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. 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 now offers guided day tours that take about 2 hours. The tour covers the history of the Sanctuary before it became a sanctuary and some brief relevant history of its role in Wellington where...  more »
  • I really enjoyed my time at Zealandia Sanctuary. It is a great place to walk around and be one with nature. The views are stunning. I hope their efforts work!  more »
  • It s a magical place with plants and animals native of NZ you ll never see anywhere else around the 2 islands . Great walk.  more »

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