Welcome to the online home of The Nest Te Kōhanga. Wellington Zoo's animal hospital and centre for native wildlife, the largest and most ambitious project in Wellington Zoo’s history. Here you’ll find out everything you need to know about how this amazing facility is helping to improve the lives of animals here at the Zoo, around Wellington and beyond.

What’s it all about?

Inside this fantastic facility, our veterinary team have all the latest state-of-the-art equipment they need to help them continue to administer first-class care here at the Zoo. The Nest Te Kōhanga contains many enclosures and a salt water pool, meaning we can treat almost every type of animal here; our giraffes, as they are a little on the tall side, will continue to safely receive treatment in their enclosures.

What can you see here?

There are plenty of exciting things for visitors to see at The Nest Te Kōhanga.

Each of the facility’s main surgical rooms features a viewing gallery, offering you a unique first-hand glimpse of our veterinary team delivering first-class animal care using state-of-the-art equipment.

All animal check-ups and operations between 10am–4pm each day will be on display, and the Zoo team will provide expert step-by-step commentary on live procedures twice daily. Children can also enjoy playing on a sculpture at the site created by Wellington’s Weta Workshop.

Experience it!

The Nest Te Kōhanga is an amazing opportunity to learn more about how the Zoo cares for animals up close in a real working environment. What makes it really exciting is that no two days will ever be alike, so there will always be something new for you to experience. So make sure you check in with our vets as soon as possible!

Support it!

Tumbleweed Tees are an awesome New Zealand company working to support conservation in New Zealand by donating a portion of some of their products to conservation. 

When you purchase the popular adult Kiwi t-shirt, Tumbleweed Tees will donate $5 to support the conservation work of The Nest Te Kōhanga!