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ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

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Address: 53 Waiapu Road, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
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+64 4-920 9200
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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ZEALANDIA is a heaven of tropical bliss right on the doorstep of Wellington...

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.

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$13.57*
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Zealandia: The Exhibition and Sanctuary Valley
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$57.97*
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Zealandia by Night Tour
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$88.05*
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Zelandia is a Jurassic Park style protected world in which you can see New Zealand wildlife that isn't normally present in a city. Some of which is rare enough to be seldom seen... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Zelandia is a Jurassic Park style protected world in which you can see New Zealand wildlife that isn't normally present in a city. Some of which is rare enough to be seldom seen in the wild. Outside of the paths, feeding posts and explanation boards, it's hard to know what is natural and what is modified for the animals. The... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a very admirable project. Trying to fence off a piece of farmland and turn it back into pre-human New Zealand. They only have about five hundred years to go, if things go really well. But, in the meantime, they can try to educate the droves of visitors about the human impact on the environment. And they do. Great... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We booked an evening tour and were expertly guided by Manuela and Tom. Armed with red-light torches we tramped through this remarkable sanctuary for two and a half hours which seemed to pass very quickly. We saw Wekas, Tuataras, Pied Shags roosting, a huge eel and one shy kiwi, not forgetting an army of glow worms which did a passable... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Zealandia is a wonderful place full of birds, raptiles, bugs and local flora. I enjoyed that there were knowledgable people along the trails sharing information about what we can see at each different spot and curious bits about the animals. I want to return back for the night tour to experience the silk worms and a kiwi bird maybe? :-)... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful project set up to provide a safe haven for New Zealand native animals. You could easily spend a whole day here enjoying the surroundings and spotting the locals. One of our highlights was when our volunteer guide, Colleen, gave us a signal to go quietly as she had spotted a tuatara! Watching the Takahe feed was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A brilliant example of rewilding and conservation. We went for two hours and saw loads of rare species and beautiful birds. You could easily spend a day here walking all of the trails and learning about the flora and fauna. They have a free shuttle from the top of the cable car too. Great day out!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had a brilliant day at Zealandia! I caught the shuttle bus from the ISite ( i was the only one on for the first shuttle of the day and the driver was super friendly) and enjoyed looking out through the different suburbs of Wellington. Hard to believe this sanctuary is where it is - surrounded by houses! Heaps of... More 

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Nambour, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had a great morning learning about New Zealand native animals, and flora, was great to see the hard work being done to restore the land back to the way it was. It was really interesting, highly recommended.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We are foundation members of Zealandia. We take all of our visitors to there, and I don't think anyone we have taken has been disappointed. Unless the visitors are physically limited, or we are time constrained we tend to do the track around the upper lake as you are more likely to run across saddlebacks and riflemen, and the track... More 

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Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Fantastic place to take the Grandchildren. Plenty to see and keep them interested. Lovely walks. Great food and on course ice creams at the end of your visit.

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