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ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

#5 of 234 things to do in Wellington Features Animals
53 Waiapu Road, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
+64 4-920 9200
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Zealandia: The Exhibition and Sanctuary Valley
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Zealandia by Night Tour
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ZEALANDIA is a heaven of tropical bliss right on the doorstep of Wellington City. Affectionately referred to as a hidden gem ZEALANDIA received international acclaim for the groundbreaking predator free 8.6km fence. Since the completion of the fence in 1999 ZEALANDIA has brought a number of native birds, reptiles and wildlife back from the brink of extinction where they now roam freely through the 225 hectare valley. A visit to ZEALANDIA is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and a must for anyone visiting Wellington. There are a number treks to saunter, suitable for any fitness level. Alternatively step back in time with our interactive exhibition center or take a load off at the atmospheric Rata Café.
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“native birds” (146 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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53 Waiapu Road, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
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+64 4-920 9200
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Reviewed 4 days ago

If you have a relatively relax day and no where else to go; go to Zealandia. Spend a whole day here; walk around. take in the views. It's just so calming & beautiful. Easy walks too. great place for the kids!

Thank zirahothman
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love Zealandia. You get get close to a takahe (a big blue bird with a redneck), tuatara (ancient lizards) and walk through peaceful bush for kilometres. It's a great day out to just wander the paths, listening for birds or trying to spot tuatara...More

Thank Tracie A
Reviewed 1 week ago

A predator-proof bird sanctuary that has led to a great increase in the NZ native bird population in Wellington. Also has Tuataras (ancient living reptiles). 1/2 hour walk from the cable car, 10 mins from the #3 bus.

Thank David G
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the free shuttle from the top of the cable car to Zealandia for a brilliant afternoon! On the second floor is a fabulous free interactive museum and movie that runs for around five minutes at the top and bottom of the hour. Also...More

Thank JD_SLC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I spend a morning in November visiting Zealandia. We didn't do a tour, just walked around by ourselves. We saw many different kinds of birds and we were often able to find a sign for the birds that we just saw so...More

Thank Mallory M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Zealandia last weekend for a family outing. What an amazing place hidden in the middle of the city. Didn't realise how big it actually is. Unfortunately the weather wasn't particularly kind to us, so ended up cutting our visit a little short.....still...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited for about 3 hours. Absolutely fantastic bird and animal sanctuary. Really incredible walks, could have spent even longer there. Some great exhibitions such as the goldmine. Great to finally see Takahe with so little numbers left. Thoroughly recommend but allow plenty of time.

Thank BigRedDogWgtn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We caught the free shuttle from the iSite in the city. The layout is great and there are so many birds to see. Beautiful place! Well worth the visit. The educational video at the beginning is worthwhile too.

Thank DanielleLace
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Here the sanctuary protect some of the endangered NZ species. It's great to see so much effort put into looking after these gems.. great for the kids and very very interesting for the inquisitive adults

Thank Cameron P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow! What a stunning place. If you are a bird nerd, a nature lover or just want to get out and about. It is easy to get to on the bus. And the location is absolutely beautiful. The education team are amazing! They are passionate...More

Thank Teschna C
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Lexie W
Is there a parking space for cars?
7 May 2017|
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Response from BluePoppyNZ | Reviewed this property |
yes. spaces big enough for campervan so too
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RogerBorchers
Should I go there if it is raining?
10 March 2017|
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Response from Liam E | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you could still go if raining but would advise being dressed for the conditions as it is very much so being in nature. Expect that it will be muddy as well.
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Audrey B
I know kiwis are nocturnal, but is it possible to see them at all during the day? Or is it definitely better to go with the night tour to spot them? If visiting during the day, is the guided tour worth it or would wandering in the park by ourselves give us access to the same areas?
23 February 2017|
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Response from 337alliep | Reviewed this property |
Wandering by yourself in the park should give you access to all of the same places, I think. About the kiwis: They are definitely only active at night, but if you don't want to go on an evening tour, you might want to try... More
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