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Zealandia: The Exhibition and Sanctuary Valley

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Spend a day at Zealandia, a premier wildlife attraction located just minutes from central Wellington. At Zealandia: The Exhibition, you’ll take a trip through natural history with an interactive state-of-the-art showcase of the moa and Haast’s eagle that once roamed New Zealand. Your admission ticket also grants you access to the Sanctuary Valley, a predator-proof 550-acre (225-hectare) eco-sanctuary and safe haven for endemic animal species, including the country’s rarest birds, reptiles and insects.
  • Admission to both ZEALANDIA: The Exhibition and Sanctuary Valley in Wellington
  • See an amazing exhibition showcasing New Zealand’s natural history and world-renowned conservation movement
  • Be amazed by the lifelike models of prehistoric and extinct animals
  • The option to join free talks provided by ZEALANDIA'S rangers daily between 12 and 3pm
  • Explore New Zealand’s native birds, reptiles and insects in Sanctuary Valley
Use your admission ticket to Zealandia — an eco-restoration facility located just 10 minutes from downtown Wellington — and discover New Zealand’s natural history at your own pace. With your visitor guide and map in hand, you have all day to explore Zealandia: The Exhibition and the Sanctuary Valley. 

At the state-of-the-art exhibit, travel through 1,000 years of ecological change to a time before humans arrived in New Zealand. Come face-to-face with prehistoric giants of the bird world via lifelike models including a 10-foot-high (3-meter) flightless moa and its fearsome predator, the Haast’s eagle. 

On the big screens, observe the changing face of New Zealand as centuries of introduced people, animals and plants disrupted ecosystems, and learn about conservation efforts toward ecological restoration at insightful ranger talks offered daily. Then step outside into the Sanctuary Valley, which supports more than 30 species of native birds and reptiles, including tuatara, saddleback, hihi and takahe.

Itinerary

Complimentary Shuttle Bus Time Table

To Zealandia from Wellington
  • i-Site: 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
  • Te Papa: 9:35am, 10:35am, 11:35am, 12:35pm, 1:35pm, 2:35pm
  • YHA: 9:40am, 10:40am, 11:40am, 12:40pm, 1:40pm, 2:40pm
  • Rydges: 9:50am, 10:50am, 11:50am, 12:50pm, 1:50pm, 2:50pm
  • Novotel: 9:55am, 10:55am, 11:55am, 12:55pm, 1:55pm, 2:55pm
  • Top Cable Car: 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm

From ZEALANDIA returning to i-Site
  • ZEALANDIA: 10:15am, 11:15am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm
Please note all times are approximate
Itinerary
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ZEALANDIA Sanctuary
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Reviews

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An adventure just getting to Zealand...
Jon C
, Feb 2018
An adventure just getting to Zealand using the town cable car and provided Zealand pickup bus at the top of the cable car hill. Cool! This place has been set up to restore this area to what New Zealand looked like centuries ago before other creatures were brought into New Zealand. A guide is worth the extra money since most of the wild life are difficult to see without trained eyes. The area is fenced in to keep in desired animals and birds and keep out potential invaders, Area seemed almost prehistoric. Lots of walking plus heat and humidity in the summer. Rode an electric motor jungle boat to the far end of the enclosed valley. Very nice.
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Visited Zealandia on 2 occasions...
Sean G
, Dec 2017
Visited Zealandia on 2 occasions. Beautiful animal sanctuary with very friendly and caring staff. Highly recommended.
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Great sights and wonderful to walk...
Methuen F
, Feb 2017
Great sights and wonderful to walk around and see everything could be signposted a bit better but that's it.
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Incredible variety of NZ's native birds...
Lukas P
, Sep 2016
Incredible variety of NZ's native birds in a pre-European i.e. mammal-free habitat!
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Spend a very enjoyable couple of hours...
Vivienne B
, Feb 2016
Spend a very enjoyable couple of hours at Zealandia, mostly in Sanctuary Valley. Unfortunately due to time we were unable to spend time in the exhibition. Shuttle Bus is free which is wonderful but unfortunately we just missed one and had to wait an hour for the next. Just make sure you get a timetable when booking so you have lots of time to enjoy this beautiful site.
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This was a beautiful park to walk...
bknute72
, Feb 2016
This was a beautiful park to walk around and view the birds as well as the forest. We took the cable car up the mountain, then the free shuttle to the park. Spent a couple hours here, could have spent many more exploring all the trails. Well worth the money.
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Truly a highlight. I'd recommend this...
Don I
, Feb 2014
Truly a highlight. I'd recommend this one to everyone.
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This was good value. The museum had an...
Joseph W
, Jan 2014
This was good value. The museum had an excellent display of NZ flora and fauna and the walk around the park very interesting.The free shuttle there and back made it an excellent way of understanding NZ
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A nice and interesting trip. I didn't...
Kuin L
, Jun 2012
A nice and interesting trip. I didn't allow enough time on this occasion. I will allow more time on the next occasion.
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Météo déplorable ce qui nous a obligé à...
Jean-Marie D
, Mar 2015
Météo déplorable ce qui nous a obligé à abandonner notre visite au bout de quelques minutes. Mon conseil : a faire selon la météo et à décider à J-1.

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