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Connect with Nature at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary

The ‘Windy City’ is located at the south-western tip of the North Island. It is a compact city that encompasses a waterfront promenade, sandy beaches, a working harbour and is surrounded by hills.

Connect with nature right in the heart of Wellington

Beyond the city lies ZEALANDIA Te Māra a Tāne a visionary trailblazer, the first fully-fenced urban eco-sanctuary in the world, with a 500-year vision, right in the heart of New Zealand’s lively Capital City.

What can I see and experience in ZEALANDIA?

green bird with head tilt

Photo Credit: https://www.visitzealandia.com

ZEALANDIA is home to New Zealand’s most unique and extraordinary wildlife with over 500 acres to explore and experience, there is something for every member of your family. Their mission is to connect visitors from across the globe and everyday Kiwis with nature, whilst helping indigenous wildlife flourish in Wellington and beyond through their world-class conservation efforts.

There is plenty to explore at ZEALANDIA, visitors generally spend 2-3 hours in the sanctuary, but make a day of it! Take your time while exploring – stop and listen for birds that may be hiding just out of sight.

beautiful looking black bird in the wild

Photo Credit: https://www.undertheradar.co.nz/

You can walk amongst the 40+ rare wildlife species of birds, reptiles, and plants at your own pace or join in one of the guided tours during the day where you’re likely to see the otherwise rare sight of the takahe, whitehead, wētā, hihi, and bellbird – just to name a few – in the beautiful native New Zealand bushland.

Although ZEALANDIA is an outdoor environment, a large portion of the sanctuary is wheelchair accessible and friendly to deaf and/or blind visitors as well as other impairments. They even welcome service dogs!

bridge over the sea with rainbow in the background

Photo Credit: https://www.visitzealandia.com

No great exploration can be completed without great sustenance. Enjoy a break at Rātā Café – the perfect spot to relax for breakfast or lunch, or anything in between.

table with amazing appetizing food and wine

Photo Credit: https://www.tripadvisor.co.nz

For the adventurous thrill-seekers, you can embrace your nocturnal side and explore ZEALANDIA at night where you will navigate through the park by torchlight as your experienced guide leads you toward glowworms, morepork, tuatara, Maud Island frog, and the ever-elusive little spotted kiwi.

close up picture of a kiwibird

Photo Credit: https://www.discover-the-world.com/excursions/zealandia-ecosanctuary/

*Fun fact: there are 18 species of wildlife in the sanctuary previously absent for more than 100 years in mainland New Zealand, see if you can spot any of them during your adventure.

How much does it cost?

Ticket prices for adults are $23 NZD, children under 5 go FREE.  Children from 5 to 17 years cost $10. A family of 2 adults and up to 3 children pay $50 and seniors and students pay $21.

They are open daily from 9 am – 5 pm with the last entry at 4 pm.

Book a rental car today for easy transport!

On your arrival at the Wellington Airport, you can use our transfer services to take you to Pegasus Rental Cars Wellington, your drive to ZEALANDIA takes under 20 minutes from our branch. Leaving you and your family with plenty of time for adventure – we can’t wait to see you!