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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 #5 of 144 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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Hamilton, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Brilliant place - for any age. Beautiful,important and informative. Allow plenty of time to make the most of it

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Thames, New Zealand
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We came here on a very cold and rainy day but still enjoyed ourselves. It was amazing to see wildlife so close, the kakas in particular were very active and playful. The environment it self to walk through was also lovely, very peaceful. It's great for tourists to get a taste of what New Zealand nature is all about. The... More

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Belleville, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Very enjoyable day for the whole family. Reasonable entry fees. We had a sunny dry day so it was great, not really a rainy day activity. Take your time and listen for the birds.

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San Jose, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
25 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Don't miss this green oasis in the heart of the city. If you have just one day in Wellington, do what I did: start your day with a Cable Car ride from Lambton Quay up to the Botanical Gardens, walk around the Botanical Gardens, then hop on the free shuttle to Zealandia ecosanctuary. Try to take a free tour (check... More

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Nottingham
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We visited Zealandia in July after a morning of rain not knowing quite what to expect. Personally I prefer big mammal experiences than bird national parks but I was pleasantly surprised by Zealandia. I will point out that it really is just a walk on well maintained trails without the guides. What really makes it a lot better are the... More

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We had an annual membership when we lived in Wellington and we visited regularly. Entry prices have recently been reduced to more reasonable levels and I would recommend spending at least half a day here. It is a special place with lots to see if you take your time. If you rush around you won't get the best experience...need to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We went on the dusk evening tour after persistent heavy rain and thought it might even be cancelled as evening weather forecast dubious, however, it wasn't and we had a great time. We caught the bus there and back from Wellington centre which was very easy and reasonable price. Guide was friendly and very knowledgable. Sanctuary was beautiful and many... More

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Houston, TX
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Enjoy the wildlife of New Zealand without mammals. I highly recommend the night tour! The rangers are very knowledgeable and the grounds are beautiful.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I have never seen such a wonderful example of where nature gets an opportunity to strike back at man's destruction of a habitat in such a manner and in the middle of a modern city. Where once the hills were laid bare in the name of "progress", the forest, birdlife and tuatara are reclaiming their domain. What wonderful vision to... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My son & I went on the buggy walk morning (Wednesday's) when admission is half price. As the weather was good it made for a pleasent walk listening to the bird song, the sun filtering through the trees, but the ground was still quite wet underfoot in places and we slipped a few times. We stuck to the easy walking/wheelchair/buggy... More

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