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Wellington Zoo

Spend some quality time with big cats, giraffes, red pandas and white-cheeked gibbons at New Zealand’s oldest zoo.

There are approximately 500 animals to see at Wellington Zoo. They represent more than 100 species from Africa, Asia, Australia, the Americas and New Zealand. Among these are critically endangered Sumatran tigers and Campbell Island teals. The compact park is New Zealand’s first zoo, dating back to 1906.

Meander along the zoo’s paths and observe native species such as kiwi and tuatara, a lizard-like reptile whose ancestors lived in the age of dinosaurs. Pop into The Roost, the bird breeding and care facility. Learn about all stages of bird life at the zoo, from the incubation of eggs, to the birds’ home in the aviaries. Watch the keepers as they nurture birds in their care.

Call in on The Nest, the zoo’s state-of-the-art animal hospital. The facility has surgical rooms, various enclosures and a saltwater pool. From the viewing gallery attached to each surgical room, watch as vets perform checkups and operations and listen to live commentary from the veterinary team.

Visit Asia Precinct, the purpose-built home for the zoo’s Malayan sun bears and Sumatran tigers. Stand on the viewing decks for a close look at the tigers.

Make some time for one of the daily talks during which keepers discuss and answer questions about the species on show. There are no fewer than 10 talks each day, and they are held at different times and in different zoo locations. For details of the talks schedule, visit the zoo’s official website.

For an extra fee you can get close to some of the zoo’s deadliest, quirkiest and cutest animals. In these Close Encounters you can feed a lion, pet a cheetah and meet a meerkat.

Wellington Zoo is situated in the south of the city, about a 10-minute drive from the center. There is limited free parking. The zoo is served by two bus routes and is open every day except Christmas Day.


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Oaks Wellington Hotel ¥8,427
Oaks Wellington Hotel

Oaks Wellington Hotel

89 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington, Wellington
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Te Aro, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Courtenay Place, Cuba Street Mall, and Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand). Michael Fowler Centre and Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station) are also within 1 mi (2 km). Wellington Station is 20 minutes by foot.

    QT Wellington ¥11,716
    QT Wellington

    QT Wellington

    90 Cable Street, Wellington
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Wellington hotel is located in the entertainment district, steps from Waitangi Park, Wellington Waterfront, and Wellington Central Business District. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Courtenay Place are also within 5 minutes. Wellington Station is 19 minutes by foot.

      James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor ¥7,744
      James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

      James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

      147 The Terrace, Wellington
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Wellington hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of St Paul's Cathedral, Carter Observatory, and Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand). Old St Paul's and Botanic Gardens are also within 1 mi (2 km). Wellington Station is 10 minutes by foot.

        Melrose Haven B&B ¥17,098
        Melrose Haven B&B

        Melrose Haven B&B

        Rodrigo Road Melrose, Wellington
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Wellington, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newtown Park and Wellington Zoo. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Wellington Central Business District are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Brentwood Hotel ¥7,739
          Brentwood Hotel

          Brentwood Hotel

          16-20 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Wellington Zoo, Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand), and Wellington Central Business District. The Weta Cave and Wellington Waterfront are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay ¥8,521
            Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay

            Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay

            100 Oriental Parade, Oriental Bay, Wellington
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Oriental Bay, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oriental Parade, Wellington Central Business District, and Wellington Waterfront. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Courtenay Place are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 25 minutes by foot.

              Rydges Wellington ¥9,871
              Rydges Wellington

              Rydges Wellington

              75 Featherston St, Wellington
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Wellington, this luxury hotel is steps from Old Government Buildings, Wellington Central Business District, and Wellington Waterfront. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and TSB Bank Arena are also within 15 minutes. Wellington Station is only a 3-minute walk.

                U Suites Kilbirnie ¥13,162
                U Suites Kilbirnie

                U Suites Kilbirnie

                66 Bay Road, Wellington
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the airport, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newtown Park and Wellington Zoo. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Wellington Central Business District are also within 3 mi (5 km).