School Holiday Programme April 2015

February 24, 2015

Kids on the Zealandia school holiday program

Booking now open for the ZEALANDIA school holiday programme! Tailored for children ages 5 to 12, this unique programme feature a different theme every day. An opportunity to behind the …

600th Kākā Banded at ZEALANDIA

January 6, 2015

The 600th kaka banded at Zealandia. His combination is ML-R (mauve over lime on the left leg, and a red "cohort" band on the right leg). Photo by Linton Miller.

ZEALANDIA has banded its 600th kākā since 14 birds were transferred into the wild at Zealandia in 2002. Until then, kākā had effectively been extinct in Wellington since the early …

Hihi Update

December 16, 2014

A male hihi. (Photo by Janice McKenna)

The hihi breeding season got off to a rocky start this year and a number of nests were abandoned by females during incubation. While conservation staff couldn’t find anything to …

First Kākā Nestlings of 2014 Banded

December 14, 2014

The first kākā chick to be banded this season. (Photo by Linton Miller)

After a delayed start to the kākā breeding season we are now seeing a “baby boom”. Chicks are bursting out of their shells throughout the sanctuary and keeping our volunteer …

Polhill Gully Tieke Update

December 10, 2014

The male tieke at Polhill Gully. (Photo by Paul Stanley Ward)

It has now been over two weeks since the Polhill Gully tieke chicks left their nest. They are the first saddleback to nest on the mainland, outside of a fenced …

Volunteers Celebrated

December 9, 2014

Karori Sanctuary Trust Board Member and Long Time Volunteer, Pam Fuller, presents an award.

We recently celebrated the contribution and outstanding work our volunteers make to ZEALANDIA, and acknowledged those who have reached ten years of service. Zealandia has over 450 volunteers who work …

Translocated Kākā Breeding

December 4, 2014

The kākā sits on her nest at Boundary Stream Sanctuary (Photo by Poutiri Ao ō Tāne)

One of the Juvenile kākā that was translocated from ZEALANDIA to Boundary Stream Sanctuary in the Hawkes Bay is incubating a clutch of eggs, despite staff being told that all birds in …

Beech Track Reopened

December 1, 2014

Beech Track Feature

Four months ago, a large pine tree was brought down during a storm. It landed right in the middle of the Beech Track, closing it for a few months. Instead …

Wellington Green Gecko’s Return

November 16, 2014

A green gecko is checked for mites. (Photo by Janice McKenna)

We recently welcomed eight more Wellington Green Geckos (Mokomoko Kākāriki) from Mana Island. ZEALANDIA is involved in a “head start programme” with the Department of Conservation. Juvenile forest and green …

Rehabilitated tuatara released at ZEALANDIA

November 7, 2014


An injured tuatara found outside ZEALANDIA’s fence by a local resident has been released back into the sanctuary, after spending 7 months being rehabilitated at Wellington Zoo’s The Nest Te Kōhanga. A member …