Photo: Michael Hamilton
The Karori Sanctuary Experience

The experience

The exhibition

Join us on an extraordinary journey; from the day before humans arrived; through a century of catastrophic loss; and finally, to the present day, when New Zealanders begin to put our shattered paradise back together.

‘Zealandia: The Exhibition’ is the first facility fully-dedicated to showcasing New Zealand’s unique natural history and world-famous conservation movement.

Big screen

Step back 1,000 years as a beautiful and moving short film tells the story of environmental devastation and recent conservation in New Zealand.
Movie times: 7.5 minutes long. Plays every half hour through the day.

Life size moa and Haast’s eagle

Interact with a life size moa and marvel at the magnificent Haast’s eagle – both now extinct and gone forever. Learn how many more of our native species may be lost to the history books without appropriate conservation work.

Photo: Story Inc

Interactives, videos, information panels

Over two floors you will see what was lost and why, then learn about the fragments of our paradise that still remain – and what places like Zealandia are doing to make them whole again.

Photo: Daniel Allen

Exhibition design

Using state-of-the-art interactive exhibits designed by world-renowned exhibition designers Story Inc (creators of the LOTR Exhibition and the NZ Pavilion at the upcoming Shanghai World Expo); and model-makers Izzat Design, Zealandia: The Exhibition is a unique and not-to-be-missed experience.

Next stop: Take a walk in the sanctuary valley (or a bite to eat at Rata Café)