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Minibeasts Behind the Scenes

Minibeasts Behind the Scenes

Minibeasts Behind the Scenes

Invisibility! Regeneration! Super strength and size! Invertebrates are the superheroes of the animal world.  You can learn all about their amazing powers at our Minibeasts Behind the Scenes Experience at Wellington Zoo.


Go behind the scenes at our invertebrate house, Hero HQ and an expert Zoo Keeper will introduce you to some of nature's most marvellous, and misunderstood
animals.  As you are guided around the space you'll be able to see amazing creatures up close including Scorpions, Goliath Stick Insects and Millipedes. Have you ever wondered how we do a health check on a Tarantula?


Hear all about their super powers and why they're so important to their ecosystem.  You'll never look at these important little guys the same way again!


You'll also learn how your Behind the Scenes Experience helps Wellington Zoo in our conservation work.  10% of proceeds from all animal experiences help us save wildlife and wild places through projects supported by the Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund.


"I couldn’t rate this highly enough. The zoo keeper knows his stuff and is super passionate about what he does which only elevated the experience for me. Really informative and definitely worth while." - James 

"It was an amazing experience and one I would highly recommend to any lover of creatures that have more than 4 legs. [Dave's] knowledge and passion for the animals in your care made the experience extremely enjoyable, fascinating, and educational." - Cat


Minibeasts Behind the Scenes Experience Details:

Age:  6 years old and up.  Anyone under 14 will need to be accompanied by a paying and participating adult on the experience.

Time: 2:30pm Friday, Saturdays and Sundays. Participants must arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of their scheduled encounter time.

Cost: $99.00 per person, including free Zoo entry.

10% discount for all Zoo Crew Members.

Participants: Maximum of 4 people per experience.  Enclosed footwear must be worn.

Duration: 30 minutes.

Please note our Hero HQ facility is designed to provide the best environment for the animals, which means it is quite hot and humid. Please make sure you will be able to enjoy the experience in these conditions - contact us if you have any concerns.  There will be space to leave bags and coats before entering the facility.

Please note that participants will not have physical contact with any live animals on this experience.

Bookings: Please book in advance.  If you want to give someone else this amazing experience, you can buy a Gift Card which the lucky recipient can redeem when they make their booking.

Terms and Conditions: Full
terms and conditions for this experience are available on the booking page.

  • Duration : 30 Minutes (approx.)
From NZD $99.00

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Sun Bear Behind the Scenes

Sun Bear Behind the Scenes

Sun Bear Behind the Scenes Experience

NEW EXPERIENCE – BOOKINGS OPEN NOW

Go Behind the Scenes and meet Sasa the Sun Bear and the team who care for her!

You will be taken into our Sun Bear den to get an up close look at how we take care of Sasa. For everyone’s safety our Zoo Keepers have protected contact with Sasa, which means that they don’t work with her in a hands-on manner.

Sun Bears are super intelligent and Sasa is no exception. Learn how Sasa works with our Zoo Keepers during her daily health checks and see for yourself just how loooong a Sun Bear’s tongue is! Create some fun enrichment for Sasa to enjoy and get an up close view of her sharp claws and distinctive sun markings.

You’ll also learn how your experience helps Wellington Zoo to save Sun Bears and the wild places they come from. 10% of proceeds from all Animal Experiences help us save wildlife and wild places through the Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund.

One of the projects supported is Free the Bears, who work to save Sun Bears in South East Asia.

You’ll never forget your Sun Bear Behind the Scenes experience, and the privilege of getting close to such a rare and beautiful animal.  


Sun Bear Behind the Scenes Experience Details:


Age: 14 years old and up. Anyone aged 14 – 17 will need to be accompanied by a paying and participating adult on the experience

Time: 12:30pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Participants must arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of their scheduled encounter time.

Cost: $159 per person including free Zoo entry

Participants: Maximum of 2 people per experience.

Duration: 30 minutes

Please note that participants will not have physical contact with Sasa.

If you want to give someone else this amazing experience, you can buy a Gift Voucher which the lucky recipient can redeem when they make their booking.

Terms and Conditions: Full terms and conditions for this experience are available on the booking page.

  • Duration : 30 Minutes (approx.)
From NZD $159.00

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Zoo Keeper for a Day – Carnivores & Minibeasts

Zoo Keeper for a Day – Carnivores & Minibeasts

Become a Zoo Keeper for a Day and join our Carnivore and Minibeasts teams!

Here’s your chance to learn what it’s really like to be a Zoo Keeper! You’ll spend an exciting day with a real Wellington Zoo Keeper ‘on-section,’ helping them to provide the best possible care to the animals who call Wellington Zoo home. Your day will include behind-the-scenes access to staff and animal areas and helping to carry out real, daily animal care tasks. You can look forward to helping with feeding and cleaning, and of course getting a closer look at some incredible animals!

This in-depth experience is available for just one or two participants at a time, so you’ll also have plenty of time to ask all the questions you have about how Zoo Keeping works. 

A Zoo Keeper’s day looks different every day, so no experience will be exactly the same. On a Carnivores & Reptiles experience, you may be set to work filling in Meerkat tunnels while they scamper around you, throwing some biscuits to the Otter brothers or watching Goliath Bird Eating Tarantulas get some lunch!  


Age: 18 years and older. For kids 12 years old and under, check out our Holiday Programme!

Time: Fridays 8:30am – 1:30pm (5 hour duration including 30 min break)

Cost: $499 per person, or $449 per person if you book two people together on the same experience. 

Includes morning tea and Zoo Entry. Zoo Crew members save 10% when booking for one participant. Booking fees apply. 

Participants: Maximum of 2 participants on each of the experience options

Clothing: You must come prepared with appropriate shoes and clothing for the day, like what you’d wear for tramping or working outside. This includes sturdy enclosed shoes, long pants, a hat, and wet weather gear if appropriate. You will be provided with additional information after booking. 

Accessibility and fitness: This is an immersive, full-day experience and requires a moderate level of fitness as there is a lot of walking involved, some uneven surfaces and activities such as cleaning or shovelling. Unfortunately, this experience is not wheelchair accessible.  

Health and safety: Participants must comply with all health and safety directions as per the terms and conditions, and any communications from Zoo staff throughout the experience. Physical contact with animals may or may not occur on this experience and inclusion of any particular animals is not guaranteed. 

Terms and conditions: Full terms and conditions for this experience are available on the booking page. Please read these fully and carefully before booking your experience as these will help you decide if this experience is for you. 

If you have any further questions about participating, please get in touch by phone or email.


  • Duration : 5 Hours (approx.)
From NZD $499.00

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Zoo Keeper for a Day – Herbivores, Birds & Primates

Zoo Keeper for a Day – Herbivores, Birds & Primates

Become a Zoo Keeper for a Day and join our Herbivore, Bird and Primate teams!

Here’s your chance to learn what it’s really like to be a Zoo Keeper! You’ll spend an exciting day with a real Wellington Zoo Keeper ‘on-section,’ helping them to provide the best possible care to the animals who call Wellington Zoo home. Your day will include behind-the-scenes access to staff and animal areas and helping to carry out real, daily animal care tasks. You can look forward to helping with feeding and cleaning, and of course getting a closer look at some incredible animals!

This in-depth experience is available for just one or two participants at a time, so you’ll also have plenty of time to ask all the questions you have about how Zoo Keeping works. 

A Zoo Keeper’s day looks different every day, so no experience will be exactly the same. With the Herbivores, Birds & Primates teams, you may find yourself feeding a group of hungry Kororā Little Blue Penguins, taking a Kune Kune pig for a walk or making behavioural enrichment for the curious Lemurs!


Age: 18 years and older. For kids 12 years old and under, check out our Holiday Programme!

Time: Fridays 8:30am – 1:30pm (5 hour duration including 30 min break)

Cost: $499 per person, or $449 per person if you book two people together on the same experience. 

Includes morning tea and Zoo Entry. Zoo Crew members save 10% when booking for one participant. Booking fees apply. 

Participants: Maximum of 2 participants on each of the experience options

Clothing: You must come prepared with appropriate shoes and clothing for the day, like what you’d wear for tramping or working outside. This includes sturdy enclosed shoes, long pants, a hat, and wet weather gear if appropriate. You will be provided with additional information after booking. 

Accessibility and fitness: This is an immersive, full-day experience and requires a moderate level of fitness as there is a lot of walking involved, some uneven surfaces and activities such as cleaning or shovelling. Unfortunately, this experience is not wheelchair accessible.  

Health and safety: Participants must comply with all health and safety directions as per the terms and conditions, and any communications from Zoo staff throughout the experience. Physical contact with animals may or may not occur on this experience and inclusion of any particular animals is not guaranteed. 

Terms and conditions: Full terms and conditions for this experience are available on the booking page. Please read these fully and carefully before booking your experience as these will help you decide if this experience is for you. 

If you have any further questions about participating, please get in touch by phone or email.


  • Duration : 5 Hours (approx.)
From NZD $499.00

Enter Number of Participants *

Choose a Time *

Book Now