Rep­tile park

The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - NORTH ISLAND -

Ivan Borich has owned New Zealand’s only rep­tile park for more than 50 years. Once a zoo, the hill­side site is now home to three al­li­ga­tors, a pair of ca­puchin mon­keys and more than 100 other cold-blooded, rep­til­ian species – in­clud­ing a stroppy gecko that once at­tempted to eat a larger cen­tipede. But there is more to the park than gung-ho geckos. Ivan’s col­lec­tion of crit­ters will have kids cheer­ing, play­ing games of skink hide-and-seek and per­suad­ing par­ents to get a step closer to hairy taran­tu­las. Open daily 10am-5pm. 27 Ti Point Road, Leigh, (09) 422 6021, rep­tilepark.co.nz

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