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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 $58
Reviewed on Jun 15, 2019
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Rydges Wellington Airport

Rydges Wellington Airport

28 Stewart Duff Drive, Rongotai, Wellington
     
    4.4 of 5
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Great service from all staff, so nice and welcoming. Clean room, great breakfast (best I had during my stay in NZ). I stayed in another hotel in the city which was 5 stars and that did not compare to the Rydges Wellington Airport which was better on so many levels. Love the idea that we checked in ...

    Rydges Wellington $72
    Reviewed on Jun 9, 2019
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    Rydges Wellington

    Rydges Wellington

    75 Featherston St, Wellington
       
      4.4 of 5
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Great location. Portland restaurant was delicious and the service was great

      Brentwood Hotel $78
      Reviewed on Jun 12, 2019
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      Brentwood Hotel

      Brentwood Hotel

      16-20 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington
         
        4.2 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Parking was free. Room was huge. Bathroom was tiny. Good range of TV channels. Light on outside window all night and couldn't get curtain to close any further - but I've had worse. Other guests noisy going past my door. Didn't need an alarm clock because the planes started flying at 7am. ...

        747 Motel $69
        Reviewed on Mar 11, 2019
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        747 Motel

        747 Motel

        80 Kilbirnie Crescent, Wellington
           
          3.3 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          A no frills motel on outskirts of Wellington. A convenient one nighter

          Willis Wellington Hotel $59
          Reviewed on Jun 5, 2019
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          Willis Wellington Hotel

          Willis Wellington Hotel

          355 Willis St, Wellington
             
            3.5 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Very affordable, have laundry facilities, breakfast delicious, near CBD. Staff very accommodating.

            Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay $90
            Reviewed on Jun 15, 2019
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            Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay

            Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay

            100 Oriental Parade, Oriental Bay, Wellington
               
              4.5 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Great view of harbour. Friendly staff. Very good breakfast

              Southgate Motor Inn
              Reviewed on Oct 1, 2017
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              Southgate Motor Inn

              Southgate Motor Inn

              70-72 Riddiford St, Newton, Wellington
                 
                4.2 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Clean and tiday 2 bedroom apartment with kitchen facilities and spacious bathroom. Shops and bus stop nearby. Excellent place to stay

                Adelaide Motel $76
                Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019
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                Adelaide Motel

                Adelaide Motel

                209 - 211 Adelaide Road, Wellington
                   
                  3.6 of 5
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Simple, clean, and warm. What you're really paying for is convenience... We needed to be at the hospital at any moment and a 2min walk was super convenient, as well as being across the road from the super market and within walking distance to a lot of dinning options.