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ZEALANDIA: The Karori Sanctuary Experience

31 Waiapu Road | Karori, Wellington 6141, New Zealand
+64 4-920 9200
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Ranked #6 of 146 attractions in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Zealandia: The Karori Sanctuary Experience is New Zealand's award-winning conservation attraction. Home to some of the rarest and extraordinary... more » Owner description: Zealandia: The Karori Sanctuary Experience is New Zealand's award-winning conservation attraction. Home to some of the rarest and extraordinary wildlife on the planet, our sanctuary is protected by a predator proof fence that encloses 225ha of regenerating forest, less than 10 minutes from central Wellington.Pick up a map from our visitor centre or join one of our popular guided tours. « less
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Landsborough, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This is a wonderful place to visit. We were at Zealandia on a not very pleasant day but this did not deter us from enjoying the New Zealand bush and the wonderful walk around the reserve. This is a sanctuary for the endangered birds and animals of New Zealand and their welfare is taken care of by the most passionate... More

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This is a great place to visit, especially if you have children, gives them a chance to see native birds and animals up close.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Lovely scenery. Joined the free tour with very knowledgeable guides Jenn and Tracey. Many different tracks to walk and the free shuttle from the city is a big bonus =D

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is a real gem for anyone interested in native plants and bird life (and wetas and tuataras). It is kind of hidden away, but really is relatively close to the city centre by bus or car. There was plenty of birdlife just waiting to be seen and photographed, and the tuatara basking in the sun. They have done a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you do the night tour $75 dollars its about 90% chance you see a kiwi. I didn't do that tour as it was my last day in NZ. I will do both tours when I come back. The day tour is free at certain times,so check out the free ones,same as the $15 tours. The tours are worth it.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A wonderful little sanctuary. Walk beautiful easy paths, and enjoy the birds, green foliage and serenity. Great photo ops. Nice gift shop, nice people. However, getting there is a little sketchy. At the top of the cable car - a funicular - there is a minivan to bring you to the park, but it's schedule and capacity is limited. It's... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Some Kiwi friends told me they thought the place was overrated, and I had already been to a free wildlife preserve and enjoyed some Welly Walks. My husband and I had US visitors come who wanted to go, so we went along. Were we surprised! It is a beautifully cared-for sanctuary, and one could nearly record a symphony of birdsong.... More

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Severna Park, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I originally thought this was going to be a touristy "Disney" experience in New Zealand. Definitely not the case. There are great displays inside with just enough detail about the existing and even extinct wildlife. But it's really the outside that offers the most fun and is a great way to get out of the city and enjoy some of... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is a wonderful attraction, we were a bit worried because on the day we went to visit the Karori Sanctuary, the weather was not pretty, so we weren't sure of how this was going to work with our trip to the sanctuary. But the weather didn't end up being an issue and we really enjoyed ourselves.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Karori Sanctuary is one of the things I miss most about living in Wellington. This is a great place for walking tracks or even just finding a place to sit and enjoy the view. Watching the feeding is fun and the guys there know what they're talking about. Learn and experience the native bush and wildlife right in the middle... More

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