ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, Wellington

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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. Put ZEALANDIA Sanctuary on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Wellington vacation maker site .
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  • October 13, 2017
    Hubby and I together with some extended family took the cable car up to the Botanical Gardens to catch the free shuttle bus to the Eco-sanctuary Zealandia. It was quite busy as there was a planned wal...  more »
  • October 12, 2017
    Booked on the night tour starting just before sunset. Caught the #3 bus from cbd for $3.50/$2. Amazing to hear the history of this valley and the improvements in bird numbers year by year. Saw gloworm...  more »
  • October 11, 2017
    Did a tour with Manuela as our guide- very knowledgeable and a pleasure to chat to. My aunty struggles with walking long distances so she was allowed to use the mobility scooter free of charge - made ...  more »

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