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ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, Wellington

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#1 of 55 in Parks in Wellington
Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
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The world's first urban eco-sanctuary, Zealandia hosts New Zealand's most endangered native animals, including tuatara, kiwi and giant wētā, all living wild just ten minutes from downtown Wellington. Visitors of all ages can enjoy hands-on learning about New Zealand's natural history, from 80 million years ago to the present day. If you prefer to venture on your own, you can explore the 225 hectare (560 acre) valley via moderate hiking trails or wheelchair-accessible paths. To gain deeper insight into the sanctuary's special ecosystem, sign up for a guided daytime, twilight, or night tour--just make sure you book in advance. A favorite of guests, the flashlight-guided night tour introduces you to the sights and sounds of the New Zealand bush, which you can only catch after the sun goes down. Put ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Wellington vacation maker site.
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ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary reviews

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  • Amazing place to see our land, everything u can imagine is here, even on the windy day we visited it’s mind blowing, saw amazing animals in their natural habitat 
    Amazing place to see our land, everything u can imagine is here, even on the windy day we visited it’s mind blowing, saw amazing animals in their natural habitat  more »
  • It is a lovely thing to go visit and an amazing view of the water not too busy and nice spot to have a picnic 
    It is a lovely thing to go visit and an amazing view of the water not too busy and nice spot to have a picnic  more »
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  • Easy to get to. Up the cable car then onto a free shuttle bus. You can spend several hours here wandering all the different tracks through native bush. Plenty of different birds here in their natural habitat. Several feeding stations which bring the birds down for a close view. Also quite a few picnic tables around the area. Was there for several hours and loved every minute.
  • A local favourite, easily accessible by public transport. If driving, get there before noon (earlier on weekends) or parking is packed. Nice cafe, nice walks to be had, just remember to bring water & sun protection, and there are no rubbish bins in the valley so take it all out with you.

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