Zealandia, previously known as the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, is a protected ecosystem designed to restore the original 'bird land' that New Zealand was before the arrival of humans from Polynesia around 800 years ago

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Zealandia by Night Tour

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 2 hours 30 minutes

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Wellington: Zealandia Night Tour, Exhibit & Sanctuary

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 2.5 hour

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Explore the eco-sanctuary at night with an experienced guide by torchlight. Zealandia is one of the ...

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Wellington: 2-Hour Guided Zealandia Walking Tour

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Enjoy all the sights and sounds of Zealandia during the daytime with an experienced guide who will l...

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Zealandia: The Ecosanctuary Tickets

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   7 hour

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Tucked away in the rolling hills yet just 10 minutes from downtown, Zealandia is the hidden gem of W...

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Small Group Zealandia Eco Tour

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 2 hours

$37

Enjoy an engaging and informative walk through the picturesque eco-sanctuary on this 2-hour small g...

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Zealandia: The Exhibition and Sanctuary Valley

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 2 to 4 hrs

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Zealandia Twilight Tour from Wellington

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Full-Day Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour of Wellington

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 Flexible

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Wellington Full Day Tour

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Zealandia, Wellington

Zealandia, previously known as the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, is a protected ecosystem designed to restore the original 'bird land' that New Zealand was before the arrival of humans from Polynesia around 800 years ago.

Zealandia, previously known as the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, is a protected ecosystem designed to restore the original 'bird land' that New Zealand was before the arrival of humans from Polynesia around 800 years ago. Spread over 225 hectares of valley with reservoir between Wrights Hill and the Brooklyn wind turbine on Polhill, Zealandia's rich biodiversity is manifest in the 40 species of birds, along with endemic reptiles, amphibians and lush flora cordoned off from the world by 8.6 kilometres of pest-exclusion fence. Explore Zealandia to see native endangered species, whose numbers were dwindling after the introduction of foreign mammals in the environment. Learn more about its history and objectives in the Exhibition.

Join one of the several guided tours around to see birds, reptiles and insects in their natural habitat. 45 minute guided 'Walk and Talk' explorations of the lower valley are available on weekdays at 11:15 am and 1:15 pm, and on weekends at 11:15 am, 12:15 pm, 1:15 pm, and 2:15pm. Zealandia by Night Tours run for 2.5 hours and offer a glimpse of nocturnal species. Tours depart approximately 30 minutes before sunset. There are also shorter 1.5 hour long Kid’s Night Walks.

To reach Zealandia, you can take the Wellington Cable Car from Lambton Quay to the top of the Botanic Gardens, and the free shuttle from there. Public buses going up to Waiapu Road near the sanctuary are also available.


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About Zealandia

 Wellington, New Zealand

Zealandia and Nearby Sights on Map

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Wrights Hill Fortress

Wrights Hill Fortress is a circular coastal artillery battery in the Karori suburb of Wellington that was built during and after World War II in 1942-'47 to protect the city from bombardment

Adam Art Gallery

The Adam Art Gallery of the Victoria University of Wellington showcases the art collection of the university comprising over 550 works of painting, sculpture, photography and graphics by Kiwi artists

Colonial Cottage Museum

Housed in the 19th century Nairn Street Cottage, the Colonial Cottage Museum offers a peek into domestic life in Wellington during colonial times

Cuba Street

Cuba Street is the inner-city cultural heart of Wellington with a bohemian vibe and festive atmosphere

Cable Car Museum

Step back in time to rediscover the romance of Wellington's iconic cable cars in the Cable Car Museum, which is located in the original winding house for the cable car system

Space Place at Carter Observatory

Space Place at Carter Observatory at the top of the Botanical Gardens has been a Wellington icon since its opening in 1941

Wellington Botanic Garden

Sprawling over 25 hectares of protected forest, conifers, native bush, plant collections, and seasonal displays on the side of the hill between Thorndon and Kelburn, the Wellington Botanic Garden is one of the city's top attractions

Makara Peak Mountain Bike Path

The Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park has over 40 kilometres of cycling tracks set in 250 hectares of native bush

Wellington Cable Car

An iconic symbol of the city, the Wellington Cable Car is a 115 year old funicular railway that runs uphill from Lambton Quay to Kelburn, stopping at Clifton, Talavera, and Salamanca