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Wellington Zoo, Wellington

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.4/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web
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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  • The zoo is very well laid out. Make sure to go to the Australia exhibit as a number of the animals wander around along the path - you can pet Wallabies! 
  • Wellington Zoo is definitely great. We especially enjoyed the Talk time because we learned a lot about our favourite animals and we also saw them being fed. 
  • The Wellington Zoo has had such an amazing transformation over the past 10 years. The Africa section is especially great to visit as the incredibly open and shared enclosures give you the chance to lo...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The staff are friendly, knowledgable and the animals are beautiful and well taken care of, but the zoo does feel like a giant playground for under 5s. Its almost like there's more emphasis on making play areas for pre-school kids than having a zoo that has educational experiences that cater for all ages. I took my 4 and 6 year old along recently - 4yo LOVED It, 6 yo (who's very interested in learning about science and nature) Was getting sick of all the "baby playgrounds" - I kinda had to agree with him a little. Nice to see some of the animals out in the open, but sad to see some of the other people at the zoo not respecting the animals safe spaces and wandering in them to "get a pat".
  • The staff were extremely friendly and insightful, they stored my belongings while I explored the zoo and then afterwards helped me plan my trip home again. The zoo itself is amazing and the care they provide for their inhabitants appears to be above and beyond. I was very impressed and grateful to the staff of Wellington Zoo, thank you so much!
  • Nice little zoo in the wellington suburbs. Not huge so pretty easy to navigate and get around. Can be steep in areas. Covered areas for eating as well as a cafe near the entrance, some items quite expensive. Good educational resources. There's also a gift shop.
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