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ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

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Address: 53 Waiapu Road, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
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+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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US$13.19*
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Zealandia: The Exhibition and Sanctuary Valley
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US$60.62*
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Zealandia by Night Tour
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US$85.58*
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Scenic Wellington Helicopter Flight

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We had an awesome experience on our night tour

A night tour at Zealandia whilst we were in Wellington was a priority for us and had been booked from the UK some months before we arrived in New Zealand. Our tour guide was... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2016
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Billericay, United Kingdom
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Billericay, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
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Reviewed 14 February 2016

A night tour at Zealandia whilst we were in Wellington was a priority for us and had been booked from the UK some months before we arrived in New Zealand. Our tour guide was brilliant, pointing out many birds and animals with great enthusiasm. She took great trouble to ensure that all or our small group got to see as... More 

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ZEALANDIA-Sanctuary, Marketing Administrator at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi Regular_Traveller, That’s great that you had such a good time on your night tour. It sounds like it was worth the wait. I will certainly be passing on your kind words to our night tour team. More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2016

It's in the hills on the edge of the city with a free collection and return if you want it from the i-centre. Parking there too. Also accessible from the hop on/off tour by arrangement. Cafe, toilets and shop. Entry fee is justified. Some drinking water points inside the fenced grounds. Wheelchair access via main paths. The fence has kept... More 

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ZEALANDIA-Sanctuary, Marketing Administrator at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi Christbeeoxford, Thank you for taking the time to review your trip to ZEALANDIA. It sounds like you got to see a lot on your visit. Delighted you found the sanctuary so accessible from the city too. More 

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Reviewed 13 February 2016 via mobile

Worth a look. We spent about 2 hours. Didn't see heaps of wildlife some lizards and native birds but the walks are great.

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ZEALANDIA-Sanctuary, Marketing Administrator at ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi Luke, Thank you very much for your kind review. Glad you enjoyed your visit. I'm sorry that you didn’t see much wildlife out and about on the day you visited. At Zealandia the animals are not presented to you (save for a couple of breeding enclosures). They are living wild so you need to take it slow and pause... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2016

If bird life, conservation, walking, natural bush is your thing, then this is the place for you. There are so many tracks to suit every walker that anyone could have a marvellous time in this amazing place. And the bird life is such a treat. The first time I went in the daytime and managed to tick off every bird... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 11 February 2016

A great days adventure, but not for the faint hearted as walking is a lot more than stated. Well informed guides with oodles of knowledge. Beautiful settings for some rare species of birds and animals.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2016

We three were enthralled with Zealandia. Maybe it had too many extinct breed explanations, but it is a marvel. Quite compact, yet unbelievably instructive as to the flora and fauna of the islands. You can get a free shuttle at the top of the cable car ride. Worth your time and money if you are into the outdoors and are... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2016 via mobile

On trips I try to get out into the countryside. This would normally involve many hours of travel. For some strange reason this sanctuary is only a 10 minutes from the center of Wellington CBD. I don't know how this happened but Wellington is very lucky. There are many sanctuaries that are nothing more than large cages. This is a... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 February 2016

On entering the gates it was like entering Jurassic park, looking at all the trees and water you could imagine Dinosaurs roaming through this heaven of lush green vegetation. For me an English man abroad it was a real treat to see untouched greenery. We saw Gecko's Parakeets, Tui's (to English people this is a very noisy bird, but beautiful)Herons... More 

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Campbelltown, Australia
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Reviewed 10 February 2016 via mobile

Did this day tour with my husband .we did it on a shore excursion on a cruise .Started the tour with a brief film then a history of the sanctuary.Taken around with a guide who was very knowledgable. Tour itself was good although our stay was only a couple of hours due to time restriction...you could easily spend all day... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed it We got to see some rare birds in their natural sanctuary Worth a visit Take the cable car up Free pick up from cable car by their service

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