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Franklin Zoo

Pokeno, South Auckland

Franklin Zoo

Where to stay in Auckland
Things to do in Auckland

By Richard Moore

Pictures of Franklin Zoo animals

When 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.

The 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.

Plenty as it turned out.

Franklin 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.

There 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.

Franklin 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.

They have now also got an African elephant Jumbo.

Franklin 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.

Franklin Zoo is open daily between 9am and 5pm and will cost adults $14, Children from 3-17 years $7, Pensioners and students $12.

It is at 83 Ridge Rd, Tuakau RD 4 exit 474 off SHWY1.

Phone: 09 2368686.




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