ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, Wellington
(4.5/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web)
The world's first urban eco-sanctuary, Zealandia hosts New Zealand's most endangered native animals, including tuatara, kiwi and giant wētā, all living wild just ten minutes from downtown Wellington. Visitors of all ages can enjoy hands-on learning about New Zealand's natural history, from 80 million years ago to the present day. If you prefer to venture on your own, you can explore the 225 hectare (560 acre) valley via moderate hiking trails or wheelchair-accessible paths. To gain deeper insight into the sanctuary's special ecosystem, sign up for a guided daytime, twilight, or night tour--just make sure you book in advance. A favorite of guests, the flashlight-guided night tour introduces you to the sights and sounds of the New Zealand bush, which you can only catch after the sun goes down. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Wellington holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the ZEALANDIA Sanctuary and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Zealandia is such a worthwhile experience. You need time to stroll the paths and see the wildlife. There's so much to see but you need to spend time waiting, exploring and listening. Congratulations t...  more »
  • Sanctuary is a good description! Hidden away out of sight Zealandia combines a beautiful environment with well-formed tracks, an abundance of native wildlife, a cruisy electric boat ride and cool stuf...  more »
  • Zealandia is a great nature walk. It has a pond and a boat ride that is fun and we got up close to shag nest sites. Took some great photos of them feeding their babies. The native bush and animal spec...  more »