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Zealandia: The Exhibition and Sanctuary Valley
Ranked #5 of 234 things to do in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase, Baby buggy parking, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“great experience”
Reviewed 26 November 2013

great walk and lots of birds on a early Sunday morning. Cafe was good, with a nice shop at the end. Guides provided really good information that made the whole experience even better.

Visited October 2013
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Special natural environment”
Reviewed 26 November 2013

This is an expensive place to visit but does offer some unique natural experiences of NZ native flora and fauna. Take a picnic and make a day of it.

Visited December 2012
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Delightful walk”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

At the entrance there is a cafe to enjoy before or after the walk. Also need to make sure you have abit of water to take if it is a warm day.
Seeing wetas, various birdlife and a variety of small animlas within the park is wonderful.
Don't forget to collect a souvenir at the end!

Visited February 2013
Thank Robin S
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“My favourite thing in all of New Zealand”
Reviewed 23 November 2013

This place has no shortage of good reviews so feel another one is a bit redundant. I just want to say that if you’re travelling to this part of New Zealand, DON’T MISS ZEALANDIA. My husband and I spent the whole day here when our cruise ship docked in Wellington for the day. I hope every local from Wellington is a member of this fantastic sanctuary. Keep up the amazing work.

Just as a side note, if you are an animal lover, you may find the exhibition part of the sanctuary a little upsetting given the information provided about the horrific practices that led to the extinction or endangerment of many of New Zealand’s animals. This is an important and necessary exhibition of course, but expect to be upset by the end of it. I recommend viewing the exhibition before going on to see the sanctuary so that you end your trip with a positive experience.

Visited November 2013
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“Every visitor to Wellington should come here”
Reviewed 22 November 2013

We did the night time kiwi spotting trip and it was truly memorable. We spotted 3 kiwis as well as other endangered species. This place demonstrates very clearly just how fragile our ecology is. Highly recommended for both fun and education.

Visited November 2013
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