For a truly New Zealand experience, visit Wellington Zoo. You can explore Meet the Locals He Tuku Aroha, a love story to Aotearoa New Zealand, and venture into The Twilight Te Ao Mahina to meet kiwi and tuatara. Celebrating native wildlife, introduced locals and our amazing local environment, Meet the Locals He Tuku Aroha is home to a variety of animals including korora little blue penguins, sheep, kunekune pigs, bees, grand and Otago skinks and Maud Island frogs. “Meet the Locals He Tuku Aroha is a journey through New Zealand, going from the coast to the farm then the bush,” says Karen Fi eld, Wellington Zoo’s chief executive, “We want to celebrate New Zealand as it is today, and look at how we as a community can make it even better going into the future.” “Meet the Locals He Tuku Aroha is the nal project of our ten year redevelopment plan, during which time we have refreshed most of the zoo. We’ve re- opened a large part of the zoo that visitors haven’t been able to access for some time, and we’re thrilled that we can do it with Meet the Locals He Tuku Aroha, which has been a labour of love for our zoo team.” Meet the Locals He Tuku Aroha is four habitats in one, with the experience starting with the coastal habitat of the korora little blue penguins, before heading into Pohutukawa Farm where visitors will encounter kunekune pigs, sheep, eels, bees, chickens and rabbits. There are even vegetable gardens that zoo visitors can help out with – harvesting and planting (or maybe even tasting)! After the farm, zoo visitors will head into an area of regenerating native bush, complete with 4000 native plants and loads of opportunities for nature play. After exiting the bush via a swing bridge, visitors will learn all about our Conservation Champions – both champion species, and how Wellington Zoo champions conservation work around New Zealand. Zoo visitors will get the chance to see some less well known native animal locals including Maud Island frogs and grand and Otago skinks. “Meet the Locals He Tuku Aroha is the celebration of our country, our animals and people,” Karen says. ‘We have also redeveloped our nocturnal experience The Twilight Te Ao Mahina, where visitors can get close to our iconic native species, kiwi and tuatara.” Get close to New Zealand’s treasured native animals at Wellington Zoo.