ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, Wellington

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#1 of 53 in Parks in Wellington
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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  • It's really not far from the city and yet it seems so far removed. A great place to enjoy a bush walk and explore the ins and outs of NZ fauna and flora. Enjoyed a great walk with a great guide.  more »
  • Nice 3 hours looking around and seeing the natural wildlife. The view from the dam stunning as you walk across it. Lots of trails and things to keep the kids happy.  more »
  • I walked many of the tramping paths in Zealandia over a 2 day period. They went through a range of terrains with enough to keep me interested. I came across a pair of Takahē in a remote section of the...  more »
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