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 on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Wellington sightseeing planning tool .
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  • The Zoo enough truth I liked. I went mainly to see if I could see the kiwi and I had so much luck had it 40 cm mine looking for food (is in a fairly dark environment where prohibited lights). View them all the animals very well and even go to see several. But unfortunately no longer be a zoo. I leave a photo
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  • It was fun to watch the otters playing in the water and the giraffes eating just a few feet away and the zoo is spotless and the employees and volunteers were friendly, but we could not find the monke...  more »
  • We spent the best morning experiencing this zoo. They offer a variety of intimate encounter packages, we booked the lion package which offers you the chance to hand feed lions (it's through the cage b...  more »
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  • It's a fun place, especially for families with little kids. It's one of the smallest zoo I have been, but I don't mind. Even with little children half day is enough to see it all without rush. Some animals are good at hiding and hard to spot but some, like emus are walking freely in the zoo. There are a lot of entertaining and learning corners what both I and my kids love. Also, I like the idea of having a great amount of playground structure in different spots, like sandbox, slides trampoline, climbing wall, animal sculptures, so the kids have fun while walking from one animal to the other. The only reason I gave 4 starts, because I think it is very fun with kids, but maybe not so entertaining for an adult only.
  • Absolutely LOVED my visit! Spent ages watching the delightful otters and the magnificent lions.. even spotted a kiwi. I'm over from the UK am am definitely going back before I leave NZ. I've heard you can feed the lions! I'm in! Thank you for a amazing time.
  • Possibly a great place but has limited access for those with disabilities. Would have loved to have seen the animals but hills are too steep for my asthma. Staff were very nice and others with me seemed to have enjoyed it.
  • The zoo has vastly improved a lot of the exhibits, the new kiwi area is just as good or better than the Aussie walkabout. Being able to interact with the keepers is brilliant and seeing they already have time for the kids just makes it do much more fun. This is a must see place when visiting Wellington. Highlight of the visit would be the otters as the big bulky fence had gone and replaced with a glass fence so everyone big and small can see what's going on!
  • Smaller than I thought it would be, but a great little zoo. Maybe this is the normal size for a city this size and they just seemed huge as a kid... Follow the trainer talks around to get a better experience of the animals that are a bit shy or sleep during the day.

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