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ZEALANDIA Sanctuary

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Address: 53 Waiapu Road, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
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+64 4-920 9200
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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ZEALANDIA is a heaven of tropical bliss right on the doorstep of Wellington...

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 in 1999 ZEALANDIA has brought a number of native birds, reptiles and wildlife back from the brink of extinction where they now roam freely through the 225 hectare valley. A visit to ZEALANDIA is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and a must for anyone visiting Wellington. There are a number treks to saunter, suitable for any fitness level. Alternatively step back in time with our interactive exhibition center or take a load off at the atmospheric Rata Café.

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USD 13.63*
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Zealandia: The Exhibition and Sanctuary Valley
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USD 50.10*
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Zealandia by Night Tour
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USD 88.41*
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Scenic Wellington Helicopter Flight

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Oasis

Zealandia is an oasis of calm on the outskirts of Wellington. There are a variety of walks through the valley both short and easy or longer and less easy depending on how long you... read more

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Zealandia is an oasis of calm on the outskirts of Wellington. There are a variety of walks through the valley both short and easy or longer and less easy depending on how long you want to make it. There is a cafe for food and drinks which should cater for most tastes. You can see a variety of birds and... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited Zealandia on a Saturday afternoon. We booked the 1pm Zealandia by day tour. After watching the film in the exhibition space, our guide, Paul, took us on a walk round the sanctuary. Informative, knowledgeable and sharing this with us, covering a lot inside the ecosanctuary, for sure we appreciated and enjoyed this more than if we'd just wandered... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great place to spend the day at. I followed the recommend route and enjoyed it. The layout of the place is really well thought out and covers over 32kms! Didn't see as many species as I would have liked but perhaps my eyes were playing tricks on me 👀The value is great and given I could come... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Zealandia is a really worthwhile place to visit; it has been created from scratch in a few years by fencing off an area and clearing out pests and non native species. It's staggering how quickly the natural plants re-establish themselves. They have also introduced native animals and birds, which all seem to be thriving. Regrettably we had not given ourselves... More 

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Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Awesome surrounds and amazing to see rare birds up close. We paid extra for a guided tour and Roy was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. It was well worth it!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I joined one of the $55 tours which seemed to include admission (so I think it's only +$35 or so). The guide was super kind and knowledgeable. He took us out into the reserve for about 3 hours. My only complaint is likely not fair so take it with a grain of salt. The guide stopped often for what I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I came to Zealandia in the afternoon with my parents who were visiting me from Vancouver, Canada. We loved walking through the valley at our own speed and found the map of the sanctuary really easy to follow. We saw every kind of imaginable creature...tuatara, hihi, bellbirds, fantail, kaka, takahe, kakariki, it was amazing! We even saw a weta on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

One of the highlights of our stay in Melbourne was our morning spent at Zealandia. Take the cable car from the town and there is a courtesy mini bus that takes you on a 5 minute ride to the Sanctuary. Genuine, honest & delightful people in Reception & Restaurant who all clearly care about what they are doing. Helen our... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent a couple of hours wandering around the tracks, looking and listening out for birds. A nice way to take a break from the busyness of the city, only a few minutes drive from town.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We took the free shuttle from the civic centre. The van only holds about 10 people. The van comes about every hour. The drive to zealandia was about 20 minutes. Admission was $18 per adult. There are bathrooms and a cafe. The nature walk from the visitors centre to the upper dam bridge took about 45 minutes one way not... More 

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