ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, Wellington

(4.5/5 based on 1,600+ 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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  • My wife and I took the night tour and really enjoyed it. We saw a lot of unusual, and often endangered animals, and learned quite a bit. The woman who was our guide was very good and very knowledgeabl...  more »
  • Went on the night tour and was not disappointed! Saw so many amazing birds and reptiles and even an eel - didn't expect that one! We were lucky and even saw two kiwis on our tour :) Amazing sanctuary ...  more »
  • This is a wonderful venue if you want to see New Zealand Flora and Fauna in it's purest state. Great for Photography and the Bird life is absolutely wonderful. You can take a leisurely stroll for half...  more »