Round the Zoo fence

Quick Info

  • Glimpses of Zoo animals.
  • On a hill.
  • Steps.
  • Plenty of parking in the streets and off-street carparks nearby.
  • Cafe at the Zoo.

Table of Contents

  1. Quick Info
  2. Access
  3. Facilities
  4. Description
  5. Terrain
  6. Delights
  7. Dangers
  8. Cautions
  9. Road access
  10. Location
  11. Map
  12. Photo album

Access for wheelchairs, and pushchairs

  • No — it’s steps and steep slopes all the way.


  • Rubbish bins: yes — at the Zoo entrance.
  • Toilets: in the Zoo.
  • Seats: no
  • Lighting at night: no.


Dogs aren’t allowed in Wellington Zoo, but from time to time I like to walk my dogs around the perimeter. I think it gives them interesting smells and sounds, and the glimpses of zoo animals could interest both dogs and humans. On our most recent walk one of my dogs was fascinated by the baboons.

Zoo perimeter walk - baby baboons climb the fence.

Zoo perimeter walk — baby baboons climb the fence.

We parked down by the Zoo entrance and walked a short distance up Manchester Street. Very soon what seems to be a path into the Zoo opens on the right, but go along it to follow the fence line around the outside of the Zoo.

If you miss that entrance there’s another a few metres further up Manchester street, opposite the entrance to the Owen Street off-leash area. This part of the walk goes along the Southern Walkway.

There are many steps up the hill on this Eastern side of the zoo, and then you come out into Melrose Park, which is a sports field.

Zoo walk route.

Zoo walk route.

Walk along the Zoo edge of the park and you can get some quite good views through the double wire mesh fence and into the enclosures for the Dingos, the African Wild Dogs and the baboons.

Follow round the fence to the other side of Melrose Park and you enter on to a track that climbs a little more, alongside the emu.

Before too long the track and the fence line diverge and the track enters a fairly steep downhill section under trees that’s probably a bit slippery in winter.

Carry on down and bear right until you emerge opposite one end of the Newtown Park off-leash area.

Then follow the road back to the Zoo entrance.

All up, it’s around 2.4 Km.


  • On the side of a hill.
  • Paths and tracks, with many steps, steep areas and some tree roots.
  • Water: no.


  • Views into and across the Zoo.
  • Sights, sounds and smells of the Zoo.


  • The whole of Wellington is included in the Council’s pest poisoning programme.


  • Keep your dog on the leash.
  • The track is near roads and passes through a sports field.

Road access

Access by road or foot is easy from numerous locations, and there is plenty of parking.

See page 2 of this post for a photo album.

Location (see the map)

  • Latitude: -41.322045
  • Longitude: 174.784777


See [Wellington Zoo perimeter walk on Google Maps.]