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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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Lodging Near Wellington Zoo

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Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay
Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay

Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay

100 Oriental Parade, Wellington
     
    4.5
    of 5, from 1,670 reviews
    4.5 out of 5.0

    Located in the heart of Wellington, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oriental Parade, Te Papa, and Courtenay Place. Civic Square and Cuba Street Mall are also within 15 minutes.

    747 Motel
    747 Motel

    747 Motel

    80 Kilbirnie Crescent, Wellington
       
      3.4
      of 5, from 172 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated near the airport, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Wellington Zoo, Mount Victoria Lookout, and Courtenay Place. Cuba Street Mall and Te Papa are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      ibis Wellington $66
      ibis Wellington

      ibis Wellington

      153 Featherston St, Wellington
         
        4.2
        of 5, from 2,344 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Located in the heart of Wellington, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Wellington Central Business District and Wellington Cable Car. Old Government Buildings and Civic Square are also within 10 minutes.

        Brentwood Hotel
        Brentwood Hotel

        Brentwood Hotel

        16-20 Kemp Street, Wellington
           
          4.2
          of 5, from 646 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          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 are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Comfort Hotel Wellington $64
          Comfort Hotel Wellington

          Comfort Hotel Wellington

          223 Cuba Street, Wellington
             
            4.1
            of 5, from 1,815 reviews
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Located in the heart of Wellington, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bucket Fountain and Cuba Street Mall. Civic Square and Courtenay Place are also within 10 minutes.

            Southgate Motor Inn
            Southgate Motor Inn

            Southgate Motor Inn

            70-72 Riddiford St, Wellington
               
              4.2
              of 5, from 4 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Wellington, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Basin Reserve and Wellington Zoo. Courtenay Place and Cuba Street Mall are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Mercure Wellington Central City Hotel and Apartments $66
              Mercure Wellington Central City Hotel and Apartments

              Mercure Wellington Central City Hotel and Apartments

              130 Victoria Street, Wellington
                 
                4.0
                of 5, from 977 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Located in the heart of Wellington, this property is steps from Wellington Central Business District and Cuba Street Mall. Civic Square and Courtenay Place are also within 10 minutes.

                Ascot Motor Lodge
                Ascot Motor Lodge

                Ascot Motor Lodge

                46 Riddiford Street, Wellington
                   
                  4.3
                  of 5, from 9 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Wellington, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Basin Reserve and Wellington Zoo. Courtenay Place and Cuba Street Mall are also within 2 mi (3 km).