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ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

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53 Waiapu Road, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
+64 4-920 9200
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ZEALANDIA is a heaven of tropical bliss right on the doorstep of Wellington City. Affectionately referred to as a hidden gem ZEALANDIA received international acclaim for the groundbreaking predator free 8.6km fence. Since the completion of the fence in 1999 ZEALANDIA has brought a number of native birds, reptiles and wildlife back from the brink of extinction where they now roam freely through the 225 hectare valley. A visit to ZEALANDIA is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and a must for anyone visiting Wellington. There are a number treks to saunter, suitable for any fitness level. Alternatively step back in time with our interactive exhibition center or take a load off at the atmospheric Rata Café.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“night tour” (165 reviews)
“native birds” (178 reviews)
“bird life” (156 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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53 Waiapu Road, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
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+64 4-920 9200
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you catch the Wellington cable car to the top - they have a free shuttle service which is a 10 minute drive to Zealandia. Absolutely beautiful place & so calm with NZ wildlife up close. Give yourself a couple of hours to do the...More

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Reviewed yesterday

We recently took a magical night tour - a highlight of our visit to Wellington. One of our family previously visited during the day, and said that the night tour was a very different and more interesting experience. The highlight was seeing several kiwis, lots...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Reading about the history of this park and the positive conservation outcomes it has achieved, it was great to experience. Entry price is very cheap (paid a lot more for less at other similar attractions) and knowing it is supporting real environmental outcomes is a...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited this place with a group of friends. We saw some birds including Takahe. There is a free shuttle from the top of the cable car station.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

When I heard of a native wildlife sanctuary in Wellington I was imagining something like a more open-style zoo. But there aren't cages here just one big open space full of native plants and birds (and a few lizards). The landscape itself is beautiful and...More

Thank Laryssa S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is huuuuge. You can see this place as a bird sanctuary or a huge reserve to go hike. You can seriously hike for an entire day in the native bush or just a couple of hours and go bird watching. The cafe is...More

Thank Ingridgig
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of great day walks, and beautiful things to see here. There is an app (I believe only on Apple, not Android yet) for bird and animal spotting which is quite fun, even if you're not a kid! You tick off what you see, and...More

Thank Hanna J
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had an amazing afternoon here, I loved walking around and listen to all the birds and see the nature. Next time I come back, I would definitely do it during the summer time to see how it looks then! And the staff is super...More

Thank Pernille U
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I didn't realize I would like a bird sanctuary so much. I guess it helps that New Zealand is loaded with tons of awesome birds! I love the concept behind it with it being a protected predator free area (as New Zealand was before man...More

Thank Chris R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Zealandia is essentially a nature reserve protected by a predator proof fence allowing the flora and fauna within to thrive. There is a free shuttle from the i-site or the botanical gardens and the entrance was $19.50 per adult (MARCH 2018). Very good value for...More

Thank Michael S
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Lexie W
May 6, 2017|
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Response from BluePoppyNZ | Reviewed this property |
yes. spaces big enough for campervan so too
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RogerBorchers
March 10, 2017|
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Response from Cecil121 | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely go there if raining. We are locals and we time our visits for rain - partly to avoid other people! Seriously, the birds are more likely to be out n about if less people. Just dress for the conditions. My other... More
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Audrey B
February 22, 2017|
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Response from 337alliep | Reviewed this property |
Wandering by yourself in the park should give you access to all of the same places, I think. About the kiwis: They are definitely only active at night, but if you don't want to go on an evening tour, you might want to try... More
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