ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, Wellington

(4.5/5 based on 1,500+ 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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  • Zealandia is a great place to see some of New Zealand's native birds, tuatara and even weta. If you're not looking at the wildlife, the reserve is also a nice place for a walk. We went on one of the f...  more »
  • We took the free bus from the top of the cable car to get to Zealandia. A nice modern entry building provides introductory information about the sanctuary and the wildlife you may see. The small steep...  more »
  • Great place to hike and see wildlife close to the city center. Highly recommend going on one of the guided tours; you'll learn a lot about different native birds, and get to see some up close. There's...  more »