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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
We popped into Wellington Zoo yesterday and had such an incredible experience. We’re both in our early 30’s and quite knowledgeable about conservation efforts across Aotearoa New Zealand and wildlife.... more
We popped into Wellington Zoo yesterday and had such an incredible experience. We’re both in our early 30’s and quite knowledgeable about conservation efforts across Aotearoa New Zealand and wildlife.... more »
We had been to Auckland Zoo and loved it and although we still had a good time here, it wasn’t quite at the same standard in some ways. There is a small free car park but was completely full when we.... more
We had been to Auckland Zoo and loved it and although we still had a good time here, it wasn’t quite at the same standard in some ways. There is a small free car park but was completely full when we.... more »
Great zoo! Went for the meerkat encounter and that was fantastic-they are so adorable. Zoo staff super friendly and knowledgeable.
Great zoo! Went for the meerkat encounter and that was fantastic-they are so adorable. Zoo staff super friendly and knowledgeable. more »
A delightful Zoo with lots to see and do for small kids and big ones too. Lovely restaurant Rex with good choice of healthy food. Can see the zoo is well loved by staff too. Even if it’s blowing a northerly. Still well sheltered. Wheelchair and stroller accessible
We had a wonderful day at the zoo. It was a little bit rainy but i guess it kept the school holiday crowds away. We were greeted by the gibbons morning call which was awesome to see. All of the staff were wonderful especially keeper Jacob that we saw at multiple keeper talks through out the day. The enclosures were well maintained and designed. The signage was amazing and really showed how much they value all of the animals welfare.
The concept of creating a wild like environment for animals is what I liked the most. Animals can be watched very closely and for a few birds and animals one can walk through. We really enjoyed the walk through the kangaroo enclosure. Also we made sure not to miss on the talks( explanations given by the zoo keepers) that was scheduled. This is available at the entrance, on the map and the talk time is also published outside the enclosures. Few species in the zoo are endangered or rarely seen in the wild, like the red panda. We were lucky to spot 2 of them at the zoo, there is a red panda feeding session, that needs to be booked in advance and is a one in a lifetime experience, not to be missed. Approach to the zoo is easy as there are busses plying from the city. Zoo has ample of parking space as well. A good experience and one of the places will recommend to visit in Wellington, especially for the ones with kids. One of the coolest things to visit is the animal hospital( care center). The way it has been built provides a unique experience, as the visitors can see the operation theatre, rehabilitation center and also can ask any query from the staff there.
This is a great zoo! Good layout that allows you to get very close to the animals but also keeps them safe. The animals look relaxed and happy, well taken care of. Definitely recommend this experience for any age.
They don't have Elephants and Rhinoceros. But what they have there are all well kept, big spaces for animals, clean areas and tried to keep them as in their natural environment as possible. I think it's not so friendly with people with wheelchair though. They were building place for Snow leopard, will definitely go back to see snow leopard.
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