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A unique expression of New Zealand, Staglands Wildlife Reserve features a variety of streams, ponds, hills and gullies, which have been created and developed over the past 40 years.

Located in the picturesque Akatarawa valley in Upper Hutt, Staglands Wildlife Reserve & Cafe offers the opportunity for people of all ages to discover the wonders of the natural world in a safe and fun environment. 

At Staglands visitors can feed and freely interact with wildlife in beautiful surroundings:

  • Enjoy the walk-through aviaries full of brilliantly coloured, twittering birds.
  • Meet free roaming kune kune piglets and delight in their company.
  • Cuddle up to gorgeous guinea pigs and rabbits at the Stables.
  • Watch the rainbow and brown trout fighting over their dinner.
  • Get up close and personal with enchanting fallow deer in the deer park.
  • Discover the magical world of the Secret Garden.
  • Experience the nooks and crannies of the Old Bush Settlement - a nostalgic recreation of an abandoned settlement.
  • Pack a picnic and make a day of it (there are complimentary BBQs) or savour the scrumptious snacks and sweet treats available at the log café.

Find out what native wildlife you might spot on your visit to Staglands. 

Wild Things

Discover a trail of Wild Things hidden in some of Wellington's most spectacular locations. Keep an eye out for Patty at Staglands and take a photo with this Wild Thing for your chance to win prizes. Download the Wild Things map and start exploring!

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