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Wellington Zoo, Wellington

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From the country's trademark kiwis to rare Sumatran tigers and sun bears, get close to species from the four corners of the world at Wellington Zoo. The oldest institution of its kind in New Zealand, the zoo has over a century-long tradition in the housing and preservation of animals. Today, the zoo plays home to over 100 different species, including insects, birds, fish, reptiles, and mammals. Numerous interactive programs let you pet a cheetah, feed a lion, play with meerkats, or even spend the night. Snacks, drinks, and refreshments are available on site, and all the facilities are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Put Wellington Zoo into our Wellington vacation route planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Wellington.
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As an established, modern capital city, Wellington offers accommodations of numerous shapes and sizes. Get a harbor view at a luxury hotel by the waterfront, or enjoy simple rental rooms at one of the many backpacker hostels. Cheaper accommodation lies outside the downtown area, with motels, campsites, and RV parks providing options for those on smaller budgets, and travelers wanting to get out of town and into the rolling, green hills. Wellington benefits from a wide range of transport and a very efficient infrastructure, so you'll have access to attractions no matter where you stay.
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  • I love this zoo. There is room for you and for the animals. I like the new enclosures with the Australian animals and the locals the kiwis one. Very child-friendly as everything is at a low level.  more »
  • We visited the Wellington zoo over queens birthday weekend and were very impressed. It's a very clean tidy and well maintained facility that provides easy access to all animals with sealed paths that ...  more »
  • Our son had fun seeing all sorts of animals and we even had a close encounter with an emu, who just happen to be walking around with tourists. The place wasn't too big so we weren't too exhausted afte...  more »
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  • The animals are well cared for in good enclosures, but some animals are not meant for the Wellington climate. That aside, the keepers know their stuff and offer talks every hour every day about the animals (whilst also feeding them). The animals seem happy and active, and as any good zoo this is a special place
  • The Wellington Zoo is a fairly small zoo, but they manage to pack so much cool stuff in! All the enclosures are wonderfully kept, and they even have special encounters where you get to hold animals... like Red Pandas! This was an awesome way to cap off our trip to NZ, thanks for the great time, people at Wellington Zoo!
  • Hadn't been for a while. The newly done part of the Zoo is very nice. The Zoo is not big but that doesn't matter. Still plenty to look at and nice to wander around.
  • Very nice and fun place. Gift shop is a bit empty but has a good selection. Animals are very well behaved and trained.
  • Wellington zoo is a great place for both kids and adults. There are various talks and feeding activity which is fun as well as informative. You can even choose one of the up close programs to get close to a cheetah or lion, if you fancy it. Great place for a family picnic the whole day or a quick trip for couple of hours. It is surely one of the best little zoo in the world.