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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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Rydges Wellington Airport ¥11,247
Rydges Wellington Airport

Rydges Wellington Airport

28 Stewart Duff Drive, Rongotai, Wellington
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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).

    James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor ¥8,054
    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 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.

      Brentwood Hotel ¥8,709
      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, Mount Victoria Lookout, and Courtenay Place. Cuba Street Mall and Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Rydges Wellington ¥11,333
        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. Beehive and St Paul's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is only a 3-minute walk.

          Oaks Wellington Hotel ¥10,130
          Oaks Wellington Hotel

          Oaks Wellington Hotel

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

            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.

            747 Motel ¥8,200
            747 Motel

            747 Motel

            80 Kilbirnie Crescent, Wellington
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              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).

              U Suites Kilbirnie ¥17,791
              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. Mount Victoria Lookout and Courtenay Place are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Adelaide Motel ¥7,648
                Adelaide Motel

                Adelaide Motel

                209 - 211 Adelaide Road, Wellington
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  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).