Zealandia - The Karori Sanctuary Experience - Wellington
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Nestled beside a beautiful, tranquil reservoir, Zealandia Karori Sanctuary occupies a stunning eco-world of its own, just ten minutes from the centre of Wellington.
This unique restoration project is dedicated to conserving some of the rarest and most spectacular wildlife in New Zealand, by both maintaining and sustaining a natural habitat, and by educating visitors as to the importance of preserving the ecosystems of the country's precious, indigenous creatures.
This valley sanctuary is a world pioneer in wildlife conservation, and is run by a passionate not-for-profit team of professionals and experts who all have one thing in common - a commitment to restoring this picturesque valley to its original, pre-human state. Come along and see the awesome progress that's already been made!
Zealandia has something for everyone, young and old, and it's up to you whether you choose to spend the whole day here (very easy to do!) or just a few hours.
Zealandia is the proud home of the first fully-fenced urban eco-sanctuary in the world. The Sanctuary Valley is a 225-hectare sanctuary, home to an array of native birds and reptile, as well as some of the best walking tracks in the Wellington area. You can choose from 32km of tracks, from buggy and wheelchair friendly to craggy tramping grade.
Try and spot the myriad native New Zealand species like the cheeky kaka (forest parrots), the famous and sought after takahe (there are less than 300 left in the world!), the Jurassic tuatara, the hihi, saddleback and (on the special Zealandia By Night tour) the spotted kiwi. You might even spy a gecko or two, scurrying up and down the tree trunks.
New Zealand's ecological history is showcased in the exhibition at Zealandia, from the diverse days before the arrival of humans, to the changes caused by introduced species and landscape changes. With interactive exhibits, information panels, videos and stunning life-size models of a Haast eagle and a moa, the exhibition is as entertaining as it is informational. Definitely a must-do for anyone interested in the natural history of New Zealand.
For an unforgettable experience, book a Zealandia by Night Tour. A guide will take you through the park after the sun has set, to see and hear the wildlife when much of it is at its most active.
Monday to Sunday: 10.00 - 5.00pm, Weekends (Jan, Feb, March): 10.00 - 6.00pm, Last valley entry at 4.00pm (5.00pm summer weekends).
General Admission (All day exhibition and sanctuary entry) : Adults $17.50 / Children (12-14 yrs) $9.00 / Child (under 5 yrs) Free / Family (2 adults&up to 3 children) $44.00 / Concession (student/senior, with ID) $14.00.
Exhibition only: Adults $7.50 / Children (12-14 yrs) $5.00 / Child (under 5 yrs) Free / Family (2 adults&up to 3 children) $20.00 / Concession (student/senior, with ID) $6.00
Please visit Zealandia or call 04 920 9200 for bookings and latest price information.