Just minutes from downtown Wellington, nestled amongst the hilly suburbs, lies a place unlike any other – Zealandia: The Karori Sanctuary Experience. Home to some of the rarest and most extraordinary wildlife on the planet, Zealandia is New Zealand’s award-winning eco-attraction. A must-see if you want to get a real taste of New Zealand’s amazing natural heritage. Your Zealandia experience includes an exciting new exhibition and walk in our ever-changing sanctuary valley.
Inside our new state of the art Visitor Centre, immerse yourself in interactive displays where you can see, feel and play with the history of New Zealand’s wildlife and landscape – from untouched paradise, to the tragic destruction caused by man and finally the restoration and conservation efforts of today. Then spend an hour or two exploring our sanctuary valley, with its easy-walking bush tracks, protected by a predator-proof fence enclosing 225 hectares of regenerating forest. This is your best chance of seeing tuatara and many other iconic native species – in the wild on the mainland, yet just minutes from the bustle of the city. Wind down with a meal or coffee in our Rata Café.
In addition, consider booking on our daily Zealandia by Night tour. After a tour of the exhibition in the Visitor Centre, step through the predator-proof fence. And as darkness falls, your guide will start looking for our elusive national mascot – the kiwi. Over 100 call our valley home, so there’s a good chance of spotting one, foraging in the leaf litter! Often, the glow-worms are so bright you won’t even need your torch! This is an utterly unforgettable experience: New Zealand at its very best.
Zealandia has been voted one of the top 25 eco-restoration projects in Australasia, and is one of only 75 organisations in the world included in The Guardian Green Travel List 2010.
Zealandia is a short drive or cab ride from Wellington CBD at the end of Waiapu Road, Karori. Bus routes 3, 12, 17, 18, 21, 22 and 23 pass close to Waiapu Road. Click here for directions to Zealandia.
For night tour bookings please call the Zealandia Visitor Centre on ph +64 4 920 9200 or book online.
Daily 10am - 5pm (last entry at 4pm)
Zealandia by Night tours run daily, start times vary throughout the year
Closed Christmas Day
See www.visitzealandia.com for admission information. Annual membership pass also available.
Zealandia by Night - $76.50 per adult, $36 per child (12-14) minimum age of 12 years for this tour
Zealandia: The Exhibition is fully wheelchair-accessible. The Zealandia sanctuary valley offers some easy grade, no-step tracks suitable for wheelchairs or the vision impaired. As the valley is a wilderness area, it is requested that vision impaired and people in wheelchairs have a companion with them. Guide dogs are permitted.