The Wellington Zoo was the second place we hit on our family trip and the first place we went to on Saturday morning. This was our kids first experience with anything other than a farmyard petting zoo. Well Celine has been to the Auckland Zoo as well but not since she was about 2 years old so I doubt she remembers anything about it.
My First Thoughts About Wellington Zoo
The first thing I noted was that Wellington Zoo have worked very hard to turn each enclosure into a decent and natural looking habitat. While there were some very obvious cage like features. They have tried to minimise it as much as possible without risking any danger to the public or the animals themselves.
The second thing I noticed was how much interactive things they had around the zoo for the kids. There were big puzzles to do. Buttons to push. Things to climb on and play with. And it was all scattered around the zoo to keep things interesting rather than all in one place.
The third thing I noticed, was that there were a lot more exotic animals at Wellington Zoo than I ever remember seeing at the Auckland Zoo. I had never seen a real Tasmanian Devil or a Cheetah or a Sun Bear before. They didn’t have them in the Auckland Zoo as far as I can remember. However, there are animals at the Auckland Zoo that Wellington didn’t have either. Such as Elephants and Zebras. So I guess that’s fair.
The last interesting thing of note is the veterinary clinic. Wellington Zoo have opened the surgery clinic to the public by having a glass wall for the public to look in and a camera focused close up on the surgery that shows on a television. The surgeon talks into a microphone attached to their collar explaining to the public everything they are doing and there is a button that the public to press to ask them a question about what they are doing, that they will answer.
The Important Details
General admission is $24 for an adult and $12 for a child. Children under 3 years old are free. There are group pricing of $47 for one adult and three children or $69 for two adults and three children. The Wellington Zoo is open from 9:30 am to 5 pm and they are open every day except Christmas Day.