ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary

ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, Wellington: Hours, Address, ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary Reviews: 4.5/5

ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Imagine a lush forest full of rare native animals. Discover ZEALANDIA – an ecosanctuary home to over 40 rare native species and 32km of walking tracks. Explore the outdoors at your own pace or be led by a guide! Our nature experts will show you the best places to spot wildlife like kakariki, tuatara and takahe on a ZEALANDIA by Day tour. Relax at Rata cafe with delicious food made from sustainably sourced ingredients and admire the views over the lake. Browse locally designed art, jewellery, homewares, books, clothes and gifts at the store where the products you buy have purpose and help the sanctuary to operate. For something a little more adventurous, see how the sanctuary transforms after dark on a ZEALANDIA by Night tour and search for thousands of glow worms and over 150 kiwi. Experience this world-renowned conservation success that lies only minutes from Wellington’s CBD. As a not-for-profit, your visit helps us ensure the future flourishing of New Zealand’s native wildlife.
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2-3 hours
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Libranace
New Plymouth, New Zealand200 contributions
Great place to visit but avoid school holidays.
Oct 2021
Excellent reserve but unfortunately we had to visit during school holidays so lots of noisy children who do not contribute any enjoyment to a bird-watching activity. Unfortunately the higher tracks were closed so we could not escape from the screaming children. The work being done is amazing. Birdlife wonderful.
Written October 15, 2021
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Thanks for visiting and your support, Shuna! Exploring the farther reaches of the valley beyond the dam is more peaceful and there's plenty of birdlife. Hopefully we'll see you again soon! :)
Written October 18, 2021
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Pauline Ann C
Feilding, New Zealand19 contributions
TOTALLY IMPRESSED
Oct 2021
we totally enjoyed the passionate staff who were able to help with all our many questions and sighting so many Kakas and Tuataras amongst many other wildlife was just incredible. We will be back
Written October 11, 2021
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Thanks for visiting, Pauline! Thrilled you enjoyed yourself and saw so many species. See you again soon! :)
Written October 18, 2021
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Melissa A
New Zealand5 contributions
Excellent a MUST DO !!!
Aug 2021
Incredible and very special place in the heart of Wellington, easy to get to on free shuttle bus or cable car if you don't have transport.
Written August 21, 2021
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Thanks for visiting! So happy you had a great visit. Hope to see you again soon!
Written September 14, 2021
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Christine S
Taupo, New Zealand70 contributions
Great place for a walk
Apr 2021
Worthwhile taking the family through here. You need a couple of hours if you are going to do the walk around the whole park. We just walked for a half hour and then turned around. Loved the interactive bird area, where you push the buttons and the bird calls are transmitted. It brought some of the birds down to the forest area we were at and we sat and watched them foraging for a while. Wonderful calming place. Dined at the cafe, which was nice too. Food great and service good too.
Written July 27, 2021
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Thanks for visiting! So happy you had a lovely visit. With 35km of walking trails ranging from gentle to the more adventurous deeper in the valley there's something for every ability or timeframe. Hope to see you again soon!
Written August 3, 2021
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Fforde
Manchester, UK426 contributions
morepork and kiwi!!
Jul 2021
A crisp winter evening saw the tour start at the very reasonable time of 4:45 pm. Exceptionally knowledgeable guide, and John the volunteer bird spotter did a fabulous job. Highlights of the tour were a morepork calling in a tree and a kiwi in the middle of the track (no peeking around branches to see this specimen of NZ culture).

The evening ended with a hot cuppa, and the start time mean there was enough time to get into town and have dinner.

Highly recommended, and the price of entry includes a years membership.
Written July 26, 2021
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Sounds like you had a great Zealandia by Night tour! Winter certainly allows for ideal timings and some amazing wildlife only seen at night. We're glad you're excited about your membership, which is included with full price Zealandia by Night tour tickets. Hope to see you again soon! :)
Written August 3, 2021
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Johnpinfold
Cheviot, New Zealand15 contributions
Great visit
Jun 2021 • Couples
Pretty awesome spot that is hard to believe in the middle of a city. Some great walks for all abilities and great to see some bird life that isn’t seen often.
Written July 10, 2021
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Thank you! We're very lucky to have such a central location for people to visit just minutes from the city!
Written July 13, 2021
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Philip
Blenheim, New Zealand118 contributions
Time out with nature
Jun 2021 • Friends
What a great place to unwind and enjoys time with family and friends. It's so amazing to get up close to so many native birds and the tuatara we fabulous. The native trees are a delight to wander through.
Written June 13, 2021
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Thank you for leaving us a review - we're thrilled you had such an amazing experience!
Written June 14, 2021
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Adam B
4 contributions
The best
May 2021 • Friends
Everyone need to come here. Magical sanctuary. Love the kaka feeding stations. There was one super angry kaka though. He was a jerk.
Written May 21, 2021
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Those kākā can be raucous! We're glad you enjoyed your time in the sanctuary.
Written May 23, 2021
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KKG007
Auckland, New Zealand171 contributions
Must do in Wellington
We visited in the rain, 2 kids plus me on the 2 hour walking tour. It was great. We spied heaps of bird life, and would have missed lots of info and some sightings without the informative guide. Definitely money well spent, and for an awesome ecological park.

Must do (even in the pouring rain)!
Written April 25, 2021
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We're thrilled you enjoyed your time in the sanctuary (despite the weather!)
Written May 3, 2021
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First time visitor to Zealandia
Dec 2020
The Information Centre was a good facility but we were a bit disappointed that the outside Ecosanctuary areas were not more developed with more special features of interest. Its a nice bush escape from the city for a walk but without further development we unfortunately woulnt visit again.
Written April 24, 2021
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Kia ora team. The sanctuary is in the midst of a very exciting conservation project to restore the lower reservoir. We also strive to keep the valley as natural as possible so it feels like home to our rare native wildlife. If you choose to visit again, we'd recommend a guided tour where our expert guides will take you to the best places to spot 40+ species of native animals.
Written May 3, 2021
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