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Phone: (09) 625 7550

Hours Open:

  • Monday: 11am–1am
  • Tuesday: 11am–1am
  • Wednesday: 11am–1am
  • Closed on Public Holidays

Amenities: Carpark, Wheelchair Access, Toilets, Food Available

Suitable for Ages: Families

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

In 1912 J.J. Boyd's zoo opened in Royal Oak with lions and all manner of exotic creatures. Before long one of the lions decided to escape - only to be recaptured by Mr Boyd's son. We've named this establishment The Zookeeper's Son, as a reminder that sometimes you need to be let loose...

A modern, stylish and relaxed venue designed for meeting up with family and friends to enjoy a refreshing cold Heineken or other fine NZ beer (with 15 beers and ciders on tap), or a glass of wine (we offer over 30 wines by the glass) and a range of good value meals - with something for all the family.

Upstairs there is a fantastic private function room - Tree Tops - perfect for your next celebration or meeting. Or hire out the Mezzanine Level - an open plan space suitable for a range of set ups. For more information on holding your next function at The Zookeeper's Son check out

Upcoming events at The Zookeeper's Son

Map showing The Zookeeper's Son