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.
* 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)
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