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Karori Sanctuary Trust

Zealandia is managed by Karori Sanctuary Trust, a not-for-profit community-led organisation.


The Trust’s official vision is to be a world-class conservation site portraying our natural heritage that captures people’s imagination, understanding and commitment.

As part of this we have an extraordinary 500-year vision to restore a corner of mainland New Zealand as closely as possible to the way it was ‘the day before humans arrived’.

The first of its kind

The establishment of the Trust in 1995 was a radical idea and a major breakthrough in the conservation and recovery of native wildlife on mainland New Zealand, reversing a decline that has lasted for at least 700 years.

The Trust’s groundbreaking achievements in urban ecological restoration; the eradication of invasive species; and the recovery of endangered native wildlife exceeded all expectations in its first ten years.

Sharing the conservation message

Through Zealandia, the Trust provides valuable opportunities for all New Zealanders and visitors to learn about, experience and appreciate the natural heritage of New Zealand, and to help influence their behaviour in their own environment.


The Trust’s conservation and education goals are funded through donations, memberships, visitor charges, sponsorships and grants. Take a look at our valued supporters.