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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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  • We went on a terrific sunny day which makes a difference, although the Zoo can be sheltered on a cold southerly. There are a few new enclosures such as the bee and sheep one. this was nice and factual...  more »
  • Not altogether a big believer in zoos , but the animals here seemed happy. Good enclosures, lovely gardens, Could watch the chimps all day. 
  • Besides that I love to visit the entire city zoo, this I liked a lot, very well assembled, clean, interesting, animals almost to touch them, very entertaining for children.
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  • Best place to see a kiwi in NZ! One of the better zoos I've been to around the world. It's not huge but the way it's run is good. Plenty of interactive things for kids. Fairly cheap entry fee with a good variety of animals which is hard considering the environment is very different to their normal one.
  • Not the biggest zoo I've been to, but probably the best! Animal enclosures are well maintained and there are many areas where you can really get up close with the animals. We were able to pet an emu and a couple kangaroos, and the chimps have what is probably one of the best views of Wellington imaginable. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Wellington.
  • Not the biggest zoo, but it's fantastic! The staff are helpful and chatty, the viewing spots for the animals are great! The prices aren't too bad and it makes a lovely walk.
  • A great little zoo. Set out really well so that you flow through it without feeling forced. Exhibits are rightfully presented so that you can see pretty much everything that is going on. Animals seem happy (not that I am any judge really). The vet surgery is a nice touch although I've yet to set it working. Nice mix of local rescued and exotic.
  • My favorite place to visit. Very beautiful site with a great view of the city. Animals well looked after. I have a yearly pass and therefore can visit when I like.