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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  • This is a really beautiful and well kept zoo. They also do a lot for conservation efforts worldwide, so by visiting, you’re supporting conservation efforts for cheetahs, sun bears, lions, and countles...  more »
  • Loved the keas and the pigs looked very happy. Lots of different animals to look at. You can easily spend many hours here. We took the bus from the centre of town without any difficulty.  more »
  • Great zoo. Good animals, good size enclosures. Good price for what it is, 24 dollars for adults. My wife and I took our time and spent around 3.5 hours there. Tip, go to the giraffe feeding (you can f...  more »
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  • 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!
  • It's nice, not too big one.. Just for a walk kind of thing. Penguin, tiger, bear . Ticket for adult is $24. It's better to go in the morning time. I went during after noon , as the weather is hot, all the animals are sleeping and taking rest in shade. Chimpanzees will play in the morning .. There will be different feeding times for different animals.. You can go based on your interest. You can opt for some close encounters also.. Not sure of additional price details. There is a good court too ..
  • Great zoo with some cool interactive exhibits. Knowledgeable helpful staff. Lots of kid friendly things to do, plenty of playground places and toilets. Place is good humored.
  • Great place to take the family on a hot summer day. We recently had our work Xmas here and it was awesome. The kids had a really good time, had there faces painted and got to see all the animals. Highly recommend.
  • Awesome zoo. A must visit if you are in Wellington. We did the meerkat encounter and it was amazing. Well worth the cost to have these little critters scrambling over you. They are ridiculously cute. Also the chimpanzees were hilarious - especially when being fed.

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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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