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Just 10 minutes from central Wellington, Zealandia is a must-see eco-attraction and groundbreaking restoration project: a nature lover's paradise and a sanctuary by the city!

See some of New Zealand's rarest birds, reptiles and insects living wild in their natural environment, including hihi, tuatara, saddleback, kākā and (at night) little spotted kiwi. Indoors, NZ’s incredible natural history and world-renowned conservation movement are brought to life in a state-of-the-art exhibition. Read more about Zealandia…

"This sensational attraction will bring out the untapped Attenborough in everyone who visits."

Time Out

"Wow. I mean, just wow. This was an incredible experience, and one of the things that makes New Zealand unique."


"Just about the most perfect wildlife sanctuary I've ever had the pleasure of visiting."

Stephen Fry

"It was really cool seeing the birds and getting close to kākā."

10 year old visitor

"An ark within an ark, Karori is one of New Zealand's vital havens for species on the brink."

National Geographic

"Loads of walking tracks, lots to see and friendly staff to tell you more about what they're doing and what to look at."


"An unmissable green experience."

Lonely Planet

Zealandia in a nutshell

This is your perfect starting point. Get the run-down on what we're all about and what you can do here.

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"Zealandia by Night" tour

Join our sensational guided night tour to experience the nocturnal sights and sounds of the bush. You'll never forget it!

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Our wildlife

All about our remarkable species. Birds, reptiles, insects, plants and more.

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Ask a Ranger

Judi M. asks "Can you tell the ages of the kākā by the colours of their bands?"

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Report a bird

Have you seen a kākā in Khandallah or a bellbird by the Beehive?

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Venue hire

From weddings to intimate meetings, choose from a range of stunning venues.

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Become a Zealandia Frequent Flyer to enjoy your sanctuary as often as you like, all year.

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Zealandia is a living classroom delivering truly outstanding education tours for all ages.

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