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Zealandia - Small Group Eco Wildlife Night Tour

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    Discover New Zealand’s natural history on a nighttime visit to Zealandia, an eco-restoration facility just 10 minutes from downtown Wellington. Find your way there for a guided tour that includes Zealandia: The Exhibition and Sanctuary Valley.

    Get a firsthand look at prehistoric beasts and other endemic native animals that once roamed the islands. At the state-of-the-art exhibit, you can interact with lifelike models of the now-extinct moa — giant flightless birds — and a fearsome predator: the Haast’s eagle.

    After learning about these long-lost giants of the bird world, be riveted by a light and sound show that takes you through at least 1,000 years of change. Then walk through a predator-proof fence into the Sanctuary Valley, listening for birdsong in the 550-acre (225-hectare) eco-sanctuary. Follow your guide in search of nocturnal creatures such as the kaka, weta, tuatara and the elusive kiwi as you make your way by flashlight.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    53 Waiapu Rd, Karori, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
    2h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Torches/flashlights supplied
    • Guided walking tour of Zealandia: The Exhibition and Sanctuary Valley
    • Entry/Admission - ZEALANDIA Sanctuary
    • Food and drinks
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Wear sturdy footwear, bring extra layers of clothing and a waterproof jacket. Torches (flashlights) are supplied
    • Minimum age is 12 years
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with limited mobility, or difficulty walking for 2 hours in low-light conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

    I can't speak highly enough of Zealandia or this particular guided tour. It's a special experience to watch the sun go down and see both the diurnal and nocturnal species in Zealandia. Our guide Katie's enthusiasm was catching and she was very experienced and knowledgeable...More

    Thank Katy H
    Reviewed July 26, 2019

    We joined the night tour on a moonless evening in July and it was an exhilarating time! Katie was our lead guide and Belinda her support and they made a wonderful team. Group sizes are small; knowledge is huge and the animals were all out...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    2  Thank Clare O
    Reviewed July 2, 2019 via mobile

    Visited day and night and encountered an amazing array of wildlife. Globally rare Kiwi, Tuatara, birds and birds - guide Andrew was very informative and and great host.

    1  Thank jas0nc75
    Reviewed June 25, 2019

    Absolutely stunning! The tour guides are incredibly well informed and passionate about the sanctuary and it’s mission! I had spent an entire semester learning about the New Zealand native ecosystem, and I learned new things on this visit! Amazing up close views of native birds,...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Gryffonweald
    Reviewed June 25, 2019

    This was an amazing tour. Since many of New Zealand's iconic animals are nocturnal, the only way to really see them up close is at night. Our guide was wonderful, and did a great job explaining about the different animals and their habitats, and about...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank 5ZBaum
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    • Languages Offered: English
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