ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, Wellington

#1 of 58 in Parks in Wellington
Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
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 Ecosanctuary on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Wellington vacation maker site.
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  • This was an incredible place. Very well set up. The trails were well formed with many different options depending on your time, fitness levels and wants for the visit. Saw a range of birds over the...  more »
  • Zealandia is not to be missed by both tourists and locals alike. For those who enjoy native birds and tuatara set in their natural environments, protected from predators so they can thrive, this is...  more »
  • One of my best memories and activity in Wellington. Photos do not do this place justice ! I attended the dawn tour with the family and found the tour informative. We took a relaxing walk in the sanctuary and because it’s a tour after hour, we have the place all to ourselves. Also extremely grateful and lucky to be able to see kiwi towards the end of the tour. Highly recommend this place for everyone who is visiting Wellington!
  • Beautiful place with lots of New Zealand’s floral and birds. I had a very nice time walking around Zealandia and enjoy the vibes.
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