of Franklin Zoo animals
touring to places new one of the best things to do upon arrival
is to talk with local folk about the best things to do and
see in the area they know.
other week we were told of a small zoo in the Bombay Hills
south of Auckland and so popped into the Franklin Zoo to see
what was on offer.
as it turned out.
Zoo has new owners and you can see they will have their work
cut out for them doing up some of the older enclosures but
their animals look great.
are lions, hawks, parrots, monkeys by the barrel - inlcuding
tamarins and spider monkeys - turtles, wallabies, a one-eyed
otter, emus, spider monkeys and plenty more.
Zoo has an excellent map to follow as you make your way around
the zoo with details on which animals you can feed and which
you should not. The zebra and goat are cool - and cute - but
I was not prepared to hold out a feed bag, available at the
zoo's shop, to the lions.
have now also got an African elephant Jumbo.
Zoo is well tucked away off main roads but if the kids are
getting grotty in the back of the car and you feel like something
relaxing and different, then give the place a visit.
Zoo is open daily between 9am and 5pm and will cost adults
$14, Children from 3-17 years $7, Pensioners and students
is at 83 Ridge Rd, Tuakau RD 4 – exit 474 off SHWY1.