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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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Zealandia: The Exhibition and Sanctuary Valley
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Zealandia by Night Tour
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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... read more

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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 and informative story tellers. They engaged in Maori legends, medical uses for plants and interesting... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We decided to visit Zealandia Sanctuary during the open weekend, there are lots of different tracks and places to explore and wildlife to be seen. I would recommend wearing suitable walking shoes and wrapping up warm.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We've been here a few times. Its about $20 I think to get in, but you can stay as long as you like. We always take a picnic and a blanket as there is lots of places to sit and eat. There's lots of nature and insects, lizards and birds to see. You probably need a couple of hours at... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Zealand's is the oldest and in my opinion the best of New Zealand's onshore island sanctuaries. We took the option of a guided your and while much of the information imparted was not new to us as kiwis it was comprehensive and well presented. It is obvously a successful venture judging by the number of native birds flying about especially... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The sanctuary is a beautiful place with a lot of hard work and passion put into it. With no pests around the native birds have a place to thrive. The birdsong is unlike anywhere else. It is a lot of walking so be prepared and best on a clear day.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Huge numbers of New Zealanders don't even know this place exists - shocking! Truly the most amazing place to visit for New Zealand native birdsong. Maybe because it was September (Spring) and the birds were much more vocal in finding mates....I don't know for sure but I have never heard birdsong like it in any of our forests. Wonderful to... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Visited Zealandia today - wonderful ecosanctuary with an interesting history. Took the free guided tour at 2 pm, our guide Andrew (a volunteer like most of the personnel at Zealandia) gave a most informative and fun tour - nearly 2 hours as we walked through the forest stopping to view the wonderful bird-life and variety of plants and trees.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Step in to the past and see first hand what New Zealand's bird and wildlife was like before mammal predators. Fenced off from rats, stoats and other nasties, you can explore hectares of bush where the birdlife is flourishing and the Tuatara (little mini dinosaurs) roam free. Get lost in the lush leaves or visit the local Weta (not so... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a guided walk this is more money and optional but well worth it, the knowledge of the guide was brilliant and we would have missed so much if we hadn't had him with us (there was just us 2 on the tour) The bird life and the views are just stunning.

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Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My plea - BIRDS LET YOU WATCH THEM UP CLOSE ONLY IF YOU ARE QUIET. BIRDS FLY AWAY AND HIDE UP HILL TO AVOID NOISE - TIP - DON'T GET TOO EXCITED AND START YELLING WHEN YOU SEE A BIG BIRD! I enjoyed the bush walk and the bird calls (real and recorded). Best time to go would be early... More 

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