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9 Family Friendly Things To Do In Wellington

9 family friendly things to do in Wellington for when you are looking for a fun activity!

Wellington Zoo

A day at Wellington Zoo is something fun for the whole family. This zoo really cares about connecting people with animals and are a carbon zero certified zoo.

A tiger at Wellington Zoo, family friendly activity
Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo offers close encounters with a number of different animals, my son and I have actually done the cheetah encounter which was an amazing experience! My partner and daughter did the red panda encounter, they are so cute! I would love to go back and perhaps do the lion and giraffe encounters.

A cheetah lying down at Wellington Zoo
Our cheetah encounter

I typically spend about 3 or 4 hours at the zoo wondering around as we tend to spend longer amount of time at our favorite animals, and we also like to stop and listen to the animal talks at certain times of the day as the animals come nice and close as the zoo keeper always has some treats for them. Great photo opportunity!

There are two cafes, a shop to buy souvenirs from and even an animal hospital called The Nest where you can watch the vets and zoo keepers perform medical checks on the animals.

Around the zoo, there are 3 playgrounds where you can sit down, play and have a picnic and a bit of a rest.

Don’t forget to take a bottle of water, a sun hat and wear good walking shoes. Everyone will love this family friendly day out!

For more information, click on the following link

Address – 200 Daniel Street, Newtown, Wellington

Ticket prices are –

$27.00 for an adult

$12 for a child

They also offer family passes which might work out cheaper for you.

For information on how to get to the zoo visit this link –

Mt Victoria Lookout

Head up for a walk to the Mount Victoria Lookout for some spectacular 360 degree views of Wellington city!

Mount Victoria Lookout sign
Mt Victoria Lookout

Take your camera as it’s a great place to take some amazing photos.

There are 4 main walk ways to get to the top of the hill and back to the city.

Remember to take a snack with you, a bottle of water and wear comfortable walking shoes.

For more information about Mount Victoria, you can read my post about it here

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Te Papa is New Zealand’s national museum. Te Papa means ‘Our place’.

The Britten motorbike at the Te Papa Museum, family friendly activity
One of the exhibits at Te Papa

You can expect to spend quite a few hours there exploring and looking around the many exhibitions. Amongst a children’s activity room, there is also a cafe and a souvenir shop available downstairs.

The museum is in the city center.

Address – 55 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011

Free entry

For more information check out this link

Definitely a family friendly day out!

Visit Zealandia

Zealandia is a fully fenced wildlife sanctuary here in Wellington.

You will see native birds such as the tūī, kākā and kererū, as well as tuatura and the little spotted kiwi.

Again, make sure you wear comfortable shoes for walking through the forests.

Address – 53 Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington 6012

A free shuttle can pick you up and drop you back off from the I-Site by the Cable Car or you can actually take the cable car there which is a fun ride.

Tickets –

Adults: $22 Children (ages 5 – 17): $10

For more information, visit this website –

The Weta Cave

If you are a fan of the Lord of The Rings movies, then this one is for you!

Before you enter, you are greeted by great big trolls!

You will see displays of movie memorabilia that was designed by Weta digital, prop replicas (some of them are for sale), sculptures, art, collectables, books and jewelry. There is a documentary which you can sit down and watch and they also have guided tours available.

Take the Miramar Bus number 2 to get there.

Address – 1 Weka Street, Miramar

Opening hours are 9.30 AM – 4.00 PM (Monday – Sunday).

For more information click this link

Seal Coast Safari

Go on a 4 wheel drive safari to see the seals on the southern coastline!

Experience the amazing views and wind turbine farm, stop and have something to eat and a coffee and then have the guaranteed opportunity to see the fur seals up close.

The duration is around 3 hours. Wear comfortable walking shoes and take a camera, bottle of water, sunblock and a sun hat in the summer time, but in winter, make sure to take a good waterproof jacket, warm hat and gloves as it gets mighty windy.

Cost – Adults $145 Children $72.50

Address – 145 Wakefield Street, Wellington 6011

For more information and to make a booking, visit –

Visit The Botanic Gardens

Go and visit the Wellington Botanic Gardens and see all the beautiful flowers, feed the ducks in the duck pond, take a picnic or have a bite to eat at the Picnic cafe.

The Wellington Cable car going up the hill, family friendly activity
The cable car heading to the Botanical Gardens

Explore all the walk ways and let the kids play in the big playground.

You can read more about the botanic gardens in my previous post here

Head To Staglands

If you are keen to go for a bit of a drive, about an hour, then head to the wildlife reserve in Upper Hutt called Staglands.

A peacock with it's feathers fanned out
A peacock

Buy some animal food as you enter and explore all the friendly animals including deer, goats, horses, birds, eels and trout. Just watch out for the cheeky goats and deer that try to take your food!

Feeding a rabbit at Staglands, a family friendly activity
Feeding a rabbit
A goat with baby goats, Staglands, a family friendly activity
The cheeky goats

Then relax and have some lunch and an ice cream at the cafe.

For more information, check out this link –

Address – 2362 Akatarawa Road, Akatarawa Valley, Upper Hutt 5372

Open every day 9.30 – 5pm

Cost – $24 for adults and $12 for children

Hire Croc Bikes

Head down to the waterfront and hire yourselves a Croc Bike!

Croc bikes on the waterfront, family friendly activity
Croc bikes

Bike around Oriental Bay Parade and enjoy the stunning views of the harbor. You can hire 3 person or 6 person bikes.

For more information on the Croc Bikes, read my previous post here

I hope you enjoyed my guide to the 8 family friendly things to do in Wellington!

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  1. Oh what a great timing! We are looking to move to NZ and this is sooo helpful! I love your city. Looking forward to more recommendations.

    1. Wow! That’s amazing Sheila! I am sure you will love it here!

  2. The only place I haven’t been is Weta studio, next time I go to Wellington definitely will check it out! Thanks for the information.

    1. Oh yes, the Weta Studios and Weta Cave are a must for Lord Of The Rings fans!

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