Zealandia is a large area of native bush within Wellington, New Zealand's Capital city. Zealandia is built around an old gold mining operation and is home to several species of insects, reptiles and birds (even the elusive Kiwi). The main track is well defined and can be traversed by anyone. There are other tracks that require a bit higher fitness level due to the uneven trail, gravel surface, and inclines/declines. The fee to enter the grounds only was just under $30 NZD. I was there in the middle of the day which is probably not the best time because it seemed that a lot of the animals were taking their siesta. One of the walks led to one of the old entrances to a mine shaft which has been stabilized so that visitors can walk in approximately 10 meters (take a flashlight because the red lights within are insufficient). Initially, I didn't see the draw, then I turned on my flashlight and noticed all of the cave wetas. I had heard of these massive insects, but these were the first I had personally encountered. Then there were the tuataras. I had not purchased a guided tour, but was fortunate to encounter one of Zealandia's volunteers who was assessing the reptile's population. He pointed out 15-20 of them that I had not noticed earlier. In sum, visiting in the morning or later afternoon is most likely better, a guide will reveal more animals than venturing off on your own, and, if you really want to see a Kiwi, schedule a night visit. In any event, if you are in Wellington and find that you have half of a day, visit Zealandia.
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