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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  • Good walk too Free bus goes from city near information centre Well worth the trip $18pp m We had lunch at the cafe too - supporting the wildlife ! 
  • It's hard to describe how amazing this place is. They have taken a huge urban park and are returning it to its original pre-historic state of plant and animal life (which will take 500 years). We took...  more »
  • Had a wonderful day out with my partner at Zelandia. Great to spend a few hours in relative peace and quiet walking around the reserve. Has a great cafe too reward yourself on the way back ! Would rec...  more »