Zealandia by Night Tour

4.9 / 5

26 reviews

Activity provider: Zealandia

Zealandia by Night Tour

Activity provider: Zealandia

From US$ 59.40 per person

Explore the eco-sanctuary at night with an experienced guide by torchlight. Zealandia is one of the best places in New Zealand to see the kiwi bird in the wild.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • Explore Zealandia at night by torchlight with an experienced guide
  • Look for kiwi foraging in the night and see rare native New Zealand animals in their natural habitat
  • See the highlights of Zealandia's interactive exhibition
Full description
Experience Zealandia by night on a guided tour by torchlight. The fully-fenced, urban eco-sanctuary is located 10-minutes from Wellington central business district.   Your guide will lead you in search of the distinctive sights and sounds of New Zealand’s native forest. Experience many of the rare and endangered species. See those that only come out at night. Observe unique species such as wētā, glow worms, tuatara, and takahē.  Sightings of kiwi are common on these tours (around 80% of the time), though are not guaranteed. Gain insights into New Zealand’s natural history. Learn about the significance of unique species within Māori culture. Your tour will end with a replenishing cup of hot kawakawa (bushman’s tea) in the Visitors Centre.
  • Exhibit entrance fee
  • Guided night tour
  • Transportation
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Zealandia Visitor Center, 53 Waiapu Rd, Karori, Wellington 6012.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • High-heeled shoes
  • Flash photography
  • Umbrellas
  • Open-toed shoes

Know before you go

  • There is a minimum age of 12 years old
  • Please advise when booking if you have any mobility or accessibility requirements
  • This tour is not recommended for those using a wheelchair or with walking disabilities because a moderate amount of walking on uneven surfaces is involved
  • There is a maximum number of 12 people per tour
  • It is recommended to wear sturdy footwear, plenty of layers, and a waterproof jacket because the tour operates rain or shine
  • Torches are provided with a red filter so they do not disturb wildlife or affect your night vision
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 26 reviews

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We had an amazing experience. First time walking through the bush with an infrared torch let alone in a wildlife sanctuary. Unfortunately we weren't lucky enough to spot a kiwi but we heard them calling nearby. We did see very active tuatara, including one that walked right past us on the path and so many glow worms all through the bush. The night calls were also lovely to listen to.

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March 24, 2023

Really enjoyed walking through the forest and seeing a range of creatures. Katie was very informative and we worked well as a group. I was so delighted to watch a kiwi foraging for worms and it walked across the path quite close to where I was standing.

March 24, 2023

The night tour of the sanctuary was an exeperience not to be missed, going with no expectation I was pleased to see the passionate work carried out to help re-establish the natural environment of fauna & flora that existed in the region prior to mans intervention. Our guide was informative on the night and helped us understand what was nessesary to protect the area for years to come. Seeing some highly endangered birds, reptiles and to see the elusive small spotted kiwi was indeed a highlight.

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March 24, 2023

Product ID: 18448