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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 .
Wellington Zoo Reviews
Wellington Zoo is quite small, but has lots of animals to see and was a nice place to walk around. The highlight for me was the Kea feeding. The staff were awesome and were happy to answer questions a... more »
Animals shipped from other continents to be kept in enclosures is NOT conservation, no matter how much a zoo claims to educate customers. Children are able to learn about dinosaurs without seeing them... more »
We took 4 grandchildren between the age of 3 and 10 to the zoo. It was a lovely warm day with just enough wind to keep you comfortable. The 3 year old wanted to see giraffes, the 4 year old otters, 6 year old kiwi and 10 year old the red panda. Grandparents wanted to see the new chimp enclosure. We managed to see all requests so that was great. My only complaint would be we never came across water drinking fountains and there seemed to be only one place to buy a coffee and ice blocks. Otherwise it was a great day out and we will be back to see the areas we missed.
Really great zoo however take in to account on a very hot day that many of the animals will be sleeping or hiding inside their enclosures. Don't forget sunblock water and a snack as the snacks at the shop can be quite expensive. Just be aware, entry price is quite high at $25 per adult.
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