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Zealandia Small Group Eco Wildlife Night Tour provided by ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary

Zealandia Small Group Eco Wildlife Night Tour
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Zealandia Small Group Eco Wildlife Night Tour
By ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary
Recommended by 100% of travellers
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from
AU$81.22
per adult

Ages 12-99, max of 12 per group
Duration:
2h 30m
Ticket type:
Mobile
English

About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5306NIGHT
Important information
Inclusions
  • Torches/flashlights supplied
  • Guided walking tour of Zealandia: The Exhibition and Sanctuary Valley
  • Entry/Admission - ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
2h 30m
Departure details
  • 53 Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington 6012, New Zealand The ZEALANDIA Visitors Centre is located at the end of Waiapu Road.
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Wear sturdy footwear, bring extra layers of clothing and a waterproof jacket. Torches (flashlights) are supplied
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with limited mobility, or difficulty walking for 2 hours in low-light conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Inclusions
  • Torches/flashlights supplied
  • Guided walking tour of Zealandia: The Exhibition and Sanctuary Valley
  • Entry/Admission - ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • 53 Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington 6012, New Zealand The ZEALANDIA Visitors Centre is located at the end of Waiapu Road.
Duration
2h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Wear sturdy footwear, bring extra layers of clothing and a waterproof jacket. Torches (flashlights) are supplied
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with limited mobility, or difficulty walking for 2 hours in low-light conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    53 Waiapu Road
    53 Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
    The ZEALANDIA Visitors Centre is located at the end of Waiapu Road.
    See address & details
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    ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    The tour begins with a short film and introduction inside the Visitor Centre's interactive exhibition. Afterwards, the guide leads the group on an exciting walk through the sanctuary in search of wildlife.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Wendy B
Rotorua, New Zealand3 contributions
We had a fantastic night tour with very knowledgeable guides (Thank you Alison and Team). The wildlife didn't disappoint. We saw kiwi, tuatara, weta, takahe, a native frog, glow worms and gherkin slugs, as well as sighting or hearing other native birds. What a special place to visit.
Written 31 October 2021
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Wonderful, Wendy so glad you had a great time! A night tour is particularly special. Come again soon :)
Written 1 November 2021
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Fforde
Manchester, UK447 contributions
Jul. 2021
A crisp winter evening saw the tour start at the very reasonable time of 4:45 pm. Exceptionally knowledgeable guide, and John the volunteer bird spotter did a fabulous job. Highlights of the tour were a morepork calling in a tree and a kiwi in the middle of the track (no peeking around branches to see this specimen of NZ culture).

The evening ended with a hot cuppa, and the start time mean there was enough time to get into town and have dinner.

Highly recommended, and the price of entry includes a years membership.
Written 26 July 2021
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Sounds like you had a great Zealandia by Night tour! Winter certainly allows for ideal timings and some amazing wildlife only seen at night. We're glad you're excited about your membership, which is included with full price Zealandia by Night tour tickets. Hope to see you again soon! :)
Written 3 August 2021
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S B
Long Island City, NY47 contributions
Jan. 2021 • Family
Zealandia is a fabulous place to see New Zealand native animals Tonight I did my first “Zealandia at Night“ tour. It was absolutely fabulous! Allison was our guide. (Steve was a volunteer there to help find animals.) We saw several Tuatara. We saw and heard many types of Birds including the tiny spotted kiwi bird. We even saw Morepork feeding their young. It’s a small group, maximum guests is 12. It’s not cheap, but it’s worth the money. I suggest you do it!
Written 22 January 2021
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Oscar Preuss
Wellington, New Zealand23 contributions
Jan. 2020
Zealandia is one of my favourite places in New Zealand. Over the last year or so, I've been there about once a fortnight. As such, I had high hopes for this night tour...

and I wasn't disappointed!

After arriving, we hung about for 10 minutes, before entering the sanctuary. I'll be honest, the beginning was pretty boring. The tour guide tried to explain ever single sign, and point out EVERY individual bird.

Once we got into the forest, things got much better. We were surrounded by the call of the Kiwi, and constant rustling in the undergrowth. Then, just as I thought we wouldn't see anything, a single Little Spotted Kiwi stepped out into an opening in the trees. The Kiwi stayed with us for about 30 seconds, and was fascinating to watch.

After seeing the Kiwi, we watched a massive Eel chomping on a snack (much better than it sounds), and headed home.

For any bird lovers in the area, I would definitely recommend coming on this night tour (as well as a visit to Zealandia in the daytime).

As a final word of advice, it gets quite cold, so be sure to bring some gloves and a scarf!
Written 25 August 2020
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Thanks for your review, and for being such a frequent supporter of ZEALANDIA! We're glad you enjoyed your night tour.
Written 25 August 2020
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lampug
Essex, UK116 contributions
Feb. 2020
Its quite an experience going on a twilight walk in a quiet environment such as this looking for a rare bird and seeing other local wildlife at this time. We had a very experienced local kiwi guide (ex Suffolk albeit a long time ago) who gave us a good introduction to what Zeelandia is all about before we started the walk. We did see a kiwi fairly close up although it was very brief because they are shy creatures and it dashed away. It's not everyone's cup of tea but we enjoyed the experience it's not a difficult walk and good walking shoes are adequate.
Written 29 March 2020
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parrothead99
Chaplin CT103 contributions
Feb. 2020
This is a lovely rather leisurely walk around the sanctuary which is a gem. Our guide was very knowledgable and interesting and very dedicated to preserving the unique wildlife which has been threatened by predators introduced to NZ.

I really wanted to see a kiwi. Using info red "torches" we heard the scratching sound and just at the end of the tour, VOILA! There was it was.
The gift store has some lovely items and they serve a the made from local plants at the end. The night tours have limited capacity, so book early.
Written 28 February 2020
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PeripatetiPat
San Francisco, CA152 contributions
Feb. 2020
This eco-sanctuary is an abandoned water system for the city. I took the night tour which was just magical...though I'm sure it would have been interesting in the daytime. NZ has a very different flora and fauna than the rest of the world. and the guides were great pointing these out. Here we were in the heart of the city with all of these nature sounds in one ear and in the other, a Queen concert blasting from the city center. Really cool. And we saw Kiwi's...the illusive native "bird" - it doesn't fly that is the country's mascot.
Written 27 February 2020
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Richard
32 contributions
Feb. 2020
What an outstanding way to observe indigenous and other wildlife close up! Our guide, Juliet, provided a very informed commentary on the various birds, insects, fish and other aspects of life at Zealandia. This Reserve is phenomenal. Towards the end of our tour, we were very fortunate to observe a Kiwi in its natural habitat for several minutes. That was really cool.....
Written 13 February 2020
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Itsmeagain2
Tonbridge, UK1,370 contributions
What can we say, except “Wow!” Our guide, Gabriel, and spotter Lyn did us proud! We were each equipped with a red torch and an ear piece so Gabriel could talk to us without raising his voice.

Starting off at dusk, we admired Kaka, fantails and shag by daylight before being accosted by the Takahe that clearly anticipated Gabriel having some treats for them.

As the night got darker, we listened to the sounds and used our torches to spot Weta (big crickets), Tuatara (lizard-like dinosaurs) and long finned eels... and Glowworms. The Glowworms are the same as those at Waitomo. We have been to Waitomo and it’s magical, but if you’re on a budget then come here and get more in one trip!

And then the magic happened. Little Spotted Kiwi! The first found by Lyn was scratching away next to us for a good ten minutes and the second, spotted by Gabriel, wasn’t around as long but was no less special.

On top of all this, your ticket gives you admission by daylight next day. Brilliant trip, well worth the money.
Written 11 February 2020
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annie s
Northern Ireland, UK126 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Couples
We booked the night tour to give us the possibility of seeing the native kiwi bird. Our booking for the night tour gave us an extra entrance to the reserve the morning before or the day after our tour. Which for us was brilliant, it allowed us to make the most of the reserve and get a reasonable walk in and to see many different birds in the day time as well as the notcturnal ones when we came back again at dusk. seeing a kiwi on the night walk is not guaranteed, but we were incredibly lucky and saw three in different areas of the reserve as well as hearing a few others to. Zealandia really is THE place to see the birds of new Zealand, well worth the money. The organisation is not for profit, the money from entrance tickets etc goes back into maintaining the reserves predator free status and helps to fund programs that are working to increase the numbers of the at risk birds such as the kiwi and the takahē this is eco tourism done right.
Written 2 February 2020
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By: ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary
frankdA1901TI
frankdA1901TI
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Two hour self guided walk
Although Zealandia is still in its infancy and the bush and birdlife are still regenerating, we enjoyed a two-hour
855karenb2016
855karenb2016
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Awesome!
Zealandia is a must to do if your in Wellington or on a holiday. We found doing the guided tour with a guide was t
JakeRaven
JakeRaven
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Highlights of the New Zealand Bush close to the City
I've been visiting Zealandia for years now, and it never disappoints. Well maintained tracks take you into some bea
LesleyA507
LesleyA507
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Great day out, very interesting
Zealandia just keeps getting better and better. Really easy to see NZ wildlife eg Takahe, Kaka, Tuatara. The place
Teabag_11
Teabag_11
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Great to see native wildlife
Took the kids for a day out and really enjoyed it. We got to see some native birds for the first time ever such as
harriet814
harriet814
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Julia on the walking tour was an absolute treat
We did the 2 hour walking tour as recent immigrants to NZ and it was absolutely brilliant! It was really informativ
Mike N
Mike N
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A Park that's an Ark
We spent two very enjoyable hours here with one of the volunteer guides walking around Zealandia. We learnt about t
kiwisahoy
kiwisahoy
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Guided 2hr tour on a beautiful Sunday morning.
Had a 10am daytime tour with Roy … such a lovely guide…just the right amount of talking and he was so helpful findi
Global05263991969
Global05263991969
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Amazing with options for all
Overwhelmed by how huge this place is. Walks of all capabilities and birds everywhere. I honestly didn't expect it
Desconroy1
Desconroy1
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Wheelchair friendly and amazing staff
We visited Zealandia today and we were blown away with the kindness, support and consideration the staff had shown
rochelledixon407
rochelledixon407
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Raw nature
Visited on a bright sunny day. made me fall in love with Wellington all over again. Beautiful nature escape.
chrissK1686GZ
chrissK1686GZ
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Excellent
Great place in Wellington. Easy Trails to get around for all ages and fitness levels. Plenty to see and lots to lea
gtlegacy2015
gtlegacy2015
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Magical enclave
A excellent morning experience for young and old. Easy walking tracks in the main. Plenty of things to capture th
jaerikw
jaerikw
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A peaceful place, a gem in Wellington
The tour was definitely worth the price, especially for those who are not familiar with NZ birds and plants. I love
Shuna G
Shuna G
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Great place to visit but avoid school holidays.
Excellent reserve but unfortunately we had to visit during school holidays so lots of noisy children who do not con
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