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ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

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Address: 53 Waiapu Road, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 4-920 9200
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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ZEALANDIA is a heaven of tropical bliss right on the doorstep of Wellington...

ZEALANDIA is a heaven of tropical bliss right on the doorstep of Wellington City. Affectionately referred to as a hidden gem ZEALANDIA received international acclaim for the groundbreaking predator free 8.6km fence. Since the completion of the fence in 1999 ZEALANDIA has brought a number of native birds, reptiles and wildlife back from the brink of extinction where they now roam freely through the 225 hectare valley. A visit to ZEALANDIA is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and a must for anyone visiting Wellington. There are a number treks to saunter, suitable for any fitness level. Alternatively step back in time with our interactive exhibition center or take a load off at the atmospheric Rata Café.

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Zealandia: The Exhibition and Sanctuary Valley
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Zealandia by Night Tour
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For those interested in birds and small reptiles this is a wonderful site

Anyone visiting New Zealand for the first time would learn so much from Zealandia. It is a magnificent place for those interested in the extraordinary birds of this break away... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Anyone visiting New Zealand for the first time would learn so much from Zealandia. It is a magnificent place for those interested in the extraordinary birds of this break away Gonwanaland country. I visited on my first day in Wellington and learned a great deal which made the rest of my trip to New Zealand much more interesting. Do not... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great for visitors and older kids but it's a long way with little kids that walk. my kids are 5 and 7 and one of them found it a long way so we didn't get to see all of the areas. He did get to stay over though and really loved patting the Tuatara and the glow worms. Brilliant place... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I took the free shuttle from the I-site in the CBD of Wellington. The whole concept of Zealandia is amazing to me, which is why I went in the first place. If you are a conservationist or nature lover then you will greatly enjoy yourself. The staff was very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Also, the food at the café was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went along one of the daily guided tours with two wonderful ladies giving us information about all the birds, lizards and general information about Zealandia in particular. We got to see Takahes being fed, lots of Tuataras' basking in the sun and other birds feeding along the way. We also went to the exhibit and got to see the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I went to Zealandia on a beautiful early Summers day. We took the free shuttle from outside Te Papa museum and took a cab back into the city (only $15). I had heard great things about Zealandia but had never been before. I highly recommend it. I am not one for guided tours but we joined in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Rather than wandering through the sanctuary, my friend and i just wanted to enjoy a leisurely cuppa together, so we headed to rata cafe at zealandia. They have food in cabinets as well as a kitchen. Although they had a couple of functions on there was still plenty of room for us to enjoy our coffee and chat. There is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Zealandia is an attempt to recreate the mammal-free native environment that existed in New Zealand before the arrival of humans. We did the night tour with an enthusiastic guide named Johannes. We learned an incredible amount about the native flora and fauna of New Zealand, and saw several exciting and rare species. We did not see the Kiwi or Kaka,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can catch the free shuttle bus from outside the I-Site in the city and it takes you straight to Zealandia in about 15 minutes. Super easy. Once there there's a fantastic gift shop and cafe before you head into the sanctuary. The sanctuary was lovely, huge place with lots of things to explore. We took our bird spotting spot... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the Zealandia with a group and spent the afternoon outside watching birds. We were accompanied by two lovely ladies who guided us through the park. We were lucky to spot some very nice birds and to make some excellent photos of them. Very relaxing activity !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Rode bus to scenic Zealandia - credit to staff, volunteers, believers of conservation. Recommend top section viewing of Hihi. Enjoy the walking along with helpful passionate staff giving excellent info. thankyou for caring NZ

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