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“3 hours flew by”
Review of Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo
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Ranked #7 of 235 things to do in Wellington
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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
Queenstown, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“3 hours flew by”
Reviewed April 5, 2014

Lovely natural, bright open spaces for the animals and a gentle curved paved pathway to lead you around the grounds. The animals have nice, open, clean spaces and are very well cared for. There is excellent information for each of the animals and the whole zoo is presented in a way that is appealing for kids too. I had an 11 year old with me and she loved every minute of it. Highlights were the monkeys, especially the spider monkeys and the tarantulas!

Visited March 2014
Thank MissyD000
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Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Dragged kicking a screaming, but didn't want to leave!”
Reviewed April 3, 2014

Ok, so I don't like zoos. I always feel sorry from the animals, so despite the fact I had lived in Wellington for 5 years, I had avoided the zoo. Well, I had been to the cafe, but I don't think that counts.

I was eventually persuaded to visit with our little one when we had family staying and was very very pleasantly surprised. It's clean, tidy, well laid out. The animals have areas where they can retreat if they don't want to be seen. There are also very informative talks throughout the day. All the animals looked in good health, so no need for me to feel sorry for any of them.

So go on - have a look. Who knows you might even go back again like I did.

Visited March 2014
Thank Sue S
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Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Where were the animals?”
Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

Disapointed with our trip to the zoo. Didn't see too many animals, either the cages were empty and waiting for future zoo or they were just plain empty cause alot of places were devoid of animals. The high point of the day was watching the sun bears playing, they are a real hoot.

Visited March 2014
Thank Leonie C
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Wellington, New Zealand
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27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Small but perfectly formed”
Reviewed March 29, 2014

Wellington Zoo is one of our favourite places to visit as a family. We usually start off with coffee at Mojo while watching the Pygmy Marmosets play. The keepers are always friendly another is lots of opportunity for interaction with the animals - don't miss the giraffe talk where you get the opportunity to hand feed them.

Visited March 2014
Thank Anita M
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Milwaukee, WI
Level 6 Contributor
135 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“A cool little zoo”
Reviewed March 24, 2014

This is a lovely, small zoo. Go in with an expectation that you'll see some native NZ (and Oz) animals and can walk through a beautiful area on the trip. I would plan 1-2 hours to cover the zoo. That said, it's a bit pricey for what they have to offer, but I'm a zoo lover and don't mind supporting a zoo that's trying to grow. The most interesting part was how close I could get to some of the animals - in fact the wallabies weren't even in cages. Kids will love this zoo - lots of fun ways to interact (even a trampoline). Wear good shoes - you'll be walking up a lot of hills.

Visited March 2014
Thank JIBuchholz
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