ZEALANDIA Protected Natural Area
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ZEALANDIA Protected Natural Area

1 day
About this activity
Discover the 18 species of native bird life, numerous reptiles and thousands of endemic flora in this amazing ecosanctuary, which is working towards restoring the land to its state of pre-human settlement from 80 million years ago!

Immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature within the urban ecosanctuary of Zealandia. Spanning 225 hectares in Wellington, this is one of the world’s largest conservation projects aimed to turn back time and the damage created by human settlement, restoring the land back to its flourishing native flora and fauna. Although an estimated 500 years are needed before it can be fully restored it to its original state, the sanctuary has already reintroduced six species of birds which have not been seen for the past 100 years. You’ll feel one with nature as you walk or bike around the forests and valleys of this piece of paradise. Visit and learn about the unique bird life, such as the iconic kiwi bird. To pair with your daytime experience, see the urban sanctuary at night by torchlight with a guide, where you’ll hear the evening birdsong now saved from extinction.

  • Explore 225 hectares of the world’s first fenced urban ecosanctuary
  • Learn about its conservation project to restore the land to pre-human state
  • Join a 45 minute tour of the lower sanctuary to learn about the unique bird life endemic to New Zealand
  • Discover Zealandia by night on a 2.5 hour tour, to see the Little Spotted Kiwi, glowworms and other native wildlife

Opening Hours:

  • 9:00am-5:00pm (Last admission is at 4:00pm)

  • Zealandia by Night Tour commences 30 minutes before sunset, you will be notified of the time upon booking

  • Regular tours start from the pontoon steps, and finish the red track (find on the visitor map), so please allow 15 minutes of walking time from the Visitor Centre

How To Get There:

  • Address: End of Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Drive: 17 minute drive from Wellington i-Site Information Center
  • Free shuttle buses: Transfer from the Wellington i-Site Information Center, Te Papa, and top of Cable Car, please refer to the website for detailed departure times here
  • Cable Car & Walk: You can take the Wellington Cable car from Lambton Quay to the top of the Botanic Gardens. From there it’s a 20-30 minute walk to Zealandia. Cable car ticket purchase please refer to the following website link: Wellington Cable Car Ticket


  • You will receive confirmation of your booking’s availability within 1 business day. Once confirmed, we will send you the voucher via email
  • In the event that you do not receive an email from us, please check your Spam folder or notify us via email
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