Butterfly Creek hosts a diverse and exciting range of primarily tropical animal species – and almost entirely undercover.

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We are proud to host New Zealand’s only giant saltwater crocodiles - the world’s apex predators. Scar and Goldie were imported into NZ in early 2009. Complementing these wonderful reptiles is our magnificent tropical butterfly house with over 750 free-flying tropical butterflies, smaller reptiles and various bird species.

We host the captive rear and release programme for NZ’s giant wetapunga, one of the world’s largest insects. You’ll see these guys on display in Greenfingers Bugs About, together with a wide range of other fascinating insects including 16 beautiful tarantula. You can delight in NZ’s largest marine coral and fresh-water tropical aquaria. Buttermilk Farm has all your farmyard favourites. Other wildlife can be observed from the Red Admiral Express Train as it circulates our working wetlands.

Our cafe offers a wide range of tasty fare and Curly’s playground is available to all visitors. Enjoy a fantastic day out all year round at Butterfly Creek.

We offer a lovely setting for your special day with wedding packages to suit your requirements. We provide rooms, spaces and equipment for all your function requirements. Contact us to discuss your specific needs and to view our package options.

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Whats On at the Creek

A Birthday to remember. We have birthday party packages to suit all.

Keeper for the Day - get behind the scenes for those special privileges. Interact with and learn all about the different animals at the Creek - Check out our Keeper for the day packages

Butterfly Creek provides real
-life experiences for the Science
Strand -
Making Sense of the Living World.
The Tropical Butterfly House,
Pirates Below aquaria, Bugs About
, Crocodile exhibit,
Farmyard and the Working
Wetlands provides great examples
of practical technology in action.

Fantastic discounts and packages for Groups such as Senior Groups – find out more information here.


Green Fingers "Bugs About"
Tarantulas, Giant Weta, Cockroaches, Bees, Mantids, and many more - Get up close to this fascinating collection of creepy crawlies.

Check out our Beehive and
Twinkle toes, our pink-toed
Tarantula a real cutie (for a spider). Learn more about our critters.

Visit Australasia`s premier Butterfly House

Photo of the Day - send us your best photo from your day at Butterfly Creek to go into our monthly draw or enter our monthly colouring in competition to win a family pass – click here.
Wedding image Celebrate your special day at our lovely wedding venue. All information included in our wedding package here
Butterfly Creek CafeWedding Room Papillon Cafe Great
Food and Coffee all
year round

Functions, Seminars, Events