ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, Wellington

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.5/5 based on 1,300+ 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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  • New Zealand has very few native animals and even out of them most are endangered species. During the guided tour I learned that New Zealand natively had never had mammals or snakes until the english s...  read more »
  • Put this on your "To Do" list for your trip to Wellington! It is a fabulous place to experience New Zealand as it was before humans came. There is a free shuttle from the iSite in downtown Wellington ...  read more »
  • Took my parents one drizzly afternoon. Many options for different degrees of fitness but you still get a great sense of the different birds around. Saw some native NZ birds I hadn't seen before. Best ...  read more »
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