There is a big road trip ahead for a giraffe travelling down the North Island today.

Auckland Zoo is driving Zuri, a one year old giraffe, down to join Wellington Zoo's mother and daughter giraffes, Tisa and Zahara.

It'll be a long trip for Zuri, with the drive set to take at least 12 hours.

Wellington Zoo's Libby Callander says it's a hugely difficult task.

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She says both zoos' animal welfare teams have worked out the logistics to make the trip as smooth as possible.

Auckland Zoo has driven a giraffe to Hamilton before, but never as far as Wellington.