ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, Wellington

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Wildlife Area Nature / Park
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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  • We took the free shuttle from the top of the cable car to Zealandia for a brilliant afternoon! On the second floor is a fabulous free interactive museum and movie that runs for around five minutes at ...  more »
  • My husband and I spend a morning in November visiting Zealandia. We didn't do a tour, just walked around by ourselves. We saw many different kinds of birds and we were often able to find a sign for th...  more »
  • We went to Zealandia last weekend for a family outing. What an amazing place hidden in the middle of the city. Didn't realise how big it actually is. Unfortunately the weather wasn't particularly kind...  more »