Auckland Zoo is incredible. There is a huge commitment to the animals that live there and the zoo is completely child- centred. Luka did not have a birthday party this year for a couple of reasons (mean boys in his class being the main one) so we gave him a Zoo Experience instead.
There are number of different experiences and he chose the Red Panda one. Then the Red Panda fell pregnant (how inconsiderate being endangered and all, ha!) so Luka chose the Reptile (tortoise) experience instead. I think mainly due to the fact that a tortoise moves slowly and would be unlikely to corner/ bite him!
We arrived early and of course the Zoo had an activity going for the kids- the Zookeeper challenge, we loved it!
His cousin joined him for the trip- the 3 amigos!
We pottered around until it was time for the Reptile experience. It was my birthday so Luka chose me as the mandatory adult who needed to accompany him. I was thrilled at the chance to be with him, less thrilled about the reptile tortoise. Luckily I had no idea there were multiple reptiles to experience, I thought there was just Smiley the 248kg Galapagos tortoise.
The verdict? The Auckland Zoo is FABULOUS! And the experiences are wonderful too, even if one involves a leg-less lizard. Go, you won't regret it!