Wellington Zoo is a 13 hectare zoo park in the Wellington suburb of Newtown.
The Zoo was opened in 1906 by then Prime Minister Richard Seddon after he was gifted a young lion and has since grown to a park that now boasts over 100 different species from around the world.
The Zoo is open daily, except for Christmas Day, from 9.30am to 5pm. Last entry is at 4.15pm. Adults are $21, Children (4-14) are $10.50. There is $16 concession available to students, seniors, community service cardholders and YHA members.
The zoo is less than ten minutes drive from the city. There is limited free parking onsite. The No. 10 bus from Wellington Railway Station and the No. 23 bus from Mairangi via Kelburn and Lambton Quay stop near the zoo.
Like all zoos, Wellington Zoo offers various daily zoo kepper talks. I attended talks on monkeys, giraffes, vet clinic and a bird show in the Wild Theatre.
The Zoo also offers Close Encounters were visitors can get up close and personal with animals. The Zoo offers encounters with cheetahs, lions, giraffe, red panda, meerkats and lemurs. Prices start from $95 per person.
After visiting the Zoo visitors can check out the shop, which includes paintings by chimpanzee Jesse.
200 Daniell Street, Newtown
9.30am to 5pm, daily