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Zealandia - Twilight Guided Eco Wildlife Tour provided by ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary

Zealandia - Twilight Guided Eco Wildlife Tour

Zealandia - Twilight Guided Eco Wildlife Tour
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
2h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
12
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 5306P6
Important information
Inclusions
  • Guided walking tour of Zealandia: The Exhibition and Sanctuary Valley
  • Entry to Zealandia as a general admission visitor on the day of or day after your tour.
  • Hot kawakawa tea (a natural herbal tea) is served on the tour, to enjoy in the forest.
  • Entry/Admission - ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
2h 30m
Departure details
  • 53 Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington 6012, New Zealand Departure Point: Zealandia Visitors Centre Address: End of Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington Directions: To get to ZEALANDIA at night we recommend you book a taxi or uber. You can call Wellington Combined Taxis Dates: See Availability
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Wear sturdy footwear, bring extra layers of clothing and a waterproof jacket.
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Inclusions
  • Guided walking tour of Zealandia: The Exhibition and Sanctuary Valley
  • Entry to Zealandia as a general admission visitor on the day of or day after your tour.
  • Hot kawakawa tea (a natural herbal tea) is served on the tour, to enjoy in the forest.
  • Entry/Admission - ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • 53 Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington 6012, New Zealand Departure Point: Zealandia Visitors Centre Address: End of Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington Directions: To get to ZEALANDIA at night we recommend you book a taxi or uber. You can call Wellington Combined Taxis Dates: See Availability
Duration
2h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Wear sturdy footwear, bring extra layers of clothing and a waterproof jacket.
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Aug 9, 2020
A note from Zealandia - Twilight Guided Eco Wildlife Tour
We are no longer providing any shared jackets. Please ensure that you bring a waterproof jacket.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    53 Waiapu Road
    53 Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
    Departure Point: Zealandia Visitors Centre Address: End of Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington Directions: To get to ZEALANDIA at night we recommend you book a taxi or uber. You can call Wellington Combined Taxis Dates: See Availability
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    ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    These exclusive tours start 2 hours before sunset, when the last of the daytime visitors have gone. You will begin your tour with the highlights of Zealandia's interactive exhibition where you will uncover the unique natural history of New Zealand and hear about the 500-year vision of the sanctuary. Your guide will then lead you on an after-hours tour through the regenerating valley during one of the most active times of the day for many of our species. Encounter unique wildlife such as wētā, takahē, tuatara and more. You may even experience the first sounds of the nocturnal birds, such as kiwi and ruru (morepork) as they wake.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Lucy D
Dunedin, New Zealand10 contributions
We did the 11am-1.30pm tour, and it was amazing. The track that we took was easy even though I wished it might have been more harder as a challenge. Saw many - TOO many tuatara sunbathing themselves on the side of the tracks, outside their burrows. A couple kaka came swooping down on us one time, and we observed them from below the trees (they weren't too high up). We also saw a lot of tui flying around. Absolutely incredible experience, and I've learned a lot about how Zealandia came about and how it has been improved.
A tip: there is a bus from downtown that takes you to the bottom of Zealandia, where you can walk for a little while and see their building. On the way back, there is a free shuttle that takes you to the top of the Cable Car, where you can either pay an one-way to get down or walk down.
Written January 20, 2021
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Thanks for visiting Lucy, we're glad you enjoyed your tour. Feel free to visit us again and explore some of the more challenging tracks - we have 32km of trails to explore!
Written January 21, 2021
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EdoSensei
London, UK9 contributions
Wasn't sure what to expect from this Twilight Tour, other than being disappointed to learn that we wouldn't see a kiwi. However, I was more than pleasantly surprised: we had a wonderful experience and saw a LOT of other wildlife instead. Our guide Tory was incredibly knowledgeable, with information about all the species we saw and their history in the country and at Zealandia. He was incredibly charming and funny and somehow managed to keep up a steady patter for 3 hours without once repeating himself or getting boring. We seemed to be lucky in seeing what we did (tieke, keraru, sdpatiki, tuatara, kakariki, paupongo, koratara, stick insects, weta and glow worms). I'll definitely go back for a night tour where you have a chance of seeing kiwi, and will also go back during the day as there are miles of walking tracks available. However, I doubt I'll see as much - or know what I'm seeing if I do! - as I did on this tour, which I would highly recommend for anyone visiting Wellington.
Written January 8, 2021
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Thanks for your review, we're thrilled you enjoyed your tour! We look forward to welcoming you back to the sanctuary soon.
Written January 10, 2021
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Fforde
Manchester, UK449 contributions
A dusk tour offered the best of Zealandia, with the start of the tour having a plethora of bird song and flying birds catching insects. Lots of tui, piwakawaka, takahe that came close enough to eat your shoelaces. A number of tuatara were sunning themselves. After a hot cuppa provided by Alison and John, the tour guides, we started the night portion of the tour. Kiwi and tuatara were again to be seen, along with glow worms.

Easy walking paths with seats to rest. There are steps to assist those of short stature to see tuatara.
Written February 12, 2021
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Thanks for visiting, we're thrilled you enjoyed your Twilight Tour!
Written February 14, 2021
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Sophie
2 contributions
I did the Zealandia by night tour with a friend as a 'leaving Wellington' gift and we had the most wonderful time.
Clarisse from the Tours Team was so helpful and positive via email when booking.
Jac was our tour guide, she was a delight! Shared a plethora of knowledge, answered a multitude of questions. The walk was beautiful and we got to see so many birds. We could really feel Jac and Judy's genuine love for Zealandia and the work it does.
Thank you for all you do at Zealandia!
Written December 20, 2020
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Thank you for your review, we're so glad you enjoyed your ZEALANDIA By Night tour!
Written December 21, 2020
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MLYang
Singapore167 contributions
Pleasant and knowledgeable guide. Quite enjoyed the twilight tour although we didn’t really get to see much more than what we saw when we visited Zealandia earlier in the afternoon. Price tag is a little on the high side but I suppose it’s a cause worth supporting. Worth a visit if the weather is nice but one visit is good enough for me.
Written March 11, 2020
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Mikey Smyth
Wellington, New Zealand10 contributions
Great tour last night with Troy, we saw a kiwi, tuataras, keas, tui, wetas, frogs, spidrts, slugs, bugs and so much more. Even if we hadn't seen a kiwi still would have had an amazing time. Loved hearing about the history of the reserve and efforts of all the volunteers to sustain it fir the future.
Written October 25, 2020
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Thanks for your review! We're thrilled you enjoyed your ZEALANDIA By Night tour.
Written October 26, 2020
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gourmetscotty
Sedona, AZ100 contributions
The pride New Zealanders take in their country, its origins and its nature are epitomized in this sanctuary.
Written February 29, 2020
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g m
Bristol, UK200 contributions
Our friends bought us tickets to the twilight tour for Christmas and I can thoroughly recommend it. We saw tui, kereru, a takahe, tuatara and a couple of kiwi!

Really like the idea behind the sanctuary and the long term vision of the project. They are slowly replacing the trees with native species and estimate it'll take 500 years for it to return to its original, pre-human inhabitation, state.

The exhibition in the visitor centre is great but particularly depressing to see how much destruction has been meted out on New Zealand's flora and fauna.
Written January 9, 2020
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Europelover2014
Chicago, IL2,430 contributions
I spent half a day wandering Zealandia and enjoying various trails, birds, tuatara and plant life. Returned in the evening for the Twilight tour, thinking I'd seen it all, but not at all! The tour was incredible and I was exposed to much that I had missed. Manuela was an incredible tour guide and so determined that we would see the rarest of birds. We did see the takahe, saddleback and other birds as well as weta. Manuela held our tour past dark hoping the kiwi would appear, but none decided to show themselves to us. We did hear the call which was just as exciting. (I got to see kiwis in exhibitions elsewhere.)

I was traveling solo without a car and was hesitant to take the Night Tour as I was concerned about return transportation. I thought he Twilight Tour might be a poor substitute, but it more than exceeded all my expectations. At the conclusion, a taxi was called for me and I waited in the comfort of the shop area. I was told that Uber drivers also would know where to find us evening tourists, had that been my preference. I truly appreciated the customer service and everything Zealandia had to offer.

Zealandia tickets are good for two consecutive days. I had pre-booked my Twilight Tour which allowed me admission to the facility the day of the tour as well as my return in the evening.
Written November 23, 2019
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Henry
4 contributions
Couples
We had a fantastic time on the tour with three really knowledgeable guides: Sam, Sam and Jac. Very clearly passionate about the wildlife and always happy to be interrupted by more birds coming past.
The park itself is absolutely gorgeous - birds and native plants and animals everywhere with stunning views across the old dam and plenty of opportunity for photos and even sitting quietly to listen to the birds.
Would absolutely recommend - worth the trip to Wellington for this alone.
Written November 10, 2019
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ConnorEvans686
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A ‘must do’ for those travelling New Zealand!
We have been travelling NZ for two weeks now and Zealandia has been my favourite stop! As a birder this is the perf
Deanrossss
Deanrossss
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Kiwi-Spotting
We had a fantastic experience roaming around Zealandia at night on the look out for some kiwis and Takahe! The tour
675samanthak
675samanthak
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Enjoyable and educational
Great night tour! The tour guides knew exactly where to find the different wildlife and we're very well informed. W
frankdA1901TI
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Two hour self guided walk
Although Zealandia is still in its infancy and the bush and birdlife are still regenerating, we enjoyed a two-hour
855karenb2016
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Awesome!
Zealandia is a must to do if your in Wellington or on a holiday. We found doing the guided tour with a guide was t
JakeRaven
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Highlights of the New Zealand Bush close to the City
I've been visiting Zealandia for years now, and it never disappoints. Well maintained tracks take you into some bea
LesleyA507
LesleyA507
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Great day out, very interesting
Zealandia just keeps getting better and better. Really easy to see NZ wildlife eg Takahe, Kaka, Tuatara. The place
Teabag_11
Teabag_11
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Great to see native wildlife
Took the kids for a day out and really enjoyed it. We got to see some native birds for the first time ever such as
harriet814
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Julia on the walking tour was an absolute treat
We did the 2 hour walking tour as recent immigrants to NZ and it was absolutely brilliant! It was really informativ
Mike N
Mike N
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A Park that's an Ark
We spent two very enjoyable hours here with one of the volunteer guides walking around Zealandia. We learnt about t
kiwisahoy
kiwisahoy
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Guided 2hr tour on a beautiful Sunday morning.
Had a 10am daytime tour with Roy … such a lovely guide…just the right amount of talking and he was so helpful findi
Global05263991969
Global05263991969
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Amazing with options for all
Overwhelmed by how huge this place is. Walks of all capabilities and birds everywhere. I honestly didn't expect it
Desconroy1
Desconroy1
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Wheelchair friendly and amazing staff
We visited Zealandia today and we were blown away with the kindness, support and consideration the staff had shown
rochelledixon407
rochelledixon407
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Raw nature
Visited on a bright sunny day. made me fall in love with Wellington all over again. Beautiful nature escape.
chrissK1686GZ
chrissK1686GZ
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Excellent
Great place in Wellington. Easy Trails to get around for all ages and fitness levels. Plenty to see and lots to lea
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