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ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

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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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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53 Waiapu Road, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
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See Tūatara basking in the sun. Hear Tui calling in the bush. Walk under canopies of native trees. Watch out for the Kēreru as their wings flap loudly through the trees around you. Take a walk up to the swing bridge where you can look...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ethel R
Reviewed 2 days ago

Zealandia encompasses a VERY large area, and if we could, we would like to have covered the off beaten tracks where we saw some fantails and some green parrots singing calls we had not heard prior. Even though we were there from 12 to 5pm,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank constantine_sg
Reviewed 2 days ago

Wow, this place was amazing. My family and I took the 2 hour tour during the day, so glad we did. Our tour guide Chris was fantastic, he explained what the park does, what is involved in keeping predators out and just general information on...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank racytracy65
Reviewed 3 days ago

I visited Zealandia during the Christmas holidays with a local kiwi friend who was very passionate about nature and wildlife so I got a wealth of knowledge from her. Zealandia itself is so large, you forget that you are just outside of Wellington! It is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Loraul V
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Took our friends who were visiting from UK for the Zealandia by day guided tour. Our guide was a lovely guy called Paul. Paul was very knowledgeable about the sanctuary and the wildlife there. My friend is an avid bird watcher and Paul spent a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Was recommended to visit by a local. This rates alongside the Te papa museum as a top attraction. There is a free shuttle bus from the top of the cable car. Was also recommend to pay the extra for the guided tour. Definitely learn and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank keaKernow
Reviewed 5 days ago

if heaven existed on earth, ZEALANDIA IT IS! i had so much pleasure discovering zealandia. A good experience that i'll re-do soon hopefully!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank GLOBETROTTERYEA
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great p’ace To go if you want o escape the city but don’t have time to stray far from Wellington. Can see lots of nature and what NZ had to offer. If you’re doing a lot of hiking, this may not be for you as...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ParksideMac
Reviewed 6 days ago

Tuataras so close we could have touched them. Birds are great and so close thothem as well Lots of Tuis and saaale backs Great morning wandering around

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Debbie B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I came here as part of an excursion and we only had a small amount of time so we only got to walk about 3/4 mile of the 8 - 10 miles in the sanctuary. This is really well done with loads of indigenous plantlife....More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Gailjean77
November 2, 2018|
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Response from Michaelaaugust | Reviewed this property |
You definitely get to see a selection of birds during a day tour, make sure to keep a look out as birds are working away through the bark and what not :) As for seeing a kiwi, I haven't managed to see one there yet...next... More
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Lexie W
May 6, 2017|
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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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Jkovilak
Santa Clara, California
15 - 20 Day Itinerary/ Wishlist - Please suggest changes! (10 Replies)
This is our 15 - 20 day Itinerary/ wishlist in Australia. Can you please point out any choices that may be a waste of time/ over-hyped and also any additions or activities that we have missed but is a must see/ do? Also any suggestions for tours/ packages in any of these places would be most welcome. Any suggestions including those not within our current path would be great. The trip will be in the third week of April. Queenstown -Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound -Skyline Gondola ...More
January 29, 2015|
Response fromdeSchenke|
Okay, you know you are going to get teased for saying this is your wishlist for Australia and yet all your destinations are in New Zealand. So, barring that, I will say that none is a "waste of time", but it will depend on where/how you want to spend time/money. The only thing on your list which I think is overhyped (although I've never done it) is the TransAlpine. It goes through miles of tunnels, and really, how scenic can that be? We went to Rotorua for a couple of days and never...More
mark_SydNSW
Australia
Tiritiri Matangi similarity to Zealandia (2 Replies)
Hi, I'm deciding whether to daytrip to Tiritiri Matangi or Rangitoto. I'll be spending some time in Wellington before heading to Auckland and while in Wellington I'll go to the Zealandia sanctuary. Anyone know how similar Tiritiri Matangi is to Zealandia?
June 27, 2014|
Response fromkared13|
Hi Mark, In my experience, Tiri is much more interesting than Zealandia. Because it is an offshore island, the birdlife is much more diverse. Zealandia has a pest proof fence. It has tuatara, and when I visited we saw one sunning itself which was really great. As far as I am aware, there are no tuatara in Tiri (however this may have changed) Both sanctuaries have different bird species but I think you are more likely to see a wider range of birds at Tiritiri Matangi. Rangitoto is...More