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“So impressed!”
Review of Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo
Ranked #13 of 247 things to do in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Visit us today and discover why Wellington Zoo is gaining a reputation for being the best little zoo in the whole wide world!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Wellington zoo yesterday and from the outset, I was so impressed with the lush, perfectly landscaped gardens, the zoo layout and the enclosures. We went during the week (not during school holidays) on a fine winter day and we almost had the zoo to ourselves, although the chilly weather meant a few of the animals were snuggled up asleep.

I was with my brother who had visited many times, and he said that after the monkeys to take the right turn up the hill (past the Lemur) as this way, the hill to the top is a gradual incline as opposed to the other way being very steep! So that meant that the steepest part of the walk we would be going down rather than up when we came back around in the loop. Perfect when walking with a 4 and 5-year-old!

The kea enclosure was one of my favourite parts, they are amazing birds, and the kids loved the monkeys and the giraffes. We also loved that the 'animal hospital' had glass walls so we could see the vets operating on a guinea fowl! So cool.

TIPS
* Yes, it is hilly and required lots of walking, but take the right turn after the monkeys, past the Lemar to take the gradual incline up the hill - save the steepest part for the way down!
* Try going during the week if possible
* If you or your kids have a favourite animal, ring the zoo and find out when their feeding time or animal talk is so you can plan your visit for it
* Wear good walking shoes (and take a small stroller if you have young ones)
* Take plenty of water (there are many toilet facilities all over the zoo which we appreciated)

1  Thank aanduburch
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a great time doing the Cheetah, Meerkat and Red Panda experiences here. They're a 'Must do' in Wellington. Geri is an excellent guide/keeper.
Thanks to all staff.

1  Thank 9jmc
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A relaxed and interesting place to visit. Kids love it. Quite steep to walk in places. I was interested to watch the vet clinic through a glass wall.

Thank heine413
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It does not matter how many zoos you would have seen in your lifetime, the Wellington Zoo is a must see. Its a nice cosy small zoo which make the experience wit the animals even more special.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

All age people (animal lovers) would love this place.
See lot of happy animals and huge range of animals.
Visited several times and still keen to visit again.

1  Thank Sandip P
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