Zealandia by Day Tour

4.8 / 5

31 reviews

Activity provider: Zealandia

Zealandia by Day Tour

Activity provider: Zealandia

From US$ 37.96 per person

Enjoy all the sights and sounds of Zealandia during the daytime with an experienced guide who will lead you through the sanctuary. Soak up the beautiful scenery while learning more about New Zealand’s unique ecological history.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Enjoy a 2-hour guided walking tour of Zealandia Ecosanctuary in Wellington
  • Learn about New Zealand’s native wildlife from an expert local guide in a small group
  • See rare and endangered birds including takahē, tui, and kākā or spot the tutuara
Full description
Discover New Zealand’s native wildlife on an immersive 2-hour guided walking tour at Zealandia Ecosanctuary. Located 10-minutes from Wellington CBD, the fully-fenced, predator-free ecosanctuary is home to some of the world’s most extraordinary and vulnerable animals.  Zealandia can be easily reached by car, free shuttle, or cable car from Wellington CBD. Check in at the vistor center ticket desk where you will meet your guide. Begin with introduction in the ecosanctuary’s exhibition. You will complete a short bio-security bag check before you can enter the sanctuary. This is to prevent any predators from entering the sanctuary with you. Then, venture out into the sanctuary to discovery the riches of our native flora and fauna at its very best.  Make the most of your visit with your expert guide, who will share with you the history, sights and sounds of the forest and its secrets. Witness the highly intelligent kākā (bush parrot), kakariki, tūī and bellbirds at feeding stations positioned along the sanctuary’s walkways. After 2 hours exploring the vast parklands, you will return to the visitor center. Relax after your tour with a coffee or meal at Cafe Rata. 
  • Entry ticket
  • Professional tour guide
  • 2-hour small-group walking tour
  • Hotel pick-up & drop off
  • Food & drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with respiratory issues

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Meeting point

Zealandia Visitor Center, 53 Waiapu Rd, Karori, Wellington, New Zealand

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • This is a small-group tour limited to 12 people
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved and due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • Please inform your guide if you have any medical conditions that you would like them to be aware of, e.g. asthma
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • From 3 December 2021, visitors to Zealandia Te Mārā a Tāne will be required to show their Vaccination Pass prior to entry.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 31 reviews

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Definitely opt for the guided walk if you want to get the most out of your Zealandia visit! My guide, Claire, was friendly and knowledgeable and her passion for Zealandia and its inhabitants was quite infectious. I would’ve missed a lot of amazing birds and reptiles if I had just ventured on my own.

December 30, 2022

We did a guided tour which was really worthwhile. We saw things we would never have seen otherwise - takeha, kaka, tuatara, saddleback etc. All the guides are volunteers so the entire cost of the tour goes towards the maintenance of this wonderful facility so close to a major city. A brilliant afternoon.

November 7, 2022

As an introduction to Zealandia, the tour was the best thing - this is an amazing place, so much thought and planning to reclaim nature, what a vision! The tour showed us only 20% of the entire valley but enough to get an idea of how successful the strategy was to regenerate the land. The tour consisted of walking along a variety of paths, up slopes, down steps, and through bush, visiting locations where once extinct birds and other creatures now live. The value of a guided tour was to be able to hear about how the project started and progressed - amazing.

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October 11, 2022

Product ID: 89877