ZEALANDIA Sanctuary, Wellington

4.5
#1 of 59 in Parks in Wellington
The world's first urban eco-sanctuary, Zealandia hosts New Zealand's most endangered native animals, including tuatara, kiwi and giant wētā, all living wild just ten minutes from downtown Wellington. Visitors of all ages can enjoy hands-on learning about New Zealand's natural history, from 80 million years ago to the present day. If you prefer to venture on your own, you can explore the 225 hectare (560 acre) valley via moderate hiking trails or wheelchair-accessible paths. To gain deeper insight into the sanctuary's special ecosystem, sign up for a guided daytime, twilight, or night tour--just make sure you book in advance. A favorite of guests, the flashlight-guided night tour introduces you to the sights and sounds of the New Zealand bush, which you can only catch after the sun goes down. Put ZEALANDIA Sanctuary on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Wellington vacation maker site.
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  • Although it was a pretty damp day, we really enjoyed our wander through the bush. We saw kaka, takahe, a tuatara, tui, and bellbirds, but missed out on the saddlebacks. A great place for a family day....  more »
  • The sanctuary is well-maintained and offers a beautiful insight into New Zealand's birdlife. Make sure to book a guided tour, else you might miss the hidden birds quickly.  more »

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