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Zealandia Ecosanctuary Tours

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Zealandia Ecosanctuary
Zealandia Ecosanctuary is a unique wildlife conservation park in Karori, just minutes from central Wellington. A premier eco-attraction, the fully fenced urban project has restored much of the flora and fauna that once surrounded the city. Forest and wetlands provide habitat for more than 40 native bird species, amphibians, and reptiles.

The Basics
There are multiple ways to trace the development of New Zealand’s natural history in Zealandia. Take a guided walking tour through the predator-proof, 550-acre (225-hectare) sanctuary, home to endemic birds such as the kakariki, tui, takahe, and kaka, as well as a variety of frogs and lizards plus the rare green gecko and tuatara. Visitors can learn to spot highly endangered birds by their distinctive features, birdsong, and behaviors.

Discover what Aotearoa/New Zealand was like before human impact and see extinct species such as the moa and Haast’s eagle via multimedia exhibits. Entrance fees are typically included with bookings of small-group walking tours. Twilight tours offer visitors a chance to witness diurnal birds nesting down for the night, while nocturnal species such as the ruru (morepork) awaken. Visit after hours to experience Zealandia’s Sanctuary Valley at night, and you may glimpse the little spotted kiwi.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Zealandia is a must-visit attraction for natural-history buffs, birders, and families with children.
  • General admission is self-guided, while tours range from 1.5 to 2.5 hours in duration.
  • A significant area of the sanctuary is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
  • Refuel at the park’s café overlooking the lake; the menu is organic and sustainably sourced.

How to Get There
Located at 53 Waiapu Road, the Karori wildlife sanctuary is just over a mile (around 2 kilometers) from downtown Wellington. Buses stop at the end of the road, about a 2-minute walk from the entrance. It’s 10 minutes by taxi, 20 minutes by bike, and around 30 minutes on foot via the top of Wellington Botanic Garden. Alternatively, a free shuttle picks up Zealandia visitors from the i-SITE or the end of the Wellington Cable Car.

When to Get There

Zealandia is open daily for general admission 10am–5pm, except on Christmas Day. Last entry is at 4pm, with the exception of night tours, which depart around dusk. Twilight tours run October–March, while kids’ night tours run April–September.

Rare Sighting: Little Spotted Kiwi
Wildlife conservation and ecological restoration at Zealandia is overseen by the Karori Sanctuary Trust, which has managed to restore the only wild population of little spotted kiwi found on the mainland. With just 40 birds originally transferred from Kapiti Island starting in 2000, current estimates place the elusive and almost extinct flightless bird at more than 140 at Zealandia. Chances of seeing them or hearing their calls are best during a night tour.
Address: 53 Waiapu Road, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
Admission: Varies
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Small Group 2-Hour Eco Wildlife Tour at Zealandia

Small Group 2-Hour Eco Wildlife Tour at Zealandia

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Zealandia is the world’s first fully fenced urban eco-sanctuary and home to some of New Zealand’s most extraordinary wildlife. This 2-hour guided walking tour will introduce you to native birds such as kakariki, tui, and bellbirds; rare species like takahē; and unique reptiles including green gecko and tuatara. Entrance fees are included.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$39.01
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Zealandia - Twilight Guided Eco Wildlife Tour

Zealandia - Twilight Guided Eco Wildlife Tour

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Experience the wildlife of New Zealand in the early evening with a guided 2,5-hour tour of Zealandia, a wildlife sanctuary located on the outskirts of Wellington. This after-hours tour takes place during the most active period for many resident animals, when they transition from daytime to nighttime activity. You may observe birds returning to their nests, hear nocturnal birds waking up, and learn how the sanctuary restores native habitat.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$60.28
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Wellington Highlights Combo Tour Including Cable Car and Guided Zealandia Tour

Wellington Highlights Combo Tour Including Cable Car and Guided Zealandia Tour

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Combine a morning of sightseeing in Wellington with an afternoon visit to Zealandia, an urban ecosanctuary right in the heart of the capital. See Wellington landmarks such as the Beehive and St Paul’s Cathedral, take a ride on the Wellington Cable Car, and admire the views from the top of Mount Victoria. After lunch (own expense), enjoy a guided tour of Zealandia, learn about the ground-breaking conservation project, and spot endemic wildlife such as takahe and weka.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$81.59
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Full-Day Wellington Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour

Full-Day Wellington Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour

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Make easy work of Wellington’s hills and devise your own itinerary on this self-guided electric bike tour. Opt for a 1 or 2-day bike rental and zip between sights like the Weta Workshop, Te Papa Museum, or Zealandia Sanctuary; glide along the Wellington Waterfront; or escape the city to cycle the Rimutaka Rail Trail or take in the views from Mt Victoria.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$53.19
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