Wellington Zoo, Wellington

4.4
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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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  • Perfect for a family outing. they have also some kiwi to even if you have not yet had the opportunity during your trip
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  • The zoo has improved a lot since i last went many many years ago. A lot more enclosures and different animals to see. Lots of information. The animals look happy which is good to see. Love the Meerkat...  more »
  • Very nice family friendly zoo. Some parts of the pathways are very hilly, tho we managed very well for a couple in their mid 60s. Zoo is very attractively done with lots of foliage and nice buildings....  more »
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  • This seems to be a very conscientious zoo. They care about the animals and understand the value of informing the public to further that objective. Lots of "keeper talks" which are interesting and informative. The Close Encounters are amazing! We did the red panda and they crawled right up on our laps. You can also pet the kangaroos (as a part of general admission).
  • A great zoo with some fantastic animals. Sadly went at the wrong time and it was full of small children on play centre visits, so was quite noisy. Even so enjoyed my time there with my family. The red pandas are a particular favourite and have a great viewing area.
  • Ha e done the cheetah encounter and the red panda encounter. Both were incredible once in a life time experiences. Not a lot of zoos do this, but it was well worth the price. Knowledgable keepers who were clearly engaged with the animals.
  • It is a really nice Zoo with great staff that love the animals. That said, it is still a zoo. And that means it has visitors that shout and mock and disrupt the animals. In the end I feel very sorry for the caged animals, but at least they are under good care.
  • Lovely place to spend the afternoon! From the first interaction with the staff to the last, professional, helpful, happy bunch of people :-) Wonderful conservation of some (all) pretty special animals, and the training hospital is a wonderful thing (to view & to have) Well done to the staff at Wellington zoo, awesome job & we will be back again :-)

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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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