Auckland Zoo – an accessible destination

Auckland zooTourism is one of the New Zealand’s largest export industries, with total tourism expenditure in the country in 2014 of NZ$23.8 billion. Tourist destinations can be made more accessible through any number of means, including better wheelchair and pram access, making information more accessible online, and catering for people with low vision or hearing loss. These features can benefit everyone. 

Changes at Auckland Zoo included putting raised bumps on handrails, allowing guide dogs in the zoo, providing mobility scooters, adjusting lighting, and putting slip guards on stairwells. Parents using pushchairs also required access and with most of the zoo’s 18,000 members owning pushchairs, it was essential to ensure they were catered for. Download the article.