5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

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  • Location:Wellington, New Zealand
  • Duration:2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Zealandia by Night Tour

Gain entry to Zealandia at night and take a guided tour of Zealandia: The Exhibition, which showcases New Zealand’s natural history. Interact with a life-size model moa and Haast’s eagle — both extinct — and learn about the country’s conservation efforts to preserve other native species. Located just minutes from central Wellington, Zealandia includes a night tour of Sanctuary Valley, a fenced eco-sanctuary and safe haven for endemic animal and bird species such as the nocturnal little spotted kiwi.


  • Nighttime visit to Zealandia in Wellington
  • Guided tour of Zealandia: The Exhibition
  • State-of-the-art interactive facility
  • Lifelike models of extinct animals
  • See rare native New Zealand animals in their natural habitat
  • Search for elusive kiwi and the many other nocturnal animals as your guide leads you through the Sanctuary Valley in the dark

What You Can Expect

Zealandia by Night Tour


Discover New Zealand’s natural history on a nighttime visit to Zealandia, an eco-restoration facility just 10 minutes from downtown Wellington. Find your way there for a 2.5-hour guided tour that includes Zealandia: The Exhibition and Sanctuary Valley.

Get a firsthand look at prehistoric beasts and other endemic native animals that once roamed the islands. At the state-of-the-art exhibit, you can interact with lifelike models of the now-extinct moa — giant flightless birds — and a fearsome predator: the Haast’s eagle.

After learning about these long-lost giants of the bird world, be riveted by a light and sound show that takes you through at least 1,000 years of change. Then walk through a predator-proof fence into the Sanctuary Valley, listening for birdsong in the 550-acre (225-hectare) eco-sanctuary. Follow your guide in search of nocturnal creatures such as the kaka, weta, tuatara and the elusive kiwi as you make your way by flashlight. 

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We saw 4 kiwi. I work with a girl from NZ, she hasn't even seen that many in real life! Great experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Would highly recommend if you want to see Kiwi's. That was what I was going for and it worked out quite well! Saw some other birds and stuff as well but you could also see them during the day I guess. Also got a discount for the day time after doing the tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Super tour. We had a fabulous guide, very knowledgeable. So thrilled to see 4 Kiwi!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

This was a wonderful experience. We only met one kiwi but to see one in the wild was amazing! Have already recommended toe trip to several travellers that we have met along the way!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2012

We loved our visit to Zealandia. There were only a few in our group and the guide was wonderful. We learned about their efforts to preserve the unique species of the island. We saw kiwis in two different areas plus tuatara, Takahe, and many others. Would highly recommend the night tour of the sanctuary.

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

Great evening tour. Saw several birds including a kiwi and glow worms, eels etc. this is a wonderful project for all of NZ.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2012

The vision for Zealandia is superb. I found the introduction and film a trifle long, being keen to get into the valley among the birds. I would liked to have been able to sit down and listen quietly to the sounds of the bush sounds at some point(s). Otherwise it was an amazing experience; after 67 years I saw a kiwi hunting in the wild.

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