Last weekend it was gold coin entry ($1 or $2) into the zoo and into the Zealandia nature reserve. I went to the zoo on Saturday, and Zealandia on Sunday. I managed to escape the rain, though it did rain later on. The days were glowering, dull, dark.
I love hiking around the bushland in Zealandia. Zealandia is huge, and completely fenced in. Apparently it has the longest predator-free fence in a nature reserve of its size in the world. There are tracks that take hours to walk, with so many birds warbling.
There's a man-made lake. It was Wellington's original reservoir. There are free buses every hour from Visitor Information, Te Papa Museum, and from the top of the cable car in Kelburn. There is a fee to get into both Zealandia and the zoo.
below: on one of the bridges.
below: the cheeky kea birds have learnt to press a pedal to open the lid of a feed dish.