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. Put ZEALANDIA Sanctuary on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Wellington vacation maker site .
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  • Extremely knowledgeable staff who were all helpful and happy to answer my idiot questions! I was loaned a mobility scooter which was so very thoughtful. Lots of birds but not always easy to see them.  more »
  • We did a guided day tour of this preservation area, which we highly recommend. The sanctuary can be reached using a free shuttle that runs from downtown -- and comes back until 5:00pm. Our guide was a...  more »
  • This is unlike any zoo anywhere. Instead of having caged animals on our land, Zealandia is a massive fenced in area (over 550 acres) that we humans enter to experience the wildlife in their natural ha...  more »

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