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Zealandia, wildlife sanctuary in Wellington — what to do

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Wellington, North Island

Wildlife sanctuary in Wellington, world class and have visited yet?

This article is a heartfelt ode to one of the world’s great sanctuaries and it is in Wellington. As regional tourism states, “Arrive in Wellington and you’ll be greeted with birdsong. The sound of native birds in every tree in town can be heard thanks to some forward-thinking folk who created a pioneering sanctuary that’s turned back time on Wellington’s native environment.

Visit, the world’s first fully-fenced ecosanctuary, ZEALANDIA is an incredible slice of wilderness that isn’t what you’d expect to find a few minutes’ drive from the central city, but Wellington is all about the unexpected.

When you visit a wildlife sanctuary the birds are wild and there is a possibility that the birds are not readily visible. It is recommended you are part of a guided tour. Make the most of your visit to ZEALANDIA with a guided tour! Enjoy all the sights and sounds of ZEALANDIA with an experienced guide who will lead you through the sanctuary valley. Soak up the beautiful scenery while learning more about New Zealand’s unique ecological history.

Lower dam at Zealandia, formerly known as the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary in Wellington, New Zealand Lower dam at Zealandia

Guided tours provide visitors with insights into the native bird, reptile and plant species that are thriving within the predator proof sanctuary. Tours can be enjoyed during the day, twilight and at night, and each provides a very distinct and unforgettable experience.

Plus, every guided tour ticket comes with an additional General Admission pass, so you can enjoy the Sanctuary the day before, of, or after your tour! There are kids tours at dusk which could definitely be part of a school holiday treat while visiting Wellington

For more ideas about things to do in Wellington check out Wellington city guide and nature lovers don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit Matiu/Somes island, day trip from Wellington — what to do – Best Bits.


Zealandia is worth the journey.


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