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ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

#5 of 235 things to do in Wellington Features Animals
53 Waiapu Road, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
+64 4-920 9200
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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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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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“night tour” (134 reviews)
“native birds” (148 reviews)
“bird life” (130 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 yesterday via mobile

I found this place through a complimentary bus ride at the top of the cable car. This is a good place to visit if you like nature and are keen on seeing local Flora and Fauna. Some of the climbs are a little steep but...More

Thank imsolomondean
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What a wonderful place and so close to Wellington. Love that they are trying to create an eco sanctuary of just native wild life and keep out all animals introduced by Europeans. They appear to be very successful as the wildlife seem to be thriving....More

Thank Kerry T
Reviewed 2 days ago

Although not well advertised, we were very pleased to visit Zealandia and understand what NZ was about before man arrived. The staff were very informative and we enjoyed a great walk around the perimiter.

Thank Barry L
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was the most wonderful tour and I can not rave about it enough. We were guided through the sanctuary by a very knowledgeable staff who pointed out numerous birds and plant species and explained about the ecology and history of the area. The land...More

Thank Yvette W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you care about conservation, love nature or just want some time out of the city, then this can tick all your boxes. Combine world class conservation which has brought rare birds to the outskirts of the capital city with great views and a really...More

Thank martout
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visited on a weekend with 2 kids (13 and 9) on recommendation of a local. Enjoyed it so much the children insisted on going back the next day. Just a wonderful outdoor experience, lots of options for walking trails and seeing amazing birdlife, in particular...More

Thank ann144
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Zealandia is accessible either by car or by bus from the City Centre Zealandia have two main parts. First, the Old Karori Dam, which now is not operated any longer. The dam was built in 1846 in order to create freshwater reservoir for Wellington City,...More

Thank johannnindito
Reviewed 4 days ago

Went to this place purely by chance and so glad I did - need to do a lot of walking but saw so many birds but no KIWIS. Lots of places to stop for a rest and picnic areas abound. Beautiful scenery. I would visit...More

Thank jjones76b
Reviewed 4 days ago

Although I thought an extra $37.00 for the guided tour was excessive, I am glad I paid it because I saw so much more than I would have noticed if I had walked the same path alone - and it lasted 2.5 hours. The entry...More

Thank Noeline C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The outside area was beautiful. The wedding took place outside. The venue was perfect for an outdoor wedding. We had a beautiful day was actually too hot. The reception was inside. Venue was quite nice but I felt could be nicer. Was plenty of room....More

Thank 560Savita
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Lexie W
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
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
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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