Where Can I Meet a Capybara in New Zealand

There are 3 zoos in New Zealand which have capybaras, see below.

You might find these videos useful: the first video shows you how to pet a capybara. Not the way you would pet a dog!

Capybara Erogenous Zones Where Capybaras like to Be Petted:

Watch What Happens When Baby Capybara Is Petted:

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Wellington Zoo.

Address: 200 Daniell Street, Newtown, Wellington 6021

Tel: 04 381 6755

Capybara Close Encounter details:


“A Close Encounter at Wellington Zoo is more than just meeting an amazing animal close-up. You’re joined by a Zoo Keeper who works with the animals you are meeting. They will introduce you to your encounter animals and answer any of your questions about them, and about Capybaras in the wild and why they’re important. They’ll also happily take a photo of you inside the Capybara Habitat, so don’t forget your camera!”

Age: 6 years old and up. If you’re between 6 and 13 years, you’ll need to have someone 14 years or over (booked and paid) with you on the Close Encounter.  

Time: 1.00pm every day. Participants must arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of their scheduled encounter time.

Cost: $99 per person including Zoo entry.

10% discount for all Zoo Crew members. 

Participants: Maximum of 4 people per encounter. Enclosed shoes must be worn. 

Duration: 30 minutes

Bookings: Please book in advance.

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Christchurch

Willowbank will be introducing an animal encounter with capybaras, but the date has not yet been finalised. You can follow them on Facebook, or check their website to see when you will be able to meet their capybaras.

60 Hussey Road, Northwood, Christchurch 8051

Phone 03 359 6226

Auckland Zoo

Auckland zoo has capybaras and usually offers a behind-the-scenes encounter, and the opportunity to be a junior zookeeper. However, at the moment these experiences are not available due to Covid 19. The zoo hopes to be able to offer these animal experiences later in 2021.

Tel: (09) 360 3805

Address: Motions Rd, Auckland 1022



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