To see New Zealand beautiful nature, one can go to Zealandia, the famous nature preserve in Wellington. A leisurely stroll and several climbs will take you to the most breathtaking views of the green hills and lovely ponds. If you climb on top of the dam, you will see the reservoir framed by abundant trees and bushes. On your way, you will encounter all manner of birds, and may observe the takahe bird feeding. At first glance, it looks like the kiwi bird, same size, similar long beak and spatulate long feet. But the color is different, it is almost midnight-blue or purple. It comes out of the bushes, opens a feeder with its long beak, and eats, paying no attention to the tourists. When you have to pass through an enclosed gateway, the sings inform you: “Please check that nothing gets in and out with you”. There are plenty of variously-sized insects around. It is a great walk and quite a strenuous workout!
Wellington Zoo, proudly advertised as the best little zoo on the planet, is an obvious place to get acquainted with the local fauna at. It is easy to get there by bus # 10 or 23, both of which leave from the railway station. You buy the ticket on the bus. Zoo admission is $NZ 21. However, of you hope to look at many animals, you may be in for a disappointment. “Tigers & bears out at 1:45PM”, or “Meercat feeding at noon” are the signs that greet you near some enclosures. It is a beautiful area, so just walk on and look at the birds and animals that are always out! There are plenty of lizards and birds. We saw the red pandas curled up into furry balls, sleeping high above in the trees. The kangaroos preferred to rest in the shade; lots of smaller rodents scurried around. The monkeys were all out and about their business. The giraffes and the ostriches obviously did not mind the heat. The meercats gamboled around behind their glassed-in home. The elusive kiwi birds stayed in the bushes in the dark.
One can see many amazingly life-like statues of animals around, and there are lots of toys and souvenirs in the zoo shop.

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