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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.
Situated in Wellington, this luxury hotel is 2 mi (3.3 km) from The Weta Cave and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Wellington Zoo. Mount Victoria Lookout and Courtenay Place are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This family-friendly Wellington hotel is located in a shopping district, 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.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Wellington Zoo, Mount Victoria Lookout, and Courtenay Place. Cuba Street Mall and Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in the heart of Wellington, this luxury hotel is steps from Old Government Buildings, Wellington Central Business District, and Wellington Waterfront. Beehive and St Paul's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is only a 3-minute walk.
Located in Te Aro, this 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.
Situated near the airport, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newtown Park and Wellington Zoo. Mount Victoria Lookout and Courtenay Place are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated near the airport, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newtown Park and Wellington Zoo. Mount Victoria Lookout and Courtenay Place are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Wellington, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Basin Reserve, Wellington Zoo, and Courtenay Place. Cuba Street Mall and Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) are also within 2 mi (3 km).