Final entry: 4.00pm

School and Public Holidays

Opening Hours: 9.00am - 5.30pm Final entry: 4.30pm

Unless there are 15 or more in a group, you don’t need to book in advance. Some times of the day are busier than others. If you’d prefer a quieter time of the day to visit

  • Monday - Friday 10.30am -1.30pm
  • Saturday 12-2.00pm Sunday 11.30 -1.30pm

Butterfly Creek is just 1 minute from the Airport at 10 Tom Pearce Drive, with complementary shuttle to and from the airport for those visiting the attraction. Visit the iSite information centre and ask them to call you a shuttle.

Travelling To Butterfly Creek From Sudima Airport Hotel Auckland

Not only is Butterfly Creek one of the most fun places to visit in Auckland, but it is very conveniently close to the Sudima Airport Hotel.

Talk to our staff before or during our stay to learn more about arranging transport if you require it. Just a 5 minute convenient drive from the hotel, Butterfly Creek is less than 3km in distance in a car. Or if you’d prefer a pleasant day walk, it’s just 30 minutes from the hotel to Butterfly Creek.

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