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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 #7 of 147 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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Springfield, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I know its not a zoo so the animals wouldnt be confined. But for the price you pay, i would have rather walked around the botanical gardens for free. I think the best part was the indoor exhibit i thought.

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Porirua
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

We walked along very good paths that were oldies friendly. The bird life was amazing and we saw Tuataras sunning themselves. We even went into to weta cave. There are steeper paths for the fit as well. Certainly a great place to visit.

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Brisbane, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The service is amazing. Not many places offer free shuttles to their door any more, and then included in the inexpensive ticket is a guided tour if you're there when they run. The way it is set up is beautiful and the staff were great. Our tour guide was a lot of fun and obviously passionate about t=what he was... More

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Amazing that a reserve this big and full of birds is so close to Wellington city centre. Easy to get to via free shuttle bus, this is well worth a visit. Not super cheap, but you are helping support their conservation efforts. You can do a day-long walk but there are also tracks suitable for buggies and mobility scooters. You... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I took advantage of the free guided tour, hosted by volunteers to Zealandia and it was great because they pointed out things I wouldn't have noticed on my own, There are also nice tracks to go off and do some trekking aloe and hear the beautiful birdsong. I think Zealandia is a great initiaitive and there is the added bonusof... More

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Montclair, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We decided to book the night tour so we could see if we were lucky to see kiwi since they are nocturnal. Tour guide was very informative and explained what we were seeing and the history of the area. We were very lucky and saw two kiwi which the guide said was unusual. We also saw glow worms on the... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We have been regular visitors to Wellington from the UK for seven years and are amazed at the way Zealandia has changed over this period as the wildlife has settled in and increased. We are members (although we are only there for two months a year this has been well worth it) and this time visited twice, in August and... More

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Turku, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I've been to Zealandia several times, spending a few days there just walking the tracks, volunteering on track maintenance a couple of times, and I've done the night tour five times. Each time has just felt more magical and amazing, and I've slowly learned to know where the birds live (off the beaten track, of course :) ) and how... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I had high hopes for the Sanctuary but I found it to lack the 'wow factor' that this place promises on the council website. I have had much more amazing experiences with our wild life and landscape tramping some of our walking tracks around the Wellington area. Certainly not worth the $18 (or so) or the millions that the council... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We did enjoy it and would go back again. The cost was more than the value unless you consider part of the price is invested in the preservation of a great resource. Be prepared to walk.

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