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ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

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Address: 53 Waiapu Road, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
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+64 4-920 9200
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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ZEALANDIA is a heaven of tropical bliss right on the doorstep of Wellington...

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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US$ 13.30*
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Zealandia: The Exhibition and Sanctuary Valley
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US$ 48.90*
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Zealandia by Night Tour
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US$ 86.29*
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Scenic Wellington Helicopter Flight

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Lovely place to view native birds and wildlife. What a great sanctuary. ..this place is lovely to walk through. ..a terrific guide... And a great idea. Peaceful and pretty.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely place to view native birds and wildlife. What a great sanctuary. ..this place is lovely to walk through. ..a terrific guide... And a great idea. Peaceful and pretty.

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Fruitland, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Even if you don't elect to make the walking track through the sanctuary, just the exhibition hall is worth a visit. There is so much information about the flora and fauna of New Zealand as well as the geologic history and cultural history. An amazing place to visit! Be sure to check the free shuttle service schedule [from the downtown... More 

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Canberra
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Zeelandia is an excellent place to spend some time even a day! It is great for families. I believe it had wheechair access. Paths were clearly marked if not suitable for wheelchairs or mobility scooters. There are some rare birds to see and really lovely walks and liitle electric boat transports people across the lake. It is not necessary to... More 

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East Sussex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We did the Zealandia-by-day tour and our guide, Paul, couldn't have been more helpful. He spent four and a half hours with us, including lunch in the cafe afterwards and giving us a lift back into the city! He guided us around the sanctuary with knowledgable commentary and obvious enthusiasm throughout, knew where to find each species and helped us... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nature right near the city, Get away from the crowds and relax among bush, animals, birds -- nature, in other words. Great place to relax and unwind and have a snack or meal while there. Another Wellington icon.

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Tavistock, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The title of this review kept us entertained for the whole of our trip to Zealandia!!!!!!! Just a little family joke that no one else seemed to get A nice place to visit but it's quite difficult to see many species of animal, bird, reptile or insect so keep your eyes peeled.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Wow! What a fantastic place. So close to the bustling city - like a little oasis. You could spend a couple of hours hear or a whole day and even do a night visit and maybe see/hear kiwi! Started off with the boat across the old reservoir - very helpful 'captain Chris'. Wandered the many paths and saw/heard so many... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So great to see NZ natives not in a zoo. Amazing Kaka display and the seeing wild Tuatara was incredible. There are some really nice walks to suit all levels.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

How have we never been here before! Thankfully we recently saw a piece on TV about it and added it to our must visit list on a recent Wellington city break. We took our time and were rewarded with sightings of tuatara, takahe, robin and many other nz species that we love. It was nature at it's simplest but such... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Zealandia is wonderful, although some might find it expensive. I still think it's well worth it. Highlight is definitely the Takahe - you can go straight into the "enclosure" and get quite close to the two Takahe (just watch your fingers). Their keepers also give informative talks about them. Other highlight would be the tuatara if you get to see... More 

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