ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, Wellington

4.6
#1 of 55 in Parks in Wellington
Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
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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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  • An oasis close to Wellington, this bit of forest is a calming relaxing afternoon of birdsong and hiking. Well maintained trails that go for kilometers, information boards about all the rare birds and....  more
    An oasis close to Wellington, this bit of forest is a calming relaxing afternoon of birdsong and hiking. Well maintained trails that go for kilometers, information boards about all the rare birds and....  more »
  • This is a "must do" experience an we could easily have spent all day at this place. An electric shuttle bus takes you from the top of the cable car direct to the door but note that the bus is taken.....  more
    This is a "must do" experience an we could easily have spent all day at this place. An electric shuttle bus takes you from the top of the cable car direct to the door but note that the bus is taken.....  more »
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  • Awesome tramping paths. Fantastic wildlife and they are not shy to show off for a few pictures. We'll worth the trip out there. The request for a donation at counter whilst purchasing access tickets is off putting, as we are all affected by the Pandemic. In fact sites like these should actually consider lowering ticket prices for locals to make it accessible thereby helping them stay afloat.
  • Loved Zealandia. The Takahe for me was the definite highlight. The walking was easy although there's a few challenging sections but the trails are well explained. I wish I had enough time to do the night tour! Maybe next time. The only sour part of our experience was the beginning at the welcome desk. As soon as we paid she turned around without much of explanation. We thought perhaps she was getting us a map but a quick run down of what the attractions are, what we could do, and the bag check area process would have been helpful. Other than that, we were very pleased with our experience. We look forward to going back again sometime in the future.

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