The Wellington Zoo was New Zealand’s first zoo when it was opened in the year 1906. A century later, the zoo is spread across13 hectares and is home to over 500 animals, comprising over 100 species. The collection comprises animals like the Sumatran Tiger, Cotton Top Tamarin, Malayan Sun Bear, White-Cheeked Gibbon and Australian Pelican. One can have close encounters with cheetahs, lions, giraffes, red pandas, meerkats and lemurs. The zoo also organizes Sleepovers! Definitely a fun place to visit with your kids.
Wellington Zoo Travel Tips
- Children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
- For animal encounters, minimum age limit and height limit apply. Kindly check official website before planning your trip.
Entrance Ticket Details For Wellington Zoo
- Adults: $21
- Children (3-14): $10.50
- Children under 3: Free
- Cheetah Encounter: $150 per person
- Lion Encounter: $95
- Giraffe Encounter: $95
- Red Panda Encounter: $95
- Meerkat Encounter: $95
- Lemur Encounter: $95
Wellington Zoo Hours
- Cheetah Encounter: Weekdays at 2.30 p.m. and weekends at 11.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.
- Lion Encounter: Thursday to Tuesday: 10.45 a.m.
- Giraffe Encounter: Saturday to Tuesday: 3.30 p.m.
- Red Panda Encounter: every day at 11.30 a.m.
- Meerkat Encounter: Weekdays at 4 p.m. and weekends at 1 p.m.
- Lemur Encounter: every day at 3.15 p.m.
How to Reach Wellington Zoo
- Wellington zoo- Daniell Street bus stop
- Wellington zoo- Manchester Street bus stop
- Newton Park- Wellington zoo bus stop
- Mojo at the Zoo
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71.7% of people who visit Wellington include Wellington Zoo in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
45% of people start their Wellington Zoo visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Wellington Zoo
92.62% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Wellington Zoo
Wellington Zoo Reviews & Ratings
My boy loves red panda so much he even had a red panda cake, so I new what to get him for his gift. We had a red panda encounter together it was amazing. The morning was so much fun and the ranger new a lot of information. The red panda few from our hands and walked over our legs. We were able to pat it and feel how soft it was. Amazing. Great zoo to go visit with lots of animals to see. Great walk around and an easy way to fill in an afternoon. Is quite hilly at times.
It was a better than I thought experience. I can't compare to those famous Singapore Zoo. But this is the first time I was able to look at a Kiwi bird so closely. The kiwi exhibit is amazing. Others kids friendly zones are really informative and make the school trip very fun. The cafe choices doesn't seem enough but server was really friendly and nice.
Beautiful day, much more involved experience with animals. Saw the Kiwi bird😀 we booked to go into enclosure with a lemur, the were so adorable. Clean and tidy play park for little kids, interactive activities for children of all ages. Staff so helpful and friendly. Well done to all the Zookeeper's at Wellington zoo🥇
Love this place all the monkeys are just so cute. And the giraffes are absolutely beautiful. Get up close to the kiwis as well awesome.
Beautifully nestled amongst the hills of Wellington. Animals enclosures have been upgraded for the better. Great cafe upon entry to Zoo at a reasonable price. Thoroughly enjoyed it!